Archive: Arena Quarterly

The Trump Mediation

What Sinclair Lewis had warned in It Can’t Happen Here—a Hitler-esque rise to power at the centre of the democratic world—anticipated by all sides from the early days of Trump’s apotheosis, seemed actually to be materialising.

COVID Among the Palestinians

As the pandemic raged, it appeared that Israel’s disregard for Palestinian life, an institutionally entrenched position, would be costly not only for Palestinians but for Israelis themselves.

Editorial, Arena no. 5: Political Mutations

Liberalism and neoliberalism, and thus unthinking economic and cultural globalisation, see only a larger, albeit more diverse, pond over which liberal governance can expand.

Alan Roberts Prize Essay: The Limits of Science Communication

Knowledge and scientific understanding could have been a democratic inheritance... Instead the West—that is, a powerful, liberal consensus in the West—doubled down on an elitist, technocratic politics, inattentive to social need or the growing crisis of democratic representation...

‘Except by Chance’: The Christchurch Inquiry

...we might consider how, with unerring though likely unwitting proficiency, the report essentially acts as an endorsement of Countering Violent Extremism…

Money Turns Abstract: A history of money and the emergence of Bitcoin

Is blockchain a weapon that serves to emancipate people, or to emancipate money? Is it a way back to money used as a means to an end, or the ultimate expression of its fetishism?

The Limits of Control

Compelled towards impossible dreams of infinite growth within finite nature, the cybernetic capitalist system is decidedly expansionist and colonial...

The New Anthroposcenery

…the city itself must become its own source of wilderness, where natural elements from flora to fauna are sourced, renovated, and put on display.

A Five-kilometre Economy

In Australia, communities had searched for answers to the perceived impact of globalisation long before the advent of COVID-19.

Response to issues raised in ‘Sub-Imperial State, Australian Dirty Work’

Richard Tanter responds to Clinton Fernandes' review of Brian Toohey's book Secret: The Making of Australia's Security State

A reply to Richard Tanter

Brian Toohey replies to Richard Tanter's response to a review of his book.

Citizens, Arise!

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