Editorial: How the power of financial capital was unleashed in the 1980s to the detriment of social democracy and an examination of the myths which sustain neoliberalism.

Marilyn Lake assesses the relationship between government sponsorship via the Department of Veterans Affairs and the teaching of Australian history to promote a seamless tale of nationalist military values.

Ian Hundley argues that the privatisation of the AWB, the management practices set in place and the single-minded pursuit of profit and share market value led to the oil-for-food scandal.

Ian McAuley contends that governments should not adopt private sector financial accounting models which are appropriate to business enterprises accountable to financial markets but reveal little about how government is meeting its responsibilities for the delivery of services and meeting the needs of the community.

Arthur Gibbs explains how market fundamentalism was used by the government to cede control over the financial system which led to the huge rise in foreign debt with little to show for it except for inflation in asset prices.

Chris Pavey asks what Karl Marx would think of the modern world where capitalism has become the new religion.

David Spratt points out that the International Panel on Climate Change consensus-based conclusions on global warming are conservative which means that carbon rationing rather than carbon taxes will be needed to avoid catastrophic climate change.

Barry Naughten argues that the Howard Government’s refusal to sign the Kyoto agreement is because Australian (and US) failure to sign delays the time when China would be forced to sign Kyoto-like agreements, which would lead to cuts in their imports of Australian coal.

Denis Kenny: following his death in January 2007 a tribute to the life of a major contributor to Dissent.

Andrew Wilkie describes the way in which the Howard government has abandoned the public interest by corrupting national security policy and the agencies which implement it.

Brian Walters notes that applicants for Australian citizenship will soon have to pass a test to show they understand Australian values, including respect for the rule of law, and shows the government has no respect for the rule of law when it applies to the interests of David Hicks.

Jim Beggs points out 28 countries are prepared to register unseaworthy ships for the specific purpose of allowing the owners to maximise profits while avoiding taxes and minimum standards for seafarers.

Cedric Beidatsch discusses how neoliberalism negates its core value of ‘freedom to choose’ by its hostility to collective solutions to social and economic problems including trade unions, strong political parties and social movements that seek to intervene in the market place to promote social change.

L. Elaine Miller reviews the recent book by Frank Brennan on the role of religion in politics.

Beatrice Faust reviews the recent autobiography by Barry Jones.

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