The Waxing and Waning of Family Therapy: From the collectivism of 70s therapy to neoliberal individualism today

Set in a fine hotel in legacy southern Italy, the July 2023 conference had a title that said come-over-here-and-take-a-look-at-this!: ‘Family Therapy—The Road that Connects Individual and Social Resources. This was linked to the Assisi Manifesto, a statement prominently set out in the pre-conference publicity and conference program. The credo began: ‘Family therapy champions the family […]

Atop Corbera D’Ebre: Memorialising the Spanish Civil War

What memorials and resistance to them illustrate is that neither historical memory nor historical amnesia is ever complete. Shadows of events always exist, and what is a show of power, as in the case of Poble Vell, in one period may in another be a vivid reminder of resistance.

The Dragon Takes a Slow Dance: China’s new development model, global shifts, and how the pundits get it wrong

Common prosperity means the political leadership ‘calling the tune that corporations dance to, rather than the other way around’.

After the Inferno: Mental health, children and families in the wake of the pandemic

The crippling anxiety, depression, attentional and other difficulties of the populace constitute real limits, of the sort that arise when something is lacking symbolically.

Depreciating the Real: The Never-Ending Disappointment of AI

In this world of depersonalised narcissism, shaped by a uniform corporate directive and the imperative of comfort, convenience and consumption, it would be quite sensible to lose trust in reality.

Ukraine’s Borderline Disorder: How Ukraine’s bizarre internal politics created a European war

Ever since 2014, radical economic liberals have been in charge of economic policy, and radical ethnocentrist nationalists given crucial positions in the police and army.

From Small Things Grow

Through the perspectives of key participants, this book tells the story of how the communities of a sprawling Victorian regional electorate initiated a movement that would transform Australian politics.

History and Ancestry: On the collective imagination of our past

Harnessing the widely held belief of identity being connected to ancestry might well have the potential to break the spell of the triumphalist version of our history and hopefully others will follow in its wake.

Shark Menace: Nets and perceptions of fear/risk

It was not a misunderstanding of the natural world and its hazards, but an understanding of the public: an understanding that fear can outweigh data, and that a token act of protection would be enough.

Climate Conference in the Hottest Year, Again: Australia’s Bid to Host COP31

This year we are once more witnesses to grand pledges in the hundreds of millions and saccharine self-adulation that rarely has any cause for celebration—but sometimes there are also breakthroughs.

Editorial: Gaza and the Unspeakable

If this disarticulation of founding story and psychological investment doesn’t occur, what hope is there for Palestinians? But what hope for Israeli Jews too?

Fusion Edgelords: Climate-Energy Futures at COP28

Fusion is both thirty years away and will always be thirty years away, and that disappointment needs to be constantly massaged.

The Elusiveness of Young Donald

Here we were amid the postmodern Kosovo poets and deluxe BDSM photoessay collections, permanently waiting to realise our potential, a ‘lucky country, of second rate men, who share its luck’.

Rubbing/Loving: Do Ho Suh at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Suh invite us to rethink the relationship between structure and agency, and in a novel way that neither romanticises the disadvantaged position of the subjects of capitalism nor absolutises the structure that these same subjects have constituted.

Dogecoin Milei Argentina: Populism, anarcho-capitalism, cryptomagic and the world after growth

What greater, fearless, audacious commitment to freedom could one man have, but that he would let the willing dismemberment of the poor be drawn into the cash nexus? Surely, if we are now offering the ritual carving up of humans, the Gods of the Market will finally, finally return explosive growth to us?

Critical Attitudes to Israeli Colonialism and the Diversity of Nazi Victims in Popular Culture

In support of Israeli exceptionalism, the reality of the eugenicist Nazi regime and the diversity of its victims have been re-spun as purely anti-Semitic.