Articles by: Richard Hil

Author Biography:

Dr Richard Hil is Adjunct Professor in the School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University and Convenor of the Ngara Institute. Richard is the author of numerous books, the latest being The Sacking of Fallujah: A People’s History (with Ross Caputi and Donna Mulhearn).

Rewilding capitalism: COVID-19 and the rebooting of Australia’s neoliberal order

Many of us have made the mistake of separating the pandemic from the egregious effects of neoliberal capitalism—they are, in fact, deeply enmeshed, as the genesis of the crisis and its differential effects testify.

COVID-19-inspired Western Altruism Ignores the World’s Unpeople

There is a forgetfulness present in the current crisis as we focus on the terrible tragedies unfolding in Western countries, especially the United States. These places are not the usual sites of such carnage—not on this epic scale.

Informit: Getting to where: We want to go

It is unusual for economists to talk about democracy and socialism, and even more unusual for them to talk about economic theory in the context of democratic socialism. But this is precisely what occurred recently at an event in regional northern New South Wales.

Informit: A post-neoliberal academy?

The impacts of neoliberalism on universities are well documented and understood. From the marketisation of research and curricula and the erosion of collegiality to the de-professionalisation of academic work, the modern university has been radically transformed over recent decades.

Informit: The great divide

The new fat cats in Australia's Universities <br /><br /> These days Australian universities look more like rapacious private firms than public institutions dedicated to the common good. Increasing private-sector investment in research, private ownership of research outcomes and protection through intellectual-property laws, casualisation of labour, and managerial capture all point to what is now a commercially driven, corporatised system. As one senior University of Sydney manager remarked notably, universities are 'more like sales operations…

Informit: Academic business

Recently an academic friend made the interesting observation that she could detect little difference in the contents of The Australian's Higher Education, Campus Review and the business pages of most of our daily newspapers. Intrigued by what sounded like a sweeping assertion, I asked what she meant, to which she responded: 'pick up any copy of Wednesday's Australian or glance at the routine concerns of Campus Review and you'll find article after article focused on…

Informit: War pains: US troops returning from Iraq are paying a high price in the Bush Administration’s war on terror

Informit: Iraq, hidden casualities as policy: [The toll of death, injury and madness in Iraq is being vastly underestimated as a reflection of the privatisation of war and militarisation of the media.]

Informit: The poverty taboo [Australia is one of the most economically divided OECD countries.]

Informit: Pathways to nowhere?: risk-talk and crime prevention

Informit: The family fix: the family is being treated as a combination dumping ground/ scapegoat for the failure of social democracy

Informit: Against the Neoliberal University

University managers might be forgiven for thinking that the sector has become something of a political football. The Gillard government hacked into university funding to cross-subsidise other areas of government, while the Abbott administration was intent on fee deregulation partly as a means of plugging the revenue hole. Despite such differences, both major political parties agree that universities are vital to the nation's economic interests and that, as a leading export industry, the sector has…