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Last updated on July 21st, 2017 at 03:13 pm

This tragic news will have everyone crying like a Kennedy at closing time:

Green Left Weekly is facing a serious financial crisis. Last year we finished with a $35,000 deficit and so far this year are almost $65,000 down — that’s a combined shortfall of $100,000! We have borrowed to keep going, but if this trend continues we can’t go on. It’s as simple as that.

Here’s to simplicity. “The last two years have been hard for the progressive movements,” continues Green Left Weekly’s Peter ”Lance” Boyle. “The retreat of the huge global anti-war movement after the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the re-election of PM John Howard’s Coalition government have left their mark.” Boyle then pleads for cash. No money for retreaters!

(Via Tim Train, now posting from sunny Melbourne)

Posted by Tim B. on 07/20/2005 at 11:49 AM
    1. Maybe they should have a yard sale?

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 07 20 at 01:19 PM • permalink


    1. Maybe they should have a yard sale?

      And sell what? Empty patchouli bottles, corroded bongs and old Indigo Girls vinyl?

      Posted by Dave S. on 2005 07 20 at 01:32 PM • permalink


    1. Organic cookies. And dope grown in compost.

      Posted by Gary from Jersey on 2005 07 20 at 01:41 PM • permalink


    1. What, Dave?  You’ve never been to a yard sale that had nothing but junk the owners couldn’t bring themselves to toss?  Sounds like the Greens to me!

      It’s either that, or they start up a bordello.  OTOH……if most of their members are ancient hippies, never mind!

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 07 20 at 02:15 PM • permalink


    1. I think, historically, “grue’’ in philosophy has been used to mean “green before 2000, and blue afterwards,’’ the idea being that all the evidence that something is green (when it was used, before 2000) is also evidence that that something is blue.  This was used to fluster students.

      But now we can distinguish them.  The greens turn out to be grue.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2005 07 20 at 02:30 PM • permalink


    1. I checked out their web site: the omnipresent picture of Che Guevara (green-hued, of course), various lefty links (caution: something called the Third Annual Australia in Solidarity with Latin America conference is coming up in October), and . . .pretty much nothing else. Conspicuous by their absence were those entities known as “advertisers”. What, no capitalists willing to sell rope to these commies (or donate rope, in this case, since they’re so broke)? I enjoyed the reference in the appeal to “left regroupment”, which I take to mean the misguided sons and daughters of (most likely) the idle rich, gathered at poolside to discuss the travails of the proletariat, and complain about mom and dad’s insistence that they get real jobs. The Flat Earth Society is less absurd and irrelevant than these bozos.

      Posted by paco on 2005 07 20 at 03:26 PM • permalink


    1. Communism doesn’t work?..My ten year old could have told them that!

      Posted by Srekwah on 2005 07 20 at 03:44 PM • permalink


    1. Maybe if they combined their trust funds?

      Posted by JayC on 2005 07 20 at 04:21 PM • permalink


    1. I’m sure the state will bail them out!

      Why should a magazine as important as Green Left have to worry about things such as having a market for what they produce?

      You nasty lot wishing deferred success on them!

      Posted by Rob Read on 2005 07 20 at 04:55 PM • permalink


    1. I’d look for George Soros to come to the rescue any day now.

      Posted by Jim on 2005 07 20 at 04:56 PM • permalink


    1. So these Greens … are they part of the ‘reality-based’ community?

      Posted by Achillea on 2005 07 20 at 05:09 PM • permalink


    1. Boyle then pleads for cash

      Capitalism is about people taking other peoples money. With Socialism it’s the other way around.

      Posted by Arty on 2005 07 20 at 05:10 PM • permalink


    1. Moonbat… meet Cluebat.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 07 20 at 05:16 PM • permalink


    1. “Lance” Boyle?


      That’s hi-larious. Probably a pain on the bum of humanity, too…

      Posted by mojo on 2005 07 20 at 05:39 PM • permalink


    1. well I can see drastic action is called for.

      First – cutbacks – typesetting and printing to be outsourced – ancillary staff such as Doctrine Adherence Supervisors have to go.

