Archive: Arena Quarterly

Care in the Time of COVID

Care has become visible in a new way during the COVID-19 crisis. Its availability and limits have become part of the stakes of the crisis.

Cybernetic Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics

China’s Social Credit System is a compelling manifestation of cybernetic capitalism—of how financial mechanisms interlock with other systems of social control, by combining mass surveillance, gamified corporate loyalty programs, and debt peonage.

A Genealogy of Aged Care

Older people are now expected to navigate highly complex markets for residential or home care, staffed by a decreasingly professionalised, low-paid workforce.

Empire of the Dead: The Fossil Fuel Order and the clean-energy rebellion

The reality is that none of our cherished futures are possible if the burning of coal, oil and gas remains business as usual; the fond horizon will be a bitter mirage for as long as the Fossil Fuel Order stands.

Editorial, Arena no. 6: Borders and Grounded Community

…there is the absolute obligation to our citizens that there is somewhere on earth whose care for them is absolute.

China Games

China responded to the US presence in the Bashi Channel by sending Su-30 and J-16 fighter aircraft and Xian H-6 bombers into the area, where they simulated missile attacks on the US vessels.

Militarising Bulldozers: Demolition in Israel/Palestine as Settler-Colonial Policy

Is the solution a two-state solution...or should we be looking for a process of decolonisation?

Letter from London: Viral Internationalism

…for the first time in my adult life, we Amero-Europeans ceased to gaze out at the world with our usual mixture of transient humanitarianism and inactive charitableness and instead became the subject of a sorrowful gaze from elsewhere.

Sham Diagnosis

...denial of care to a particular group of patients is not the application of some apolitical, medical procedure. It is thoroughly reactionary, and continues the worst traditions of psychiatric care, updated for the neoliberal age.

On Capitol Hill

…we should not take too seriously the portrayal of Biden as a leader deeply formed in the experience of grief…he is also a Cold War warrior, with a demonstrable inclination to pursue the Democrats’ hawkish orientation towards war where it encounters resistance.

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…

Yi Hak-nae and the Burma–Thailand Railway

In 1946–47, Australia conducted twenty-three war-crimes trials in Singapore, with sixty-two defendants. It found eighteen guilty and sentenced them to death, acquitted eleven, and sentenced an additional thirty-three to varying prison terms.