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Issue #1921      June 29, 2020

This Week ...

Hello Comrades! This week we have three articles for our Australian communist theory and history section.

In our theory section we have a very relevant issue: population theory and economics. Why is this relevant? With the pandemic hurting our economy, many commentators suggested that COVID-19 culling the elderly would be economically beneficial as it would put less of a strain on our economy (Guardian #1914). It is important to note that this is not the first time economists or other thinkers have promoted overpopulation as the source of our economic problems, and this article from decades ago highlights that it is one of many capitalist myths, and a cruel one at that.

In our history section, we note the passing of ALP Prime Minister John Curtin, who the Party had great respect for at the time. The Party held Curtin in high regard because of his socialist background but predominately as a war-time Prime Minister who opened up relations with the Soviets. While we have noted our past and current criticisms of the ALP, it is important that we also highlight the moments that we have been able to work in a united front with them, as with other parties.

The second article in our history section is about the great number of strikes that occurred in NSW in 1955 to raise the minimum wage. Here we see a series of strikes that took place that included a vast number of industries, many of which took place as acts of solidarity. We must never forget the power that strike action has when yielded by the working masses.

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