InterrogatingThe Plague Year: Questions On The Political And Moral Economy Of COVID-19

by Don Longo

Edvard Munch - The Scream

Edvard Munch, 'The Scream', undated, Kunstmuseum, Bergen, Germany

The origin, development and impact of Covid-19 will take years to play out. Here are some reflections on the current situation with respect to the pandemic. I present them in the form of questions to highlight the prevailing uncertainty surrounding the virus. Neither the section headings nor the items under them are in any particular order.

Ideologies, Systems

— What have been the relative merits of people’s democracies (specifically, China) and liberal parliamentary democracies (specifically, Australia, Europe, USA) in terms of effectiveness in dealing with the pandemic? Are centralised systems of authority better at responding to health crises than devolved, parliamentary and federated systems?

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Statement: Support the Palestinian people in their struggle against annexation and Israeli occupation

Spirit of Eureka, 1 July 2020

Spirit of Eureka strongly condemns the plans of Israel, its Zionist colonial government and its US imperialist backers, to annex the settlements illegally occupying Palestinian land in the West Bank on July 1.

 This latest action is a continuation of the policies of the Zionist state project which since its inception in 1948 has systematically and ruthlessly attempted to impose its racist colonial regime on the Palestinian people and their homeland. It has done this through the illegal occupation of Palestinian land, turning it into an apartheid state that denies the sovereign and human rights of the Palestinian people, and enforces this regime through systematic terror, destruction of homes, and the use of violence with impunity.

 In the UN, Australia slavishly toes the line set by US imperialism. Australia was one of only two countries, along with the Marshall Islands, both reliable lackeys of the US, to vote against a recent resolution condemning the planned annexations in the West Bank. We demand that the Australian government end its support for the crimes and human rights violations committed by the Zionist government of Israel, and to stand with Palestine and the Palestinian people.

We express our solidarity with the Palestinian people in their struggle for national liberation, and call on the Australian people to support their just cause.

Stop the annexations and end the occupation!
End Australian government support for Israel!
Victory to the Palestinian people! Free Palestine!

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Does Australia Need Independence From the USA? On-Line Forum 4th July

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Invitation to join an online forum and discussion, "Does Australia Need Independence From the USA?"

Saturday 4th July, at 4 pm (3.30 pm Adelaide time).  July 4th is US Independence Day.

The zoom webinar forum will discuss the political, economic and military relationship between Australia and the USA.

Speakers:  Prof. Clinton Fernandes,  Dr. Margaret Beavis, Denis McNamara (Spirit of Eureka and CFMEU-NSW delegate). Speakers' details below.

To join the Zoom Webinar click the link:   

Also LIve streamed via Facebook -

Contacts - 0417 456 001; 0476 234 232; 0412652227

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The Spirit of Eureka Committee was established in the lead up to the 150th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade in 2004, to give a strong and united voice to the current struggles of Australia’s working people.

The Spirit of Eureka draws on the continuity and relevance of this important event in the history of Australia to present day endeavours and struggles for justice, democracy and sovereignty.

The Eureka rebellion laid the foundations for Australia’s continuing social, industrial and political struggles. It was advanced for its time and represents an important fighting tradition that continues to inspire our fight today.


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