‘Orthodoxy, Autocracy, and Nationality’: Putin’s Remaking of Imperial Russia

Russia is better viewed as a ‘subaltern Empire in a Eurocentric world’.

I-Me-My-Mine: The Expansion of Mental Health and Individualisation

This pre-occupation with my hurts, my dreams, my entitlements—with the organizing principle that I am, and should be treated as, special—is the garden bed into which the du jour varietal ‘have regard for your mental health’ has been planted.

Climate Wars Out West

The climate wars seem bound to intensify, given that the systemic transformation needed to address our climate and ecological crises is not on offer. At the grassroots of the climate movement, activists are preparing to fight.

Biloela and the return of hope. Can we end the politics of fear now?

This much-welcomed and greatly needed gesture will only signal the start of a genuinely post-Morrison/Dutton immigration regime if the ALP grows some real humanitarian backbone and risks a serious political struggle with Dutton over the principles of human compassion.

‘Not a Politician’s Politician’: Remembering Moss Cass

Dr Moss Cass (1927–2022), former Labor politician and minister in the Whitlam government, was farewelled at a State Memorial last Monday. Flags atop government buildings were set at half-mast, and […]

Intellectuals and Social Being

Marx makes many references to how ideas are related to a social basis, but Sohn-Rethel regards it of great significance that science escapes this focus.  Elaborating no social basis for scientific ideas allows them to stand alone as essentials to be simply taken for granted, their source and social formation unquestioned.

What Did East Timor Do To Deserve Us?

Binoy Kampmark

9 Jun 2022

Even on the eve of East Timorese independence, Australian establishment forces around the pro-Jakarta lobby rallied with monochromatic consistency.

The election and the teals: the new social liberalism in a knowledge society

This is not only a new development in Australia, but in the anