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Special Report: Marxist Love Fest 2016. Who are the Social Vandals for this year?

May 31, 2016

Special Report: Marxist Love Fest 2016. Who are the Social Vandals for this year?

Trotsky can see when you are counter revolutionary

I am starting to think that I should review this mob more often. For those of us who do not engage in violent street protests or have any desire to enforce a communist dictatorship this does make ominous reading. Which radicalised disciple of Marx and the Socialist Alternative wants to do the most damage to the pillars of our society?

The last time I investigated the Rise of Marxism Conference was back in 2013 and it proved to be an invaluable resource for identifying the motives of some of the most radical professional protesters and B-grade academics who love to rage of about how horrible the west is. Of course the answer is to install Communist Dictatorship, or is it a Marxist Utopia, I can never tell. I think the PR answer that the Socialist Alternative would have us naïvely believe is a Democratic Socialist collective mind meld where elections, freedom of speech and the personal life is obsolete. Oh, the joy of being a lobotomised drone in the great big Marxist machine.

What did we learn from the 2013 conference? From an academic point of view nothing. However we did have list of people who were will to jump for joy as the revolution was once again said to be just around the corner, in inner city Brunswick Street or is it Smith Street now. People like John Pilger showed up, tired old Col. Gadaffi loving Gary Foley was there, so too was the LTTE apologist/Israel hating Antony Loewenstein just before evaporated from public view. A prize must be given to Roz Ward for her rise to infamy as the driving force behind the ‘Safe Schools’ brainwashing program. Honourable mention goes Sue Bolton who continues to spin the riot that took place on Sunday 29 May 2016. Violent clashes occurred when anti-Islam protesters in masks were met by Socialist Alternative & Socialist Alliance protesters also in masks, claiming to be anti-racists. It was Sue who organised the so called ‘anti-Racism‘ protest.

Let’s not dwell on the past but look forward to the joys that the 2016 Marxist’s wish to share with us.

The program has some delightful subjects that must have dreamed up over bong or two such as:


We organise our lives around time; alarms, bus timetables, clocking on to work. Not so long ago it was seasons and natural rhythms that governed society. This session is about the history, the causes and the effects of the way we understand time

Sexual oppression under capitalism

Capitalism thrives on division and control. Capitalism dives into the deepest, seemingly most personal aspects of our lives, our sexuality, and messes with us. Come along to this talk to discuss through the ways sexual oppression occurs under capitalism.

I must keep fightin’: the life + music of Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson was one of the most loved singers of the twentieth century. He was also one of the most maligned. He was a prominent leader of the black civil rights movement of the 1950s and particularly associated with the workers movement. In Sydney, when he visited in the 1960s he preferred to sing to the workers on the opera house than for the well heeled potential patrons of said opera house. For these ‘crimes’, and his Soviet sympathies, he was persecuted by the American state…

In defence of Engels’ The origin of the family, private property and the state

Engels’ argument that the rise of class society meant the “historic defeat of women” has always had its critics. However developments in archaeology strengthen his argument…


The USA is racist to its core. American capitalism, built as it was on slavery and dispossession, maintains itself through the state’s violence towards Blacks and other people of colour

Islamophobia: the new McCarthyism

Since 9/11 the global ruling class has used Islamophobia as one of the major ideological tools to foment racism, attack civil liberties and wage wars. Join us for a discussion on this important topic

Foucault’s History of sexuality: a Marxist engagement

Foucault’s History parallels many Marxist accounts of the construction of sexuality under capitalism. Join this session to look at this highly contested text, and what Marxists can take from it.

What a delightful mixture to both cure and create insomnia at the same time.

Who deemed us worthy to hear pearls of the Marxist wisdom this year?


Welcome back the ever grumpy Gary Foley. A prominent figure in the history of Aboriginal resistance in Australia, Foley was centrally involved in the establishment of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in 1972.

[ED: Foley also went to Libya to meet with the terrorist funding mass murderer Col. Gaddafi to seek support for his causes.]


Khury Petersen-Smith has been a participant in the Black Lives Matter movement in Boston USA and is an activist in the International Socialist Organization in the United States. He has been involved in struggles against racism and in solidarity with Palestine, participating in a relief convoy to Gaza in summer 2009.

[ED: I have never heard of this fellow but he is an ISO member. However Black Lives Matter is developing a reputation for violence.]


