May 21, 2018 – 10:17 am EST |

Part 2 here. “Working around a core of former Stanford University Maoists, League of Revolutionary Struggle supporters and Unity Organizing Committee members, Steve Phillips has created a network that has infiltrated the highest levels of the Democratic Party.” San Francisco lawyer Steve Phillips was a Marxist-Leninist student activist in the 1980’s, a supporter of the “League of […]

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Russia Backs Iran. Who is Surprised?
April 22, 2006 – 2:35 am EST |
Russia Backs Iran. Who is Surprised?

From Jihad Watch Russia today offered its most outspoken support yet of the controversial nuclear programme in Iran, its neighbour and trading partner. “Our advice to our Iranian colleagues and friends is to complete work with the International Atomic Energy Authority and to calmly continue its nuclear energy programme… and on this path we are […]

Heather Roy, I Salute You
April 20, 2006 – 11:39 pm EST |
Heather Roy, I Salute You

ACT’s Heather Roy is easily one of the most hardworking and committed MPs in parliament. As ACT’s national security spokesman she has decided to front up to see what life is like for soldiers in the field. Heather Roy has joined the Territorial Army. This weekend, she leaves her family and the comfort of Karori […]

ACT Up!
April 20, 2006 – 3:25 am EST |
ACT Up!

according to the latest Roy Morgan poll ACT is up from 1% to 2.5%. Maori Party is up by 0.5% to 2% NZ First is down 1% to 3.5% National are down by 3% to 40% Labour are up 1.5% to 41.5% Greens are up 0.5% to 7%. According to Andrew Falloon Strangely enough though, […]

Kotare Kay Makes Moko Pay
April 19, 2006 – 5:00 am EST |
Kotare Kay Makes Moko Pay

A few years ago, an activist associated with the Kotare School made a complaint to the Human Rights Commission. In my opinion, this complaint resulted in a significant loss of choice and ability to exercise property rights, for licensed premises owners and employers, all over the country. Below is an article on the incident and […]

What Does Kotare School Actually Do?
April 18, 2006 – 11:45 pm EST |
What Does Kotare School Actually Do?

Sue Bradford’s Kotare School works with a wide variety of groups all over NZ and abroad. Below are excerpts from their Spring 2005 newsletter to give an idea what they’re up to. Much of it sounds quite innocuous, harmless even. However think of the damage that UNITE and Sue Bradford’s youth wage campaign will do […]

How Whorehouses are Healthier than Hospitals
April 18, 2006 – 1:38 am EST |
How Whorehouses are Healthier than Hospitals

Richard Prebble’s latest “The Letter” also says As an interesting aside, everyone now agrees that the prostitution law reform has been a failure. There is more prostitution, more street walking and younger girls are involved. Here is your answer to our health problems. There are no waiting lists in brothels. If anything, there is an […]

Prebble on Why Health is Sick
April 18, 2006 – 1:26 am EST |
Prebble on Why Health is Sick

From the latest “The Letter” by Richard Prebble. There are now 12,000 health bureaucrats, one for every hospital bed. Despite an increase in hospital spending of around 40%, elective surgery has increased by just 8%. The private system has always been more efficient but the gap is increasing. The cost of a night in intensive […]

Delahunty Spills Her Guts on Kotare School, Part 2 (Final)
April 17, 2006 – 6:29 am EST |
Delahunty Spills Her Guts on Kotare School, Part 2 (Final)

Excerpts from Part Two of a talk given by Kotare School “educator”, Catherine Delahunty in Sydney in 2004. “We Make the Road By Talking?” Part one is here. Working at our Centre and around the country we share our structural analysis tools and interactive learning techniques with community workers who are the front line of […]

Cuba-Venezuelan Parliamentary Fusion
April 17, 2006 – 12:07 am EST |
Cuba-Venezuelan Parliamentary Fusion

From the Communist party of Australia’s Guardian 12.4.06 On March 31, on the other side of the world, the Speaker of the Venezuelan Parliament, Nicolas Maduro, arrived in Havana heading a delegation that will participate in the second Cuba-Venezuela Legislative meeting, aimed at further boosting official relations. The gathering will lay the ground-work to strengthen […]

Trans Tasman Socialist Solidarity Solidified
April 16, 2006 – 11:28 pm EST |
Trans Tasman Socialist Solidarity Solidified

From the CPA’s Guardian of 12.4.06 Peter Symon, Warren Brewer, Brendan Tuohy and CPA President, Hannah Middleton. The Communist Party of Australia recently had the pleasure of hosting a delegation from the Socialist Party of Aotearoa . Party Secretary Warren Brewer and Chair Brendan Touhy’s March visit heralds a strengthening of trans-Tasman co-operation between communist […]

Near Limitless Transport Fuel from Coal?
April 16, 2006 – 11:09 pm EST |
Near Limitless Transport Fuel from Coal?

