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In the not so distant past I ran a website called ranterulze - full of politics and rant and a yearning for justice. That site is now in recess - but these are the remnants.

It began like this, as I remembered a kinder, gentler time recalling how youth believed in itself - when we thought we mattered and would prevail. Reading history to imagine how peoples' movements established true democracies, when the world was "Turned Upside Down" by Diggers, Ranters, Levellers, Quakers and Seekers. Recalling too the Paris Commune when hearing of Rojava today. Even though winter is coming, remember the spring of childhood. . .

AMerica's Dangerous Narcissism

Is myopic USA losing its military supremacy>

Melbourne workers


Alexis de Tocqueville’s widely renowned book, Democracy in America, addresses this aspect of the American character: All free nations are vainglorious, but national pride is not displayed by all in the same manner. The Americans in their intercourse with strangers appear impatient of the smallest censure and insatiable of praise...

Money Value and Wealth

The Great Money Trick by Robert Tressell

Melbourne workers

There's confusion, in common English, between the meanings of money, value and wealth. Conventional economics does nothing to enlighten us, but marxism does. An excerpt from The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists explains a lot . . .

Hey Ancestor!

Alexis Wright Talking About Invasion Day


There's a lot of uninformed ranting going down right now about "Australia Day" #InvasionDay and #ChangeTheDate. Personally I don't want to "change" the date - I want to understand it and ask why have national days at all? In the interim, consider this contribution from Alexis Wright . . .

Some Days Shake The World

Centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution


There's a muted memory in the capitalist world, a reluctance to acknowledge the Bolsheviks and what they did. We don't need to see it as a binary, good or bad, this or that - it happened and understanding why can only help us deal with today's problems. One hundred years and we still grapple with huge inequality, power abuse, oppression and unfulfilled hopes . . .

Follow the Money

Five easy steps towards understanding zombie banks

G20 zombies

A common view is that banks act as middle men between savers and lenders - storing all those pennies from the nation’s piggy banks and lending them out to investors and entrepreneurs who then make a profit so the repayments return to us as interest on our savings accounts. Nothing could be further from the truth . . .