See also : Benedict Anderson: “I like nationalism’s utopian elements”, CULCOM, December 15, 2005 | Fredy Perlman, The Continuing Appeal of Nationalism (1984) | George Orwell, Notes on Nationalism (1945) | Rudolf Rocker, Nationalism and Culture (1933/1937). Note that the publication of Rocker’s book was delayed by the Nazi ‘seizure’ of power in 1933, as a result of which the anarcho-syndicalist FAUD was banned; in 2009, German authorities have again acted to prohibit grassroots unionism.
On December 11, 2009, the Berlin District Court decided that the Free Workers’ Union Berlin (FAU-B) could no longer call itself a union or grassroots union. The court decision was confirmed on January 5, 2010. This is the culmination of a series of attempts by the Neue Babylon Berlin GmbH to legally hogtie the strongest and most active form of workers’ representation in the company.
This attack on the basic right of freedom of association is a de facto ban of the union. The way we see it, it is the workers who decide how they want to organise. If it isn’t overturned, this verdict will not only represent an affront against the FAU-B but also against any form of independent grassroots organising.
Prospective Australian citizens
will start started sitting the new citizenship test from today October 19, 2009.
To find out how well
your listeners readers of slackbastard would go in the test, a sample of questions similar to those used in the test are included.
The new 20 multiple-choice questions test is not easier than the old one but it is fairer; mandatory questions have been removed giving equal weight to every question in the test, and the extent to which former PM John HoWARd’s obsessive pre-occupation with Sir Donald Bradman has corrupted the test has been severely curtailed.
The test assesses prospective new citizens on their understanding of Australian civics, the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship, and the possibility of their refusing to obey orders issued by Australian authorities.
Topics include Australia’s democratic beliefs, laws and government as well as the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship and the penalties attached to a refusal to obey orders issued by Australian authorities.
All test questions were initially drawn on a paper napkin by a handful of highly-placed and quite inebriated public servants during the course of an extended lunch-break, and later re-written by some underlings to compose the testable section of the revised citizenship test resource book, Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bondage, which can be found on the citizenship website.
Do you have an adequate knowledge of Australia, the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship and the penalties attached to a refusal to obey orders issued by Australian authorities? Let
your listeners readers of slackbastard test themselves today, on air the ah, Internets!
1. What do we remember on Anzac Day?
a. The landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli
b. The arrival of the first free settlers from Britain
c. The landing of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove
d. Colonial Australia’s love-hate relationship with British imperialism
2. What are the colours of the Australian Aboriginal Flag?
a. Black, red and yellow
b. Green, white and black
c. Blue, white and green
d. What flag?
3. Which official symbol of Australia identifies Commonwealth property?
a. The national anthem
b. Australia’s national flower
c. Commonwealth Coat of Arms
d. A gun
4. Which of these is an example of freedom of speech?
a. Newspapers can write about any topic
b. Men and women are treated equally in a court of law
c. Australians are free to not follow a religion
d. Alan Jones
5. Which of these is a responsibility of Australian citizens aged 18 years or over?
a. To attend local council meetings
b. To vote in elections
c. To have a current Australian passport
d. To not think too long or hard
6. Which of these statements about passports is correct?
a. Australian citizens can apply for an Australian passport
b. Permanent residents can hold an Australian passport
c. Australian citizens need a passport and visa to return to Australia
d. You can buy anything if the price is right
7. What happened in Australia on 1 January 1901?
a. The Australian Constitution was changed by a referendum
b. The Australian Constitution came into effect
c. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps was formed
d. Something rotten
8. What is the name of the legal document that sets out the rules for the government of Australia?
a. The Australian Federation
b. The Australian Commonwealth
c. The Australian Constitution
d. The Golden Rule
9. Which of these is a role of the Governor-General?
a. The appointment of state premiers
b. The signing of Bills passed by the Australian Parliament
c. The appointment of the Head of State
d. The symbolic maintenance of an archaic legal system rooted in British feudalism
10. Which of these statements about state governments is correct?
a. All states have the same constitution
b. Each state has its own constitution
c. The states have no constitution
d. The abolition of the state would constitute a marked advancement in human progress
Answers: 1d, 2d, 3d, 4d, 5d, 6d, 7d, 8d, 9d, 10d
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