Articles by: Simon Cooper

Author Biography:

Simon Cooper is an Arena Publications editor.

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Simon Cooper

3 May 2024

What is ‘good’ or of ‘value’ is a complex question, one radically narrowed by the utilitarian, quantitative approach, which assumes that what is good is what can be measured.

Rainbow Gunboat: Progressivism in the service of Western geopolitics

Progressive politics has become increasingly accommodating of state power in the last two decades, reversing positions that have historically underpinned left-liberal politics.

Editorial: What Rough Beast?: Geopolitical reorderings and Western sentiment

Ukraine marks the point where the culture wars have opened out onto the geopolitical landscape, aligning progressives with neocons, humanitarians with warmongers.

Controlling the Ukraine Narrative

This means it is almost impossible within mainstream opinion to simultaneously acknowledge Putin’s insupportable actions and forge a path out of the war that does not involve escalation, and the further destruction of Ukraine.

Cultural Appropriation and the Politics of the Imagination

If art has largely been stripped of its transcendent power—a casualty of commodification and oversupply—and is now measured by utility, it is simultaneously policed for its potential negative effects. In another reversal, much of this comes from elements of the ‘Left’ rather than conservatives.

Judith Butler: Gender Politics versus Fascism?

Given the ease with which Western state and corporate power has welcomed gender inclusiveness (while hypocritically propping up forces that actively suppress gender diversity elsewhere)…there is little evidence that a pro-genderism stance necessarily disrupts entrenched forms of power…

After Trump?: Cancel culture and the new authoritarianism

After the failed insurrection at the US Capitol building, an event irreconcilably both absurd and frightening, Donald Trump, for so long a master of the attention economy, finally got ‘cancelled’. While many of his Republican colleagues made a last-minute decision (motivated by self-interest) to dump him, the real blow for Trump was the response by corporate America. Facebook and Twitter blocked the president’s social-media accounts, Shopify terminated stores affiliated with him, YouTube removed channels questioning…

Stop Press: Farewell to Arena Printing

Title: Stop Press Standfirst: Farewell to Arena Printing Authors: Guy Rundle, Melinda Hinkson, Simon Cooper Bios: Guy Rundle, Melinda Hinkson and Simon Cooper are Arena Publications Editors. In the early 1990s Melinda and Guy ran presses for Arena Printing. GRAB: Everyone who spent any substantial time on the letterpress machines—elegant Italian behemoths purchased when the industry as a whole began switching over to offset printing—had a moment when they felt like giving it all up.…

Informit: Stop press

In April of this year, Arena said farewell to our most recent city centre, a former warehouse on Kerr Street, Fitzroy. It's the third city centre we've had since we established our first on Brunswick Street, North Fitzroy, in 1983. But the 2020 farewell had far greater significance, since it marked the conclusion of our active involvement with printing, both of our own publications and commercially, through a full-service firm. That would have been the…

Informit: Last chance for universities?

How bad will it be? Up until the COVID-19 pandemic, international-student revenue for Australian universities had been around 25 per cent across the sector, with many of Australia's 'sandstone' universities relying on international students for at least a third of their income. The loss of much of this revenue for the near to mid-future represents the biggest crisis the sector has faced. The paucity of government support and the federal minister's real or feigned ignorance…

Last Chance for Universities?

How bad will it be? Up until the COVID-19 pandemic, international-student revenue for Australian universities had been around 25 per cent across the sector, with many of Australia’s ‘sandstone’ universities relying on international students for at least a third of their income. The loss of much of this revenue for the near to mid-future represents the biggest crisis the sector has faced. …universities will act vigorously to manage their finances.

Informit: From universal love to global anomie [Book Review]

Review(s) of: From universal love to global anomie, by Christos Tsiolkas and Michel Houellebecq, on the beginning and end of Western civilisation