Communist Party of Australia

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Journal of the Communist Party of Australia

ISSUE 66December 2017


Welcome to the third issue of the Australian Marxist Review for 2017, a year where communists the world over have come together to remember the glorious events of one hundred years ago and plan for our next great success. Issue #66 provides a strong dialectical analysis of the international situation, combining an exposure of the continuing crimes and drive to war of Imperialism with a revolutionary optimism that humanity, freed from exploitation, will overcome the existential threats capitalism has created.

Capitalism’s war plans, as explained by Aaron Beardsell in his article “Caliban’s children: dehumanisation and imperialism”, cannot succeed without first dehumanising the populations of target countries and demonising their leaders. This dehumanisation is carried out through private media monopolies and is necessary in order to disguise the common class interests of workers in Imperialist and neo-colonial countries. An example of this process at work is the Western media’s coverage of events in Turkey, especially the 2016 coup attempt. In “Beyond media sensation, religion and democracy: a class analysis of political developments in Turkey”, Michael Hooper discards the ideological window-dressing of Turkish politics to expose the underlying class conflict.

In the lead up to the 2003 Iraq War, the US and UK attempted to create a legal justification for their invasion. In part three of the four part series, “On the illegality of war”, Craig Ryan carefully documents and critiques the Imperialist powers’ attempts to legally justify a war on Iraq by reinterpreting previous Security Council resolutions and pushing the concept of anticipatory self-defence. Although events proved the legal and moral bankruptcy of Imperialism’s legal arguments, the Imperialist powers are still dedicated to further bending international law to suit their own needs.

As capitalism pushes us closer to the brink of destruction, whether through nuclear war or environmental catastrophe, the need for change becomes ever clearer. Wadi’h Halabi, in his article “Richard Levins, ecological agriculture and revolutionary optimism”, shares the remarkable story of the late Richard Levins, his pioneering work in ecological agriculture, his unshakeable communist principles and the Cuban efforts to turn his theories into practice. In recent years, Chinese experts have also begun to study Cuba’s example and are beginning to consider how they can convert China’s inefficient, highly pesticide dependent agricultural sector into a more sustainable one.

The final article of this issue is a review of Mark Isaac’s The Undesirables – Inside Nauru which is a harrowing account of the refugees wasting away in Australia’s pacific concentration camp. In his review, Rob Gowland provides context for Isaac’s testimony by describing the successive waves of refugees who have made Australia their home and the politics surrounding their arrival.

As always, we encourage readers to submit articles and discussion comments for inclusion in the next issue of the AMR. We would also like to wish the delegates of the 13th Congress of the Communist Party of Australia a productive meeting!

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