The spring 2021 issue explores the social and political fragmentation wrought by COVID, and by the realities of contemporary life: neoliberal governance, the techno-sciences, a disconnection from nature, and rampant commercialisation and commodification.

Editorial: The Biopolitics of COVID

The pandemic very likely is the result of development pressing into once wild places and disturbing achieved balances between nature and human settlement, development that has been fuelling worldwide consumption and a disconnection from nature at an ever-accelerating pace.


Arena Quarterly issue no. 7, 2021


Alison Caddick1
Neither party, nor the system, can answer the categorical challenges of our era
Guy Rundle4
Will expanding government debt only entrench the wealth divide?
John Quiggin7
Empire by another name
Clinton Fernandes12
Australia’s Yemen War and the supply of arms to rogue regimes
Michelle Fahy22
Australian encouragement to the strongman and decades of denial
Peter Job28
Theory and Practice
Radical gender theory and the Left
Richard King36
Should We ‘Follow the Science’?
A philosophical counter to science’s claim to culture-transcending knowledge
Christopher Houston43
Our abstract ways of viewing
Madeline Frolich52
Alan Roberts Prize
A ‘miraculous epilogue’ to the industrial city
Samuel Alexander and Brendan Gleeson57
Place and Community
Our Local Funeral Parlour
When development threatened a marker of place and community
Rachel Coghlan63
Review Essay
Decolonisation or Redemption?
The one-state solution: Unsilencing Gaza, by Sara Roy, and Decolonizing Israel, Liberating Palestine, by Jeff Halper
Christopher Wise75
Farmers or Hunter-Gatherers? The Dark Emu Debate, by Peter Sutton and Keryn Walshe
Richard Davis80
Withdrawing and Unmaking
The Unconstructable Earth, by Frédéric Neyrat
Melinda Hinkson84
Why Crime Is Declining
Grazyna Zajdow88
Among the Shades
Where the Water Ends, by Zoe Hollman
Robert DiNapoli91

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