Ali Abunimah is the author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli Palestinian Impasse, and co-founder and director of the widely acclaimed publication The Electronic Intifada. Based in the United States, he has written hundreds of articles and been an active part of the movement for justice in Palestine for 20 years. He is the recipient of a 2013 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship.

[ED: According to the NGO Monitor website Ali wrote:  “It’s racist to think Jews need a special state and can’t live with other people. Aren’t they human like the rest of us.” Refers to Israel’s self-defense policy in Gaza as an “attempted genocide.” Defended Hamas’ policy blocking ICRC visits to Israeli captive Gilad Shalit. In short a pretty horrid sort of character.]


Mandla Nkosi began his political involvement in the student wing of the black consciousness (BC) movement as a high school student in the 1970s (South African Students Movement – SASM). After involvement in the student uprising of 1976 against the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction, Mandla was arrested and held in detention for 6 months.

[ED: Bringing in Socialists from South Africa to reminisce about the South African Students Movement – SASM]


Will Ilolahia was a co-founder of the civil rights New Zealand organisation the Polynesian Panthers. Inspired by the American Black Panthers, the group fought for liberation of the oppressed through the abolition of capitalism. He was a key activist in the infamous campaign against the Apartheid South African Rugby Springbok tour in the 1970s. He was also famous as the inaugural manager of the reggae band Herbs.

[ED: Black Panthers inspired? Since when is an ‘inaugural manager’ any kind of achievement? Then again I have no idea who the Herbs are.]


Amy McQuire is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander journalist from Rockhampton in Central Queensland. She co-hosts the daily Aboriginal current affairs show “Let’s Talk” with Tiga Bayles and contributes to New Matilda. She was previously the editor of the National Indigenous Times and Tracker Magazine and has 10 years experience in Aboriginal media.

[ED: Socialist media lives]


Tony Birch is a Melbourne writer, researcher and community worker. He has published widely in short fiction, the novel and the longform essay. His books include Shadowboxing (2006), Father’s Day (2009), Blood (2011), The Promise (2014) and Ghost River (2015). He is currently the Dr Bruce McGuinness Research Fellow within the Moondani Balluk Academic Centre at Victoria University. His current research looks at the politics of climate change and Aboriginal Knowledge Systems.

[ED: Age hardened Socialist dinosaur.]


Farah Kobaissy, is an activist and a researcher in gender, labor and migration. She is also a member of the Socialist Forum in Lebanon.

[ED: Gender researcher and activist? We import Socialists from Lebanon]


Christine Craik is the National Vice President of the Australian Association of Social Workers, and has worked in a variety of roles from housing through to trauma debriefing.

[ED: Socialist social worker. ]


Shabeela MONASCH KALLA is a LALIT member since 2009 and has been in the Central Committee for the past three years. She is also a leading member of MLF (Muvman Liberasyon Fam) which is a women’s association for emancipation, freedom and human equality.

She has participated in several LALIT campaigns including:

  • Abortion decriminalization
  • Support for Palestine peoples’ struggle
  • Promotion of the Kreol language
  • No to Compulsory Biometric ID Cards
  • Against military bases especially, against US base on Diego Garcia which is part of the Republic of Mauritius

Shabeela has been a LALIT candidate for the general elections in 2014.

[ED: Pro-Abortion socialist activist? Who would have guessed? Socialists love abortions so much]


Sam Wallman is a political cartoonist and editor based in Melbourne. He has previously worked as a union organiser, and art editor of Overland literary journal. He illustrated the comic ‘At Work In Our Detention Centres’ , which was nominated for a Walkley, and won the Australian Human Rights Award (Media) in 2013. He is currently editing an anthology of comics focusing on the topic of class.

[ED: When looking for serious advice should you consult a clown or a comic book artist?]


Lulu became active in the Mexican left as a participant in the historic 10-month student strike at the National Autonomous University in Mexico City in 1999-2000. Following the suppression of the strike she completed a Bachelor of Latin American Studies. She has been active in a range of Latin America solidarity campaigns, including for peace and justice in Colombia, and more recently as a founder of Australia in Action for Ayotzinapa. Lulu currently works as a teacher and she is a producer and presenter of the program Accent of Women on Melbourne community radio 3CR.

Additional info: Lulu doesn’t especially like oysters.

[ED: Lulu’s dislike of oysters seems to be her most significant achievement to date. 3CR Radio- The choice of all good socialists.]


