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American Dream

Not just precarity but destitution threatens under conditions of COVID, and especially in the United States it threatens people of colour.

Where the Mind Is Without Fear…

Universities in India are a microcosm of wider social desires and domains. What we are seeing playing out in universities are the fear and competitive hatred seen throughout Indian society under its present leadership.

Spies, Lies and the Caring Professions: Countering Violent Extremism

The training of caring professionals in contact with young people is stealthy. It includes social workers, teachers, doctors, nurses and psychologists—in short, just about anyone young people should be able to trust and turn to when they face difficulty…
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Editorial: Speaking Power to Truth: Trump’s Contradictory Strength and the Possibility of a Coup

Flash forward a few months into the very near future and imagine a moment when Trump, having to face up to an election, thinks it might just be better not to have one.

Constructing Melbourne’s COVID Pariahs

The latest spike of cases in the west and north of Melbourne allows the rest of Melbourne to construct COVID as a disease of migrants and the irresponsible casual workforce…

Destruction and erasure: Juukan Gorge and the contemporary settler-colonial imagination

…the post-1967 period, in which settlers have been no longer able to deny Indigenous existence, has been marked by the development of new strategies that seek to submerge, subsume, or to otherwise evade the implications of Indigenous sovereignties…

Abolishing the police is the first step to a new society

The police are responsible for stopping previous movements to reimagine or change the world. To imagine a new society—which is more important than ever as climate change looms—we need to first remove the barrier that is stopping movements from gaining momentum.

The Pell case: Immovable liturgical robes, vigil Mass apostasy and jury irrationality

The trial judge disallowed the prosecutor from challenging witnesses who contradicted Witness J about their allegiance, loyalty, partiality or bias towards the Cardinal because of ‘a broader atmosphere of a perceived cover-up of child abuse within the Catholic Church’.

The Virus as a Stage of History

If we are in a 'viral age', then as humanity we are in a jam, with a permanent gap between the problem and a techno-solution…
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