Nationalisation is finally back in fashion
The popularity of the SEC demonstrates that fighting for re-nationalisation of essential industries and rebuilding the public service is a demand capable of building a broad political base for climate action.
The Australian Labor Party’s Climate Bill Is Empty Symbolism | Jacobin
Labor’s climate bill is little more than symbolism. With escalating climate disasters and soaring inflation, it’s bad policy and even worse politics.
To Take Real Action on Climate Change, Australia Must Rebuild Its Public Sector | Jacobin
By returning to a policy of full employment and tying it explicitly to decarbonization efforts, Labor could make it self-evident that climate action tangibly and materially benefits working-class people right now.
The End of the End of the End →
"Food might be political now, and sitcoms, and novels, and every conversation with everyone you’ve ever known, but the sole exception seems to be politics itself."
The Only Winning Climate Policy Is a Pro-Worker Climate Policy →
Matt Huber: "The GND strategy is deceptively simple. Tie decarbonization directly to public investment and visible material benefits for the working class."
An early election is probably pretty smart, actually
Rumours have been flying around Canberra this week of a possible early election. Like almost everyone else, I had assumed that Scott Morrison would want to put as much space as possible between these disastrous Covid outbreaks and the election.
The Case for the Civilian Climate Corps →
Decarbonisation isn't a set-and-forget kind of thing. Plans that don't account for what it would take to build and maintain political constituencies over the long-haul are doomed to fail.
It’s Time to Nationalize Supermarkets | Jacobin
Supermarkets under capitalism are exploitative and ecologically damaging, shaping what we produce as well as what we consume. In public hands, following a different logic, they could supply the creative core of a democratically planned socialist economy.
With Joel Fitzgibbon Gone, the Australian Labor Party Must Stop Appeasing the Fossil Fuel Lobby | Jacobin
After waging war on behalf of coal billionaires, Labor Right MP Joel Fitzgibbon has resigned from the party front bench. If the Labor Left wants to undo the damage he did, they need to start fighting for jobs and the environment as tenaciously as Fitzgibbon did for the coal lobby.
The Australian Labor Party’s Official Election Review Learns All the Wrong Lessons | Jacobin
Six months after the Australian Labor Party lost what was widely regarded as an unlosable election, the party released its internal review of the defeat. The document refuses to face the real reasons for the catastrophe, while proposing a potentially disastrous shift to the right.