Maksimovich at Outsidethecube runs an excellent scientific/political blog. Check out his latest post on coal to diesel conversion technology here. Professor Alan Goldman and his Rutgers team in collaboration with researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a way to convert carbon sources, such as coal to diesel fuel. This […]

Newman Explains Labour’s Health Rationing System
April 16, 2006 – 4:05 am EST |
Newman Explains Labour’s Health Rationing System

In her latest Newman Weekly, Muriel Newman explains how Labour’s health waiting lists work-or more accurately, don’t. To see the full article go to Muriel’s NZ Centre for Political Debate. Emily, like 180,000 or so other New Zealanders, is on a hospital waiting list. The problem is this “queue” of people waiting for surgery is […]

Fisking Marxist Matt McCarten
April 16, 2006 – 2:44 am EST |
Fisking Marxist Matt McCarten

I couldn’t let this piece in todays Herald on Sunday, by Marxist Matt McCarten, go by without a good fisking. Below are some excerpts, with my comments in bold. Wasn’t the victory for workers in France magnificent this week? Millions of workers and students took to the streets over the past month to staunchly oppose […]

W.A.Y.N.C.R.? Number 6, Bob Rigg
April 15, 2006 – 12:13 am EST |
W.A.Y.N.C.R.? Number 6, Bob Rigg

Some older readers might remember my sixth Where Are You Now, Campus Radical? profile subject, Bob Rigg, from Victoria Uni in the mid ’60s (he got an MA in 1967). He was much better known at Waikato in the ’70s. He edited the student paper, “Nexus”, in 1974 and stirred up no end of controversy […]

More Communists Than Ever?
April 14, 2006 – 12:11 am EST |
More Communists Than Ever?

This is a point of view you’ll never see in the main stream media. Sobering and almost certainly true. Peter Symon, general secretary of the Communist Party of Australia, writing in the Guardian, 14.12.05 In October 2005, no less than 73 communist and workers’ parties participated in a conference in Athens. Another nine parties sent […]

The World’s Most Expensive Escargot?
April 13, 2006 – 11:55 pm EST |
The World’s Most Expensive Escargot?

ACT MP Heather Roy, puts things in perspective. Yesterday, Conservation Minister Chris Carter approved the relocation of 250 Powelliphanta Augustus snails to a new home, so that Solid Energy can develop a coal mine on the West Coast. Moving the endangered snails – by hand – will cost Solid Energy $120,000 per snail. There’s no […]

Delahunty Spills Her Guts on Kotare School, Part 1
April 13, 2006 – 2:32 am EST |
Delahunty Spills Her Guts on Kotare School, Part 1

I like nothing better than quoting socialists own words back at them. Below are excerpts from a speech made in Sydney by Catherine Delahunty taken from Kotare’s website. My comments are in bold. The venue is not stated, nor is it dated, but my guess is some time in late 2004 or 2005, because of […]

Catherine Delahunty- Red/Green Schoolmarm
April 12, 2006 – 2:25 am EST |
Catherine Delahunty- Red/Green Schoolmarm

The Kotare School’s Education co-ordinator/tutor is Catherine Delahunty. In the role since 1999, Delahunty’s role involves teaching, running workshops and helping to arrange the many speakers, tutors and courses run regularly at Kotare. According to Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa’s, “Foreign Control Watchdog” of December 2004 Catherine Delahunty is a CAFCA member and an […]

Who Runs the Kotare Trust?
April 11, 2006 – 3:33 am EST |
Who Runs the Kotare Trust?

The trustees of the Kotare School are an interesting mix of “former” communists, socialist academics, “community workers” and the radical religious. Here is a list of the trustees from 1995 and 2005, together with short profiles. December 1995 Tim Howard (Chairman) In the ’90s Howard was a leader of the East Timor Independence Committee and […]

Small Minority Forces Big Backdown
April 11, 2006 – 3:19 am EST |
Small Minority Forces Big Backdown

The French government has backed away from planned labour law reform that would have made hiring and firing young workers more flexible. Despite the legislation being passed, the French government, in a huge backdown, has promised to can the reforms after weeks of protests and demonstrations. According the Radio NZ this morning, the unions and […]

Peru-Next Socialist Victory in Latin America?
April 10, 2006 – 10:09 pm EST |
Peru-Next Socialist Victory in Latin America?

