“Freedom Day”: Thatcherism’s Last Gasp?

UK news reports say that many, perhaps a majority, will continue to avoid crowded venues even after ‘Freedom Day’. But of course that is of little use; a minority of 5 to 10 per cent letting rip is sufficient to turn these places into spreader hubs.

Care in the Time of COVID

Care has become visible in a new way during the COVID-19 crisis. Its availability and limits have become part of the stakes of the crisis.

Why Study Economics?

Economics students should be exposed to big-picture issues. Why so much brutality in the growth of material ‘prosperity’, and was/is it inevitable? Why do economic systems vary across ‘capitalist’ countries? Whence came the welfare state and why the decades of attacks on it?

Missile Rain

The United States’ enemies can no longer assume they are dealing with an erratic amateur who can be taken advantage of. Normal maintenance of a substantially extended empire has been resumed.

Loaded Words: The Yarra Valley Writers Festival

Resilience is a handy cover: it seems that when people ask others to be resilient, they often mean that they want them to put up with circumstances they wouldn’t themselves enjoy.

Cybernetic Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics

China’s Social Credit System is a compelling manifestation of cybernetic capitalism—of how financial mechanisms interlock with other systems of social control, by combining mass surveillance, gamified corporate loyalty programs, and debt peonage.

Witness K: Gangster Capitalism Meets Kafka

Australia remains…one of the most secretive and, it should be said, punitive democracies when it comes to dealing with its public servants and whistleblowing.

Lest We Forget: The Harmful Policy Legacies of the Northern Territory Intervention

Fourteen years on, one looks back sadly at the devastation and havoc wreaked by the Intervention, with contemporary morbidity—long-term ill effects—experienced by many whom the imposed measures were supposed to heal and restore.

Hot Air? John Garnaut’s Novel Approach to Accuracy

The judge said, ‘I have serious doubts about the honesty and reliability of at least one aspect of Mr Garnaut’s evidence…’

Big Brother is watching French academia

Anyone teaching or researching racism, colonialism or Islamophobia will be accused of ‘Islamo-leftism’

From the Archive

Australian society is being slowly fractured into classes of differential vulnerability, to whom different laws and rights apply.

From the Archive

‘Fire’ may be an appropriate way to think and talk about the climate-change emergency, not just because we are literally dealing with a burning world but also because it does not bring with it the concerns associated with ‘rule by emergency’.

A Genealogy of Aged Care

Older people are now expected to navigate highly complex markets for residential or home care, staffed by a decreasingly professionalised, low-paid workforce.

Empire of the Dead: The Fossil Fuel Order and the clean-energy rebellion

The reality is that none of our cherished futures are possible if the burning of coal, oil and gas remains business as usual; the fond horizon will be a bitter mirage for as long as the Fossil Fuel Order stands.

The Archibald, the Packing Room Prize and the eternal return of the avant-garde

The Packing Room Prize never veers at all. The winning portrait usually depicts a person famous in the media, and it is always either the most strictly realist portrait in that range, or very occasionally a comic, but highly worked, caricature. Nothing varying from the job of accurate representation has ever made the cut.

Journey to the East South West: Part II

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10 Jun 2021

Spotting unnatural movement, Monkey stopped and pointed towards group of giant snails-like creatures, some sprouting human limbs and faces.

Losing Appetite: Australia’s War Crimes Investigation Stumbles

In 2021, the Australian effort to pursue the matter risks going under or, at the very least, losing steam. For one, events on the ground in Afghanistan are moving quickly. The Taliban forces are resurgent and eagerly awaiting the finalised departure of foreign-led forces.

Treaty: All ship, no cargo

I can’t help but be disappointed that we find ourselves some fifty years into a Treaty movement, and in the middle of various concurrent Treaty processes, and yet we continue to lack a vision for an outcome or outcomes.