Archive: Arena Quarterly #14

The Great White Fleet Returns: AUKUS, culture, ‘mega-race’ and the new world blocs

The Left appears to have very little to say about AUKUS, even though it amounts to the most comprehensive imposition of hegemonic whiteness currently on offer.

Have You Tried Not Being poor?: Cognitive dissonance in twenty-first century social policy

It’s hard not to feel that Labor pursued a cruel strategy of using weasel words to give false hope to welfare recipients for electoral gain.

Where the People Are: Myanmar’s armed resistance and rehabilitation of ‘the People’ as revolutionary actor

All seizures of government have unanticipated consequences. The 2021 coup in Myanmar has had many. One of the most remarkable is that the military has inadvertently rehabilitated ‘the People’ as a primary category for political action.

‘Breaking the Cycle’?: Criminalising youth in Alice Springs‘

Government approaches that frame young street-walkers as ‘anti-social’ individuals who have followed the wrong ‘path’ are inherently divisive.

Bearer of War: How Asia views AUKUS

Fundamentally, AUKUS must be seen as a critical capitulation to Washington’s power interests and a danger to Australia’s neighbours.

The Kumanjayi Walker Inquest: Bodycam, fear and the unmaking of intercultural relations

The quest to understand the death of Kumanjayi Walker has progressively opened out to reveal a wider plain of consequence. Withdrawal, disengagement, lack of trust, betrayal.

AUKUS and the Labor Tradition: Has Albanese completed or betrayed the Curtin legacy?

In supporting the Coalition government’s decision on AUKUS, the Albanese government has made the most significant departure from the party’s defence and foreign policy tradition in the last forty years.

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.

Sex Up Against Culture

The simple and seemingly commonsensical conversation around consent makes it difficult to turn a critical eye to the concept.

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.

Highway to Hell: We are being AUKUStrated!

AUKUS makes Australia a US garrison, and locks us in with US warfighting so securely that we will be unable to stay out of any American war.

The ‘China Threat’: Can we escape the historical legacy of anti-Chinese racism?

Marilyn Lake

29 Jun 2023

The ‘Chinese threat narrative’, as it has recently been labelled, was constitutive of Australian nationhood.