Omar Garcia is a Mexican student-teacher activist and survivor of the September 26 massacre and the forced disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, state of Guerrero. He will be speaking at Marxism 2016 on the military attack and disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa students. The Rural Teachers Training College of Ayotzinapa, as well as other rural training schools, have been places for critical thinking and social struggle, therefore targeted by the state for decades.

Since the attacks, Omar Garcia has been campaign to bring justice to the victims, in light of ongoing threats and attempts to defame the students.

[ED: Survivor? In the real world this means he did not disappear and was not killed. As tragic as Omar’s back story may be he is still one of many people dealing with 3rd world organised crime.]


Aran Mylvaganam was born in Nagar kovil in Tamil Eelam. Between 1995 and 1997 he lived in a refugee camp in Udayarkaddu, before coming to Australia as a 13-year-old unaccompanied refugee in 1997. He was detained in Villawood detention centre for three months. In 2011 he founded the Tamil Refugee Council. Aran currently works as a union organiser with the Finance Sector Union. He also presents Tamil Manifest program on 3CR community radio.

[ED: Nagar kovil in Tamil Eelam. For people do not know geography there is no such place as Tamil Eelam. It is actually Northern Sri Lanka. The civil war ended in 2009 after the LTTE (Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam)were defeated.]


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Sandra Bloodworth has been active since the mid-1970s in a wide range of campaigns and strikes including the campaign to stop the Jabiluka uranium mine and the Refugee Action Collective. She is co-editor of and contributor to Rebel Women in Australian Working Class History, and author of How Workers Took Power: the 1917 Russian Revolution, and A Crime Beyond Denunciation. A Marxist Analysis of Capitalist Crisis. She has also written on Aboriginal oppression, imperialism and the Middle East.

[ED: Time to play a new game called microphone and megaphone bingo. Another socialist dinosaur from when the Soviet Union was still a thing. She is one of the founding members of the Trotskyist organisation Socialist Alternative]


Janey Stone is a life-long socialist. She was a founding member of an early predecessor of Socialist Alternative and is today active as a supporter. Janey was involved for many years in the Women’s Liberation movement, the anti-Vietnam war movement and many others, and has also been an active unionist. In recent years she has focussed her writing and talks on radical history, the Middle East and anti-Zionism, and racist oppression and the fight against it. Janey was also a keen folkie in the 1960s and has continued her interest and involvement in folk, protest and traditional music.

[ED: Another Cold War Commie hanging onto memories of a folk music driven revolution that never happened. Eventually she too will pass.]


Seán Mitchell is a socialist activist based in Belfast, Ireland. A leading member of the Irish SWP and founding member of People Before Profit, he was the first person to stand for election under the party’s banner. He was also the election agent for Gerry Carroll in his successful campaign to become Belfast’s first socialist councillor for decades in 2014. His first book, ‘Struggle or Starve’, about Communist agitation in Belfast during the Great Depression is to be published by Haymarket books next year. He writes for the Irish Marxist Review.

[ED: Importing Socialists from Ireland because what Australia needs is another angry Irish Marxist.]


Helen Jarvis has been active since the 1960s in many campaigns in solidarity with progressive struggles in Asia and the Pacific. Helen is the co-author of Getting away with genocide? Elusive justice and the Khmer Rouge tribunal and was also a judge in the 2013 Permanent People’s Tribunal on genocide against Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka.

[ED: A Self Righteous Cold War dinosaur who thinks themselves an expert on Sri Lanka. ‘The Permanent People’s Tribunal on genocide against Eelam Tamils in Sri Lanka’ is a self-appointed tribunal of pro-LTTE activists. Publicly supported by the LTTE lawyer Bruce Haigh.

The report’s verdict: Sri Lanka is Guilty of Genocide but only because the evil west conspired to help them do it… Ignorant Wankers]


Lindsay Fitzclarence is a former academic interested in the politics of social change on professional practice and public discourses. Since retiring he has studied the water politics of the Murray-Darling river systems and, most recently, changes in mining practices in Victoria, SA and WA. Some of the results of this work have been published/presented with Arena publications, where he is an associate editor of Arena Magazine.

[ED: Former academic who writes for the]


Goori journalist, researcher. Birpai nation

Jack writes about Indigenous affairs, politics, culture, tech, media, journalism

[ED: Journalism student. Who would have guessed?]