From Green Left Weekly Peru will go to the polls on April 9 in a hotly contested presidential race. Leading pre-election polls is Ollanta Humala, from the Union for Peru Party, a former army officer who led a rebellion against former president Alberto Fujimori in 2000. Humala describes himself as revolutionary and has spoken out […]

Where is Kotare School?
April 10, 2006 – 1:58 am EST |
Where is Kotare School?

According to the Kotare Trust website, the school is situated at 510 Wayby Station Rd, Hoteo North, Wellsford. Aotearoa / New Zealand. Wellsford is halfway between Auckland and Whangarei. The town also hosts Sue Bradford’s electorate office. The school is situated on one hectare of land that was originally part of Kingfisher Farm. The residential […]

How the Kotare School Was Conceived and Why
April 9, 2006 – 11:59 pm EST |
How the Kotare School Was Conceived and Why

Below is verbatim article from “Common Ground”, March 1995, newsletter of Sue Bradford’s, People’s Network. The article is unsigned, but “Sue and Karen” of the Auckland People’s Centre are listed as contacts. These were almost certainly, Sue Bradford and Karen Davis. “For many years it has been apparent to people working in community in Aotearoa […]

Sue Bradford, Nice Lady, Shame About the Politics, Part 5 (Final)
April 9, 2006 – 4:09 am EST |
Sue Bradford, Nice Lady, Shame About the Politics, Part 5 (Final)

Although as late as 2001, Sue Bradford was yearning for a “true Internationale, one which has the hope of achieving world-wide revolutionary change“, you won’t hear her say the “S” word, let alone the “C” word, much in public these days. At number three on the Green Party list in 2005, Sue Bradford now has […]

Paolo Friere and Myles Horton
April 9, 2006 – 1:18 am EST |
Paolo Friere and Myles Horton

Two of the great Marxist educators of the 20th Century, Myles Horton and Paolo Freire, admired each others work. In 1990 they collaborated on a book “We Make the Road by Walking”- consisting of conversations on their respective brands of education for “social change” It would probably have tickled them to know that less than […]

Who Was Paolo Freire?
April 8, 2006 – 6:25 am EST |
Who Was Paolo Freire?

Paulo Freire was one of the most influential educators of the 20th century. Born in 1921 in Recife Brazil, Freire attended University there and became interested in Marxism. He simultaneously maintained a commitment to “Christianity” and his brand of Christian Marxism has made a major contribution to the “Liberation Theology” that has swept the third […]

What’s Bloody Loudon on About?
April 8, 2006 – 5:58 am EST |
What’s Bloody Loudon on About?

Why are you devoting large amounts of column space to a leftist school in Tennessee, when there are so many burning issues in NZ? Because Highlander shows that an obscure radical school can have a huge impact on an entire country. Why are you “exposing” the likes of Rosa Parks. Don’t you believe the US […]

Rosa Parks, Highlander’s Most Famous Student
April 8, 2006 – 4:07 am EST |
Rosa Parks, Highlander’s Most Famous Student

When Rosa Parks died last year, the whole world re-heard the story of the woman who sparked the US “Civil Rights” movement. This is the version most people know. A poor tired black seamstress took a seat in the front of a Montgomery, Alabama bus on December 1, 1955. The driver asked her to move […]

Communists at Highlander
April 7, 2006 – 3:53 am EST |
Communists at Highlander

The Highlander Folk School was constantly under attack for its alleged communist affiliations, teachings and personnel. The attacks were of course entirely justified. The famous 1957 photo above shows Martin Luther King attending a session at the Highlander School. Person 2 is Abner Berry, a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party USA.Person […]

Highlander’s Founder; Myles Horton
April 6, 2006 – 4:55 am EST |
Highlander’s Founder; Myles Horton

Excerpts from an adapted obituary, New York Times January 1990 Myles Horton was born in 1905, in Savannah, Tennessee. He entered Cumberland College in Tennessee in 1924 and almost immediately led a student revolt against the hazing of freshmen by fraternities. But it was a summer job in 1927, when he was teaching Bible school […]