Archive: Arena Quarterly #4

Citizens, Arise!

The first and last defence of democracy is in the street where we live.

Re-Worlding—with a Pluriversal New Deal

The Eurocentric fantasy of mastering nature has always been a problematic ontology.

The China Divide: Industry, technology and military relations are all tied up in strategies now unfolding

The United States is determined to stop China narrowing the gap in technological prowess. The new ‘digital iron curtain’ dividing the world into US and Chinese technological zones runs through Australia…

Housing for Thriving in a Post-COVID World

Australia’s housing system is dominated by an owning–renting tenure duopoly, but there are many other ways to configure housing access…

Arena no. 4 is available now!

In our end-of-year issue, writers consider a world after COVID-19. Dare we look to a world remade—a world beyond a ‘new normal’? De-commodified housing models and grassroots ideas for communities and local councils are grounds for hope. Australia’s relationship with China, and the injustices wrought at Juukan Gorge, call for caution. A Pluriversal New Deal […]

Dream Pastoral Inversions: Re-approaching pastoral fraughtness through questions of Australian rurality

In Australia, rural causation of climate damage, land toxicity, extinction through clearing (flora and fauna) and mass fire events that extinguish ancient forests are counteracted or even entirely denied because of the ‘necessity’ of food production and even a colonial-generational relationship to landholdings.

Antennas Aflame: Cybernetics, Conspiracies and 5G

Much of mainstream liberal commentary on the 5G conspiracy consists of snide dismissals that blame credulous individuals for inaccurate beliefs. Yet, given how widespread the 5G conspiracies have become, it is not enough to dismiss them...

Juukan Gorge Destruction: Extractivism and the Australian Settler-colonial Imagination

...the settler-colonial logic of elimination—of displacement for the purpose of replacement—has come to align in ever more destructive ways with the economic logic of neoliberal capitalism…

Reimagining Regional Relationships

A post-COVID, post-neoliberal ordering of these relationships needs a new shared imagination Melbourne’s second lockdown and the enforced separation of the city’s residents from those of regional Victoria and the rest of the world has proven a sobering time in which to reflect upon a complex relationship. Across Melbourne, lockdown has delivered a collective jolt to the senses, a striking realisation of how deeply integral mobility is, in its myriad forms, to our taken-for-granted sense…

Editorial, Arena no. 4: Post-Trump Fantasies

While an America oriented to international climate agreements will make an important contribution, ‘Me? A socialist?’ Biden is not very likely to understand or seek to basically reform the hyper-destructive forces of contemporary capitalism.

Standing up Straighter against COVID-19?

The Morrison government plans to amend the Defence Act to make it easier to deploy the ADF domestically at times of national emergency.