Rick Kuhn is a long term socialist and social movement activist. He was the convenor of the umbrella anti-war organisation in Canberra during the struggle against the impending invasion of Iraq in 2002-3. His book Henryk Grossman and the recovery of Marxism won the Deutscher Prize in 2008. Rick is a Reader in Politics at the Australian National University.

[ED: Another Cold War relic. Isn’t the Deutscher Prize named after Isaac Deutscher, the Marxist who rose to fame after writing a tame biography of Stalin in 1949?]


Corey Oakley is the editor of Socialist Alternative’s fortnightly newspaper Red Flag . He is also on the editorial committee of the Marxist Left Review journal

[ED: The inner circle of the Socialist Alternative propaganda wing]


Mick Armstrong has been active in a wide range of struggles and strikes since the late1960s, including more recently the Victorian Peace Network and campaigns in solidarity with the Palestinian people. Author of 1,2,3, What are we Fighting for? The Australian Student Movement from its Origins to the 1970s, “Aboriginal Problems of Race and Class” in Rick Kuhn (ed.), Class and Struggle in Australia, and co-author of The Labor Party. A Marxist Analysis, he has written on Australian labour history and the Middle East.

[ED: They are old, they’re bold but their body ain’t cold. There goes another Cold War Dinosaur pretending that Communism did not implode in 1990.]


Tom Bramble has been a socialist activist since the late 1970s. He is a senior lecturer in industrial relations at the University of Queensland. He has published four books and 50 journal articles and book chapters on political economy and the labour movement in Australia and overseas. Tom’s most recent book is Labor’s Conflict: Big Business, Workers and the Politics of Class, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 2011 (with Rick Kuhn).

[ED: Maybe I should play Cold War Dino Bingo. Tom Bramble… Bingo!]


Vashti Kenway is a member of the National Executive of Socialist Alternative. She became active in revolutionary politics in the anti-capitalist movement, was a founder of Student for Palestine in Melbourne and was one of the Max Brenner 19 (the activists arrested for their involvement in a pro-Palestine demonstration outside a shop that gives money to the Israeli military).

  1. [ED: The token BDS protester arrest for stopping people ordering coffee. I can feel her squeals of victimhood from here]


Diane Fieldes has been active since the early 1970s in many campaigns such as those for Aboriginal rights and against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in the Refugee Action Coalition. She teaches at the University of New South Wales. Author of “From Exploitation to Resistance and revolt: the working class” in Rick Kuhn (ed.), Class and Struggle in Australia, and “Equal Pay: The Insurance Industry Struggle, 1973-75” in Sandra Bloodworth and TomO’Lincoln (eds.), Rebel Women in Australian Working Class History.

[ED: Cold War Dino… Bingo!]


Liz Ross has been active in women’s and gay liberation and socialist politics since the early 1970s. Author of “Dedication doesn’t pay the rent! The 1986 Victorian Nurses Strike” in Sandra Bloodworth and Tom O’Lincoln (eds.), Rebel Women in Australian Working Class History, Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win! Builders Labourers Fight Deregistration, 1981-94 and “Building Unions and Government Reform: the Challenge for Unions” in the Journal of Australian Political Economy.

[Cold War Dino…Bingo!]


Louise O’Shea was active in student politics in the anti-capitalist movement of the early2000s and National Union of Students Education Officer in 2006. She has been involved in the campaigns against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and is presently active in the same-sex marriage campaign.

[ED: Shouty P.A. system activist… Bingo! SSM activist and a Socialist. I am seeing a pattern here.]


Allen Myers was active in the antiwar movement within the US military during the Vietnam War. After migrating to Australia in 1974, he was a member of leading bodies in the SWP/DSP and editor of its papers Direct Action and Green Left Weekly. Now a member of Socialist Alternative, he writes for and assists with the subbing of Red Flag, and is on the editorial committee of Marxist Left Review.

[ED: Cold War Dino… Bingo! Ahh, the DSP (Democratic Socialist Party). This is the heart of the hydra. So many fronts and branches that it is hard to work out who is who anymore.


Liam Ward has been a member of Socialist Alternative since 2002, moved by the mass protests and breakouts at the Woomera Immigration Detention Centre. He is a workplace delegate in the National Tertiary Education Union at RMIT University where he lectures in documentary cinema.

[ED: University campus activist. Shouty Megaphone… Bingo!]


