[Marxism] When students protested for ‘Books not Bombs’

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Tue Feb 19 23:45:22 MST 2013

*Simon Butler* was a 25-year-old activist who helped organise the mass
mobilisations in Sydney in February and March 2003 against the invasion of
Iraq. He was also a leader of the socialist youth group Resistance and the
student anti-war movement Books Not Bombs, which Resistance initiated.

Books Not Bombs organised Australia's largest-ever student strikes and
marches in that period despite heavy suppression from police and school
authorities. Current Australian foreign affairs minister Bob Carr, then
Labor premier of NSW, even attempted to ban a Books Not Bombs protest.

*Green Left Weekly’s Peter Boyle *spoke to Butler about what the protests
have meant 10 years on. (You can watch the full interview at
Read interview: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53376

“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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