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‘Suck it up, comrades’: young Whitlam would have been a Green today

Sorry Labor, the Greens are the modern-day heirs to Gough Whitlam’s legacy, writes NSW Greens convenor Hall Greenland.

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Rundle: farewell to Tony Benn, the ‘right’ sort of leftie

Both the Left and Right have come together to celebrate the life of Labour Party MP Tony Benn. But they wouldn’t have liked him as much while he was still making policy.

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Watch your language: why the climate change case has to be personal

In his winning entry for the Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition, Sydney GP Tim Senior argues at Inside Story that language has been getting in the way of action on climate change.

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Pope Francis’ 122-year-old radical Left proposal

When both parties are to the Right of the Catholic Church, one of the most conservative institutions in the world, you have to start to wonder: where have all the Lefties gone?

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Don’t blame Abbott — the Left loves to lose

Progressives need to be aware that this is a long game, and while the conservatives have won the battle, it’s progressives who always win the war.

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Turning Left

Crikey readers talk about real left-wing values and engage in metallurgical one-upmanship.

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What’s (also) wrong with the Left: Josh Bornstein on Helen Razer

Helen Razer would have all aspiring lefties undertake an education in Keynsian economics. But lawyer Josh Bornstein wonders, are modern-day Keynsians really leading the campaigns Razer would support?

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Information is Beautiful | LINKS|

The difference between left wing and right wing

Want to know the difference between left wing and right wing? This info graphic will help you out.

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Larvartus Prodeo | FEDERAL|

What’s left for the Left?

What exactly is the progressive movement fighting for these days? It’s time for a new, clear vision for the Left and what it wants to rally for. What substantive changes are needed? asks Robert Merkel.

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New Matilda | FEDERAL|

Australia needs left-wing patriots

Patriots and progressives have been suspicious of each other in Australia, ever since the Howard years. It’s time for the Left to realise that anti-patriotism alienates potential voters, writes Tim Soutphommasane.

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The Age | FEDERAL|

Costello: it’s not my ABC

The ABC is “hostile territory” for conservatives, with predictable interviewers always coming from a Labor/Green perspective and little change anticipated by ABC management, writes Liberal MP Peter Costello.

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New Matilda | JOURNALISM|

Where are all the leftie journos?

Everyone loves to trash the media as being full of left leaning journalists, but it’s the conservative right wing commentators that get more publicity. Small ‘l’ liberal is not the same as left wing, writes Lindsay Foyle.

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The Guardian | THE WORLD|

What was Left after the global economic collapse?

The GFC should have been the greatest moment ever for the Left. But why hasn’t a viable political and economic alternative emerged? Did the Left miss their big chance?

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ICR Wollongong | JOURNALISM|

Podcast: Journalism in crisis

Beyond Right and Left author David McKnight — and admitted pessimist — talks about the declining respect for newspapers and journalism in society.

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Professor Google and those left wing academics

How can undergraduates with little exposure to a discipline or subject be expected to criticise their lecturer or tutor before gaining an understanding of the discipline or subject itself, asks Irfan Yusuf.

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