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The butcher reigns

December 13, 2016 - 11:30 -- Admin

The butcher reigns


The butcher sharpens his knife

On the bones of his dead

While his Russian wife

Carves the cities

Of the children,

Bleeding, slowly bled


Big brother butcher

Sidelined, with no power

Cannot stop the slaughter

Caught in the moment

Taut in the hour


His daughter is near

She inspects the scene

Her long tress of bombs

Morbid symptoms?

December 9, 2016 - 08:13 -- Admin

‘The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.’ Gramsci.

Morbid symptoms? Trump. Bernardi. Christensen. Hanson. Le Pen. Wilders. UKIP. 46% vote for a fascist in Austria. AfD in Germany.

Still free – a poem

December 8, 2016 - 20:44 -- Admin

Still free

I walk with the dog every day
Past the dam of sunken dreams
The ducks were there today
With six children in tow
Four shepherds protecting them
From dogs and men,
And other predators

They are safe from us
As they glide the water
To their distance
The ripples ride the surface
And reach us on foreign shores
The other side of nowhere
In the midst of city

Carbon pricing?

December 7, 2016 - 10:34 -- Admin

I oppose a price on carbon that is borne by the working class. Make the bosses pay for their pollution. And this is what a carbon tax, an emissions trading scheme and anything in between like an emissions intensity scheme, do.

Price solutions are classic free market ideology. This is true even if the price setter is the government directly or indirectly.

You could of course tax the polluters and exercise price control powers to stop them passing on the cost to workers.