Liz Walsh is a member of Socialist Alternative and has been active in revolutionary politics since the early 2000s. She has played a leading role in social justice campaigns from refugee rights to the struggle against women’s oppression.

[Shouty Megaphone… Bingo! Just another SJW]


Ben Reid is a long-time socialist activist and scholar. He has expertise in and has published widely on the political economy of development in the Philippines.

[ED: Socialist economic advice based upon a 3rd world economy? I can dig it.]


Daniel Lopez has been a socialist since 2002. He completed his BA (Hons.) at Melbourne University in 2013, and wrote his thesis on Georg Lukács works from the 1920s. He is presently a doctoral candidate at La Trobe University. His thesis centres around Lukács’s philosophy of praxis, and aims at completing a theory of politics within this via the contributions of Hegel and Marx. Daniel’s research and writing aims at contributing to a revivification of Lukácsian and Hegelian Marxism.
When not busy with this, Daniel enjoys eating oysters, playing guitar and listening to soul music

[ED: Georg Lukács has been described as the preeminent Marxist intellectual of the Stalinist era. It is amazing what Melbourne Uni will give honours for. La Trobe are even entertaining his PHD on Lukács. Is this the most boring man ever born? “Marxist Dialectic….ZZZZZZZ….”]


Jorge Jorquera recently returned from Chile, where he worked with various student and left organisations. He is a long term revolutionary, first active as a supporter of the Chilean Movement of the Revolutionary Left (MIR) in the 1980s in Australia, after his family fled the Pinochet regime in Chile. He later joined the Socialist Workers Party (DSP), where he played a leading role for over 20 years. He is now a member of Socialist Alternative.

[ED: Migrates from Chile as a socialist and joins a socialist mob in Australia. Alternatively: He failed in his revolution in Chile and decided to try his luck in a nation that does not have a dictator]


Omar has been a student activist for some years. He has been centrally involved in a range of protest movements, including Occupy Melbourne, Students for Palestine, and solidarity campaigns with the Arab revolutions. More recently Omar has been central to anti-Abbott organising in NSW, focusing on attacks to Medicare and Higher Education.

[ED: Shouty P.A…Bingo! “More recently Omar has been central to anti-Abbott organising in NSW” Actually this just cracked me up. Tony Abbott is no longer Prime Minister and Omar is still protesting. Not the sharpest is he?]


Tom O’Lincoln has been active on the left in Germany, the United States and since 1971 in Australia. He is the author of Australia’s Pacific War and The Neighbour from Hell: Two Centuries of Australian Imperialism

[ED: Cold War Dino…Bingo! Born in the USA but migrated to Australia to show us how terrible we are as a nation. You have to love this kind of gratitude]


Sarah is a member of the Sydney branch of Socialist Alternative. She is a leading activist in the education campaign against the Abbott government, which has seen the biggest student mobilisations in a decade. In 2014 she was the national education officer for the National Union of Students.

[ED: Shouty Megaphone…Bingo! Hates Abbott because….? He is not a Socialist?]


Rebecca Barrigos has been a revolutionary and member of Socialist Alternative since 2003. She was the National Education Officer at the National Union of Students in 2005, and coordinated the campaign against the Howard government’s attacks on student unions. Rebecca is also a contributor to the Marxist Left Review. Daughter of leftist Spanish and Venezuelan immigrants,in recent years she has hosted forums on the Chilean student movement and delivered the talk ‘Religion and Revolution: Liberation Theology in Latin America’ at Marxism 2014.

[ED: Shouty P.A…Bingo! Liberation Theology? I call this the ‘atheist nuns with guns syndrome’.]


Sadia is a member of Socialist Alternative and currently writing her Masters on Antonio Gramsci’s theory of revolution. Sadia spent a year as an activist in Germany’s Die Linke and, in 2011, participated in the Indignados movement in Spain that contributed to the formation of Podemos. She will be speaking on the Marxist theory of the capitalist state in light of debates on the international left since the victory of Syriza.

[ED: Shouty P.A….Bingo! Also Antonio Gramsci? The little weasel who came up with the tactic of infiltrating all government institutions to facilitate a Marxist revolution. Gramsci had no love of freedom of thought, speech, conscience or even religion. They all had to be infiltrated.]

There you have it. The next crop of cry babies, profession protestors, insular academics and leaders for the violence-prone Socialist Alternative.


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