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.

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…

Informit: For Alan Roberts

He had the appearance of wire, stripped of its casing, thin, straight, finely detailed. Whether in overalls, tennis whites, or army-disposal shirts and pants - that uniform of postwar leftwing men - Alan Roberts projected energy, electricity. He wore budget-price steel-frame glasses, the physicists' go-to, but adorned them with clip-on shades, which gave him an air of hipster cool. His haircut was forties' demob, neat with a slight tousle at the front. He favoured the…

Informit: The effacement of history

Review(s) of: The Effacement of History, New Academic Street, RMIT University, (Lyons with NMBW Architecture Studio, Harrison and White, MvS Architects and Maddison Architects).

Informit: The end of Neoliberalism?

To mash up St Karl and St Oscar, history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, then in Australia. That has its advantages, not least in politics - not least in politics that may eventually turn lively, if not lethal. Across the Western world, Left and Right are repolarising, but with a greater asymmetry than ever. What was for a century or more a division along a single dimension - the private or public…

Informit: Australian politics, the Christmas jigsaw

The press gallery photographer took a telling snap of Senator Eric Abetz during the Senate sitting week at the end of November. The Tasmanian conservative, whose support base is among Christian fundamentalists in the state's north, was leaning down to get something off the Senate bench, clutching both front and backboard. He may have been bending down to get something, but it looked as if the sheer weight of events was pressing down upon him.

The Bolshevik Century, by Guy Rundle

The October revolution in the twentieth-century political imagination

Informit: The bolshevik century

The October revolution in the twentiethcentury political imagination. When 1 January came round this year and, through bleary hang - over, 2017 was glimpsed, I cannot have been the only person on the Left-still, however complicatedly-to have expressed a wishful prayer that we could skip the whole year and move on to 2018. Looming at the end of the year was the centenary of the Event, the October revolution in Russia, when, after months of…

Into the Breach, by Guy Rundle

A politics for the new divisions

Informit: Into the breach

'There is no such thing as a good Trump voter!' screamed the front-page headline for a new article by Jamelle Bouie, political editor at online daily Slate. It was the week after Donald Trump's shocking, earth-shattering election victory, and Bouie's seventh or eighth article since then. A leading young black writer in mainstream US liberal media, Bouie had identified strongly with the Hillary Clinton campaign and been disdainful of the left insurgency of Bernie Sanders,…