'revolution' #11

Philip L Ferguson PLF13 at SPAMstudent.canterbury.ac.nz
Thu Oct 28 19:09:10 MDT 1999

Issue #11 of the NZ-based, but thoroughly internationalist, magazine
'revolution' is currently available at bookshops around NZ, as well as in
London and Melbourne, or by subscription other places.  This issue, Oct/Nov

The contents are:



p3/Editorial: Banal Politics
Philip Ferguson argues that there is no real choice this election and
Labour and National should do the decent thing and fuse into one party

from Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Buenos Aires and Amsterdam; including an
exchange between Jurriaan Bendien and Philip Ferguson on the welfare state

p7-14/The end of the party?
In a major feature article, Huw Jarvis looks at the unprecedented
convergence of party politics, and at the massive decline of the parties
themselves as representative institutions of sections of society.  He
examines how this is a product of wider social trends.  Also examined is
the increasing relationship of parties to the state, which is now the main
source of party funds for many of these outfits, and the withering away of
mass party membership.

p15-17/The Rise of the Young Fogies
Young people are increasingly likely to support conservative politics,
while the left is in danger of becoming an old folks home.  Huw Jarvis
examines the situation

p18-22/Caring capitalism
The 'new right' is more washed up than John-John Kennedy, argue Grant
Cronin and Sharon Jones.  'Caring capitalism' is the ideology of the new
round of capital accumulation.

p23/The end of social democracy
Jurriaan Bendien argues that Roger Douglas killed NZ social democracy for
once and for all

p24-26/Realism versus reformism
There is nothing realistic about reformism, argues Philip Ferguson; it has
taken us around in a century-long circle, returning us to the point of
departure.  It's time, he says, to get realistic and think outside the

p27-28/Worse off in every way
The latest Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs report shows that Pacific
Islanders in NZ draw the short straw every time, argues John Edmundson

p28-29/East Timor: anyone for imperialism?
Alongside caring capitalism is humanitarian imperialism, says John
Edmundson.  Intervention in East Timor, NZ's biggest military engagement
abroad since Korea, should not be supported.

p30-33/The politics of food
Better farming techniques mean that world hunger ought to be a thing of the
past.  So why isn't it?  James Heartfield investigates

p34-36/Living section:
New York leftist Louis Proyect on Ken Loach's latest, 'My Name is Joe';
Detroit artist Kim Hunter on why the twentieth century is unimaginable
without Duke Ellington

James Heartfield on Moishe Postone's "Time, Labour and Social Domination",
which reworks the anti-productivist critique of capitalism; Paul Flewers on
nature-nurturing Nazis; Huw Jarvis on Simon Sheppard's 'Broken Circle' book
about the fourth Labour government

p40/Back-talk: The Reinvention of Helen Clark
Jane Wire's scalpel dissects how history is being rewritten to erase Helen
Clark's actual political record and re-present her as Florence Nightingale

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