      Next – remaining staff to be placed on AWAs. Higher bonuses for more effective performance. We have to push our presence in the market.

      Next – Strategic alliances. –  Having our own distribution network is a sub-optimal paradigm. We should be teaming up with distributors like the Larouchie’s Epoch Times, Falun Gong and the Big Issue. Yes I know those scabs are giveaways while we sell ours but hey guys, the revolution’s over.

      Next – Advertising – no more turning away Starbucks, Gunns and Benson and Hedges – if they have the money, we have the space.

      Finally – Donations to the Greens have to be stopped.  Donations now only to be to parties who’ll do something for us – if you know what I mean.

      And if this fails – I’ve heard Murdoch is in the market for another newspaper.

      Posted by Francis H on 2005 07 20 at 05:46 PM • permalink


    1. Yet another Commie organisation collapses before the march of Capitalism.

      mmmmm Capitalism…

      Posted by Harry Buttle on 2005 07 20 at 06:03 PM • permalink


    1. Why don’t they just recruit a new editor, from, say, Scotland, re-design the paper every three days or so, and launch a glossy lifestyle insert?

      A shortfall of $100,000?  There’s that number, coming back to haunt them.

      Posted by cuckoo on 2005 07 20 at 06:27 PM • permalink


    1. Everybody—CABBAGE PATCH!*

      Where is George Soros when you need him?
      *The victory dance of the large white man…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 07 20 at 07:22 PM • permalink


    1. Is this the new Red-Green Alliance?

      Posted by lingus4 on 2005 07 20 at 07:47 PM • permalink


    1. Francis H—not sure the world is ready for a hirsute,granola-eating Page Six Girl.  Those Saddam pictures were bad enough.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 07 20 at 08:34 PM • permalink


    1. #15 you forgot titties. gotta have titties on the website and in the rag and stuff. always good for sales.

      Posted by larrikin on 2005 07 20 at 08:36 PM • permalink


    1. Cry me a river, Lance, and make it green.

      Posted by Butch on 2005 07 20 at 08:36 PM • permalink


    1. If property is theft, and profit is the decaying paradigm of capitalist oppression, why are they bothered about such arcane concepts as profit and/or loss? The collapse of the military-industrial complex is imminent- so what if they get evicted from their office and have to survive on the meagre pittance unwillingly doled out by the state (like that would be a change anyway); when the workers, enraged by their increased earnings from ditching unions and signing VWAs, rise up and smash the neo-con parasites and install a state based on equity, justice and diversity, the editorial staff of GLW will be first in line for a ZIL and a concrete apartment overlooking the new Kremlin people’s assembly.

      The Wankers United, Will Never Be Defeated!

      Posted by Habib on 2005 07 20 at 09:01 PM • permalink


    1. “I’m glad you guys are keeping up the fight”, isn’t what I overhear people say, when they pass by Green Weekly street sellers. More like, “How terribly ‘70s” and “Quite quaint, really; sort of nostalgic”. Perhaps the National Trust should be asked to list GW as a heritage/ endangered species item.

      Posted by mr magoo on 2005 07 20 at 09:25 PM • permalink


    1. The Wankers United, Will Never Be Defeated!

      Well, how I’ve always said it is: “The Workers United, Will Never Be Elected!”.  Goes down a treat at protests.

      I can only hope the publishers’ personal fortunes are sunk into this fiasco of a ferrago, and not my bank’s, or worse still, my taxes.

      Posted by Mr Hackenbacker on 2005 07 20 at 09:53 PM • permalink


    1. It’s SO reassuring that these rabid opponents of capitalism are using SecurePay, an excellent online payment gateway, owned in part by the extremely capitalistic First Data Corporation (whose brands include Western Union). Is this irony or hypocrisy??

      Posted by kywong73 on 2005 07 20 at 09:57 PM • permalink


    1. My recommendation:

      Continue borrowing.  Every wane must have its wax, lefties.

      As usual, I would make some witty reference to P.G. Wodehouse, but I can’t remember the name of Aunt Agatha’s ladies’ journal that was continually in the red…

      Posted by zeppenwolf on 2005 07 20 at 10:01 PM • permalink


    1. The Women’s Monthly?

      Posted by Habib on 2005 07 20 at 10:18 PM • permalink


    1. But I thought they were supposed to be a nonprofit…?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 07 20 at 10:23 PM • permalink


    1. Why not ask Toni Collette for a donation?

      Posted by dee on 2005 07 20 at 10:26 PM • permalink


    1. The Wankers United, Will Never Be Defeated!

      “The people, united, will never be ignited!”

      Posted by Rob Crawford on 2005 07 20 at 10:37 PM • permalink


    1. Habib, that was quicker than Brett Lee.

      Posted by slatts on 2005 07 20 at 10:52 PM • permalink


    1. The could always put the hard word on one of their very own in-house heroes,the comfortably wealthy Sylvia Hale.100 large should only be petty cash to the former Trot,No Aircraft Noise Party Councillor and now Green Party MLC in the NSW Parliament.Sylvia has done very under the Capitalist jackboot as a quick look at her disclosures in the Parliamentary Pecuniary Interests Register will reveal.

      Posted by Lew on 2005 07 20 at 11:10 PM • permalink


    1. According to the Lancet, there’s a 95% chance that their loss is somewhere between $8,000 and $192,000.

      Posted by Zoe Brain on 2005 07 20 at 11:30 PM • permalink


    1. I’d like to help by buying their paper, I really would, but that would be kind of capitalist, or consumerist, or something. And we can’t have that.

      Posted by TimT on 2005 07 21 at 12:01 AM • permalink


    1. Here’s an idea.
      Why don’t they have a local Live 8 style concert on the Sydney Town Hall steps where stoned buskers and bongo drum players from around the nation can come play to their captive audience. The ABC and SBS could telivise it applying pressure and pleading with the lending institution to forgive the $100K debt. Then we could have the concert again in another 12 months time for the very same cause and things could continue exactly as they have been in perpetuity.
      Problem solved!

      Posted by Hank Reardon on 2005 07 21 at 12:05 AM • permalink


    1. “The Wankers United, Will Never Be Defeated!”
      Not if they all pull together.

      Posted by HC44 on 2005 07 21 at 12:08 AM • permalink


    1. “The Wankers United, Will Never Be Defeated!”

      Habib, that was just great.  Absolutely perfect.

      Who the hell is stupid enough to be loaning these idiots money?  It would serve them right if the loams were totally unsecured.

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 2005 07 21 at 12:38 AM • permalink


    1. If the progressive movements had, well, made any actual progress, do you think they’d be getting more donations?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 07 21 at 12:41 AM • permalink


    1. Perhaps if it wasnt utter crap more people might buy it and they wouldnt have this problem?

      Posted by Nic White on 2005 07 21 at 02:43 AM • permalink


    1. This sounds like a job for…..Margo- to the rescue,aided and abetted by Bob Ellis- if they can spare him from the dynamic Byron Bay broadsheet.

      Posted by crash on 2005 07 21 at 03:53 AM • permalink


    1. Hmmmm. If I were an idle-rich squillionaire, Teresa Heinz-Kerry style, I’d probably bail them out to the tune of 100Gs. On one condition – Tim Blair gets a weekly column!

      Posted by WhiteyRighty on 2005 07 21 at 05:13 AM • permalink


    1. There not so bad.

      Just look at the polls they conduct on their affliated web site. They consistantly betray a conservative view point.

      Posted by gubbaboy on 2005 07 21 at 07:28 AM • permalink


    1. How green are my debts ……

      Posted by Louis on 2005 07 21 at 08:05 AM • permalink


    1. How can they ask somebody to be the last person to donate to a doomed cause?

      Posted by Veeshir on 2005 07 21 at 08:33 AM • permalink


    1. Zeppenwolf: I think the mag was “My Lady’s Boudoir”.

      Posted by paco on 2005 07 21 at 09:17 AM • permalink


    1. LOL Veeshir.

      Posted by monkeyfan on 2005 07 21 at 07:12 PM • permalink


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