Articles by: Guy Rundle

Author Biography:

Guy Rundle was founding co-editor of Arena Magazine and is Associate Editor of Arena (third series). He is a well-known essayist and is writer-at-large for Crikey. His most recent book Practice: Journalism, Essays and Criticism was published by Black Inc. in 2019.

Informit: This kind of position is a sort of ‘Bourbon Marxism’, forgetting nothing because it has learnt nothing, and intoxicating to boot: Shock of the new

'Everyone is shocked', the insider told me, in a text exchange a few days after the recent British election, as the scale of the defeat began to sink in. Boris Johnson's Conservative Party had won 360-plus seats in the 650-seat House of Commons, on 43.6 per cent of the vote. The Tories had gone to the public with a simple message: get Brexit done, because it was voted for in the referendum. Labour went to…

Informit: Reduction to meme [Book Review]

Review(s) of: Fully automated luxury communism: A manifesto, by Aaron Bastani (Verso, 2018).

Informit: An Australian narrative

Arena Magazine came into being thirty years ago as contemporary Australia was being born. What is that beast? Trying to disentangle the recent history of Australia from its mythical past sometimes seems akin to labouring under the lights in Ceaușescu's enormous national kitsch factory, Romania's Palace of People, trying to sort plaster myth from real ornament. But it also seems a good time to try to do so, as this magazine of Australian commentary changes…

Informit: Exhibition Mute Melancholy [Book Review]

Review(s) of: KAWS: Companionship in the age of loneliness, by NGV International (September 2019-April 2020).

Informit: Trigger warnings: An exchange

Review(s) of: Trigger warnings: An exchange.

Informit: The annihilating core

Facing extinction: will we consent to our own negation? 'Is this the greatest TV series ever?', a chorus in the progressive media asked as UK miniseries Chernobyl premiered across the world in May. It was not difficult to see why. Over five one-hour episodes, it tells the story of the 1986 nuclear disaster in the USSR in the Priprayat/Chernobyl region of Ukraine, beginning at the point when the control team have been briefly stunned insensible…

Informit: Books: A class for itself? [Book Review]

Review(s) of: Trigger Warnings: Political Correctness and the Rise of the Right, by Jeff Sparrow, Scribe Publications, 2018.

Informit: After the loss, what country are we?

The 18 May election has ended any sense in which Australia can feel apart from the political stresses and upheavals that over the past decade have come to characterise much of the West. Certainly what has been called the revolt against the elites has now been confirmed here. Of course it is a particular kind of leadership that is being rejected, one associated with globalisation, immigration, education and inner-city life-differentiated from, and a parallel universe…

End of an Era?, by Scott Ludlam, Raewyn Connell, Judith Brett and Amy McQuire

Reflections on the Coalition's mode of government as 18 May—and a possible change—draws nearer

Informit: A categorical crisis

Six years ago, the Abbott gov - ernment swept to power with the unabashed propagandistic support of News Corp and reliant on a perception of the Labor leadership as elitist, duplicitous and self-absorbed, with a dash of misogyny thrown in. Abbott had the demeanour of a philosopherking , a politician-author coming from the Catholic Right tradition, ostensibly embodying purpose and judgment in one hard, muscular shell. Abbott appeared to have a degree of pragmatism, campaigning…

Big Little Britain, by Guy Rundle

When the political compact loses its ground

Informit: Big little Britain

The famous British newspaper headline of the 1910s, 'fog in channel; continent remains isolated', has been getting a bit of a workout once more with the latest round of Brexit negotiations, and the increasingly white-knuckle brinkmanship politics being played inside and out of the British parliament. On 29 March 2019 the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the EU, a date set by a UK Withdrawal Act voted up in the wake of the 2016…