Articles by: Richard King

Author Biography:

Richard King is a writer based in Fremantle. His new book, Here Be Monsters: Is Technology Reducing Our Humanity?(Monash University Publishing), was published in 2023.

Standing Ground in a Turning World

Richard King

15 Jul 2024

With the Gaza protests, the Left has reunified around a material approach. Extending that to a reflection on deeper social changes of recent decades is the key to a re-oriented politics capable of gaining ground.

Nuclear Frisson: On ‘Oppenheimer’

What concerns me is that Oppenheimer, far from shaking us out of our slumber, is unable to grasp the radical nature of what happened in the New Mexico desert or connect what happened there to our current techno-scientific moment.

The Eighth Day of Creation: How the new cultural technologies take us into the posthuman

Human solidarity depends on the sense that we are all equal in coming from nature, and that attempts to reengineer ourselves will prove corrosive of this deeper equality.

Big Tech Goes Ballistic

The idea of an algorithmic catastrophe waiting for us down the road is from this perspective clearly limiting. The catastrophe is already here, and unfolding.

The Wolvadoodles: A Review of Sub-Imperial Power

The ‘rules-based international order’ is not a set of rules at all, and still less a set of principles. It is a set of material military arrangements that seek to ensure and enshrine US dominance.

Brave New Wild: Why ‘Resurrecting’ the Thylacine is a Dangerous Idea

Any public debate on de-extinction technologies must take account of the broader processes that are bringing such affordances into being, and the long-term social and psychological effects of regarding the latter as self-evident progress.

Zero Gravity: Floating towards posthumanism

The transition to the posthuman will not turn on any Judgment Day scenario, but will be a slow and incremental process of quantity turning into quality.

As Politics Narrows, Divisions Deepen: A Note of the Election and the Left

Should Labor come to power on 21 May, the Left will have to think carefully about the terms in which it frames its opposition to what is sure to be a disappointing government.

Suture Shock: Humanity goes Under the Knife

As we become ever more remote from ‘meatspace’, it’s worth considering the role the scalpel and the needle may play in that development.

It’s the Stupidity, Stupid! On Technocratic Populism

…while it is clear that Australians in general are more persuaded by ‘positive liberty’ arguments than the new libertarians would like to imagine, it is striking that the case for lockdown, or indeed for mandatory vaccinations, is only rarely made in those terms.

Identity Crisis: Radical Gender Theory and the Left

The idea that there is no significant relationship between sex and gender carries with it an assumption about human beings that should strike those on the material Left as a challenge to an idea of freedom without which ‘the Left’ as a political entity would never have come into being at all…

Politically Challenged: Review of Scott Ryan’s ‘Challenging Politics’

...it may be that the current atmosphere in Canberra represents a perverse form of unity. In arguing more and more about less and less, politicians are sending a message to the electorate that Real Disagreements are being had, when in fact it is clear that the two major parties are different cheeks on the same rear end.