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The Backward-Looking Cult of Beatle Worship

What’s really sucking the life out of things is this traditionalist drive to be borne ceaselessly backwards, a program that diminishes the dozens of equally transcendent recording artists who’ve roamed the fallout zone since punk detonated the Beatles-led classic-rock hegemony circa 1976.

Systemic reckonings and online learning

The paradox of teaching then is that teachers are attempting to create contexts for students to think for themselves, to stay sane in an age of division while operating within an institutional structure designed to create compliant and obedient workers, a goal that is continually reinforced by the state for neoliberal purposes.

Casualisation: Abuse by another name

Whole sections of departments in our universities are now staffed by temporary workers. The casualisation of the workforce by university managers means that the lives of these women and men are held in suspension…

Vertigo: Images of the turmoil of seeking asylum in Persian miniatures

a sensation of whirling and loss of balance, associated particularly with looking down from a great height, or caused by the hard life experienced by precarious asylum seekers; giddiness.

Australia’s exit from Afghanistan: Niche empire and false expectations

The Australian commitment has been slavish, apelike, and automatic in both the deployment of troops and their withdrawal.

Apocalypse Wow!: The thing about conspiracies

When you realise that the very same itch to get to the bottom of things underlies the book of Revelation, The Wizard of Oz and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, you can begin to perceive what a big, rough beast the apocalyptic genre really is.

Proboscises Unbound: The psychopathology of Silicon Valley

…the acceleration of net worth enjoyed by the digital czars is unlike anything history has ever seen: Musk’s net worth increased by US$25 billion in a single day in March 2021.

The Good, the Bad and the Deadly: The WHO, EDTA-dependent-PTCP, and AstraZeneca

…the public deserves not to be put at risk when simple precautions can be taken to screen for and guard against possible bad side effects of vaccines, however rare these side effects might be.

NT Laws reproduce carceral politics governing Aboriginal children

It is a blight on our nation that we continue to lock up Aboriginal children when we should be keeping them on Country.

Universities and Palestine: three kinds of silence

If antiracism can be switched on and off as a principle—repeatedly asserted in print, but abruptly suspended when the question of Palestine is raised—then its expressions are degraded into mere performances.

‘Recover the land to recover everything’: The patient journey of the Colombian Cauca Regional Indigenous Council

The land is not only a physical space in which to live with dignity but also it is the source of Indigenous laws: indeed, mainstream representations of Indigenous territories, taking into consideration the topographic and biologic dimensions of the earth’s surface, have forgotten the pluriverse of organic and inorganic beings that make and negotiate their social living together with Indigenous peoples’ ecological and spiritual relations.

Julian Assange could finally walk free—if we seize the moment

For the first time in more than a decade, there’s cause for hope.