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A podcast series brought to you by Solidarity, a revolutionary socialist group in Australia.

A podcast series brought to you by Solidarity, a revolutionary socialist group in Australia.




A podcast series brought to you by Solidarity, a revolutionary socialist group in Australia.






No to AUKUS and nuclear submarines

The Labor government is already crying poor when it comes to health, education, the NDIS or raising JobSeeker. But it's committed to spending at least $170 billion on nuclear-powered submarines as part of the AUKUS agreement. We discuss the issues with Professor Richard Tanter, a Senior Research Associate with the Nautilus Institute and an Honorary Professor in the School of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Richard is a former president of the Australian board of...


Sexual politics and socialism

Lucy Honan looks at the issues around sex, consent, love, marriage, loneliness and more, and how we can achieve liberation. Her talk draws on the writings of the Russian revolutionary, Alexandra Kollontai.


What would socialism look like?

Feiyi Zhang discusses the future classless society, drawing on the inspiration of revolutions from Iran to Russia and beyond. She argues that workers can build a new way of living, based on democracy and equality.


Revolution and the Middle East: why Palestine is still the issue

Fahad Ali, one of the organisers of the Sydney Festival boycott campaign and a member of the Palestine Justice Movement Sydney, and Solidarity member Erima Dall discuss the road to liberation.


I was there: Brunswick Against the Nazis

In the 1990s, Nazis made a series of attempts to build a base in Melbourne. David Glanz explains how the successful campaign to stop them was built, drawing on Leon Trotsky's theory of the united front.


The Communist Manifesto

The Communist Manifesto is one of the best-known publications in the world. But what does it say and are its arguments still relevant today? Feiyi Zhang introduces its key ideas. Read the Manifesto here.


Does privilege explain racism?

Dani Cotton looks at the weaknesses of privilege theory and argues that while we need to fight racist ideas and policies today, racism can be eradicated as part of a successful challenge to the capitalist system.


On the offensive: union activists speak

Inflation is roaring, workloads are climbing and bosses are still trying to turn the screw harder. Hear from three union activists on the frontline about the fightback we need.


Morrison out: but what’s the alternative?

We all know the Coalition has to go. What’s more challenging is how we do it … and what we expect and demand from an Albanese Labor government. Three guests discuss the issues.


Ukraine: no to Putin, no to NATO

Solidarity's Ian Rintoul explains how socialists should respond to imperialist war, outlining the history of NATO and how the US-led alliance is using Ukraine to confront Russia. He argues that Russian troops and NATO should all get out of Ukraine and that we need to focus on fighting the real enemy: the Australian bosses.


Labor in power: has it ever made a difference?

Why is Labor running a "no target" election campaign? How does this fit with the experience of the ALP and Labor governments over the past century? Jean Parker, a member of Solidarity and the NTEU, draws the lessons we need to take the fight to Morrison today.


Alexandra Kollontai and women’s liberation

Alexandra Kollontai was a Marxist, a fighter for women's liberation and a government minister after the Russian revolution of October 1917. In 1909 she wrote a pamphlet, The Social Basis of the Woman Question, to challenge the arguments raised by bourgeois feminists. Caitlin Doyle-Markwick talks about her ideas and their relevance today.


Why Labor’s ’small target’ approach fails

Anthony Albanese is doing his best to agree with much of what Scott Morrison is saying. Why does Labor adopt a "small target" approach? Does it help them win elections? What are the alternatives? This talk from a recent Solidarity forum goes over the issues.


The united front

The united front is a vital but often misunderstood strategy for revolutionary socialists. Paddy Gibson discusses the history of the strategy and how and why we can apply it in struggles today.


I was there: Woomera breakout 2002

Over the Easter weekend of 2002, about a thousand refugee solidarity protesters gathered at the Woomera detention centre in South Australia. In dramatic scenes, the fences were pushed down by refugees inside – with the help of protesters outside. Some 40 refugees escaped in a huge embarrassment for John Howard’s Liberal government. James Supple was there and tells the story. James is a Solidarity member and an activist with the Refugee Action Coalition in Sydney.


Introduction to Marxism

Paddy Gibson gives an overview of historical materialism and alienation, and argues why the working class has the power to fight for a different world.


I was there: freeing Baby Asha 2016

In February 2016, the refugee movement, backed by the union movement, went into battle to save a baby. Baby Asha was being treated in Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Hospital but faced deportation to Nauru. Hundreds of refugee supporters, backed by the Queensland Council of Unions, organised a vigil and blockade. We talk to Solidarity member Mark Gillespie, a long-term activist with the Refugee Action Collective in Brisbane, who was heavily involved in the successful campaign.


Pilbara strike 1946-49

The Pilbara strike of 1946-49 saw Aboriginal people defy the owners of pastoral stations in north-west Western Australia by demanding better wages and conditions. But it was also a fight to win independence from their colonial masters. Paddy Gibson, a Solidarity member and a senior researcher at the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at UTS, gave this talk recently.


I was there: Sydney College of the Arts occupation 2016

On 22 August 2016, students began an occupation at the Sydney College of the Arts against savage course closures and job cuts. It lasted 65 days, making it the longest student occupation of an administration building in Australian history. And it forced the university into a significant retreat. Thandi Bethune, Kelton Muir and Adam Adelpour were all involved. Here they talk about the campaign and its lessons.


Jeff Sparrow on crimes against nature

Jeff Sparrow is a socialist, writer, editor, broadcaster and Walkley award-winning journalist. His new book, Crimes against Nature: Capitalism and Global Heating, rips apart the idea that all humans are responsible for destroying the environment, pins the blame on capitalism and points to ways that society can be organised democratically and sustainably.