Redline blog is no longer an ongoing  project
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by Daphna
9M ago
Redline editorial members have become involved in different life pursuits. Our thanks to participants for their contributions and comments. The Redline archive of fact and opinion remains publicly open for anyone who wishes to make what use they wish of the 12 year archive ..read more
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A reflection on street agitation
Redline
by Admin
1y ago
By Don Franks Glancing up across the road from the Workers Now stall today, I wondered yet again what prompted the artist to make that strange image. The art deco design on the building, a burning tobacco pipe beside a weeping apple. It struck me that for nearly fifty years, on and off, I’d been ..read more
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NZ prime minister declares class war
Redline
by Admin
1y ago
by Don Franks Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has ruled out introducing a wealth tax or capital gains tax if Labour is re-elected in October. “I’m confirming today that under a government I lead there will be no wealth or capital gains tax after the election. End of story.” Chris Hipkins reasoning? He claims that with ..read more
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Class, race, and unequal access to health care
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by Admin
1y ago
by James Robb A fake debate on access to healthcare opened in June, with the National and Act parties claiming that the government was giving privileged access to health services to Māori and Pasifika people. Their target was a policy adopted by Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand that a patient’s ethnicity should be a ..read more
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Religion and Free Speech – Daniel Ben-Ami and Jacob Mchangama
Redline
by Admin
1y ago
Daphna Whitmore (Redline) moderated this Free Speech and the Left conference session on the limits of speech around religion, specifically looking at the idea of blasphemy, anti-semitism, and Islamaphobia. The conference was hosted by Plebity.org, and the panelists were Jacob Mchangama and Daniel Ben-Ami.  Jacob is a lawyer, a human-rights advocate, and the author of a book on the history ..read more
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Free Speech and the Left Conference keynote speech by Nadine Strossen
Redline
by Admin
1y ago
Free speech was traditionally a core value of the left. Nadine Strossen makes the case for free speech being of intrinsic value to movements for social justice and human rights, and women’s rights. Watch Nadine, the former director of the ACLU, a free speech icon ..read more
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Some Socialists Double Down on Support for Reactionary Gender Ideology
Redline
by Admin
1y ago
And in the process, jettison material reality and all pretense of rational thought Contributed by Bruce Lesnick and Jim Levitt On May 13, 2023, the Socialist Action website published an article entitled, Republicans Intensify Anti-Transgender Campaign, by Barry Sheppard. The piece is replete with factual errors and logical blunders. We will address those point-by-point. But ..read more
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Speech on the left
Redline
by Admin
1y ago
By Free speech and the left conference 2023 NEWS RELEASE June 14, 2023 International conference will look at free speech on the left Censorship, cancel culture, identity politics and other issues will go under the microscope during the Free Speech and the Left conference June 17 to 24. The online event will feature authors, academics, journalists ..read more
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“Extremists in the workplace”: a new attack on our rights
Redline
by Admin
1y ago
by Don Franks According to a Stuff article, New Zealand companies are: “walking a difficult line with employees who use the workplace to promote conspiracy theories or extremist political views. (“Annoying or dangerous: How should managers deal with extremists in the workplace? James Halpin Jun 11 2023) “One manager at a major national employer with ..read more
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“The Paying Guests”; a love story with class
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by Admin
1y ago
by Don Franks Someone left a copy of  “The Paying Guests” in the bus stop at the end of our street and made my day. What you get in these 564 pages is a beautifully touching love story, memorable characters, suspense and a healthy dose of class education. In early 1920s London, Frances Wray and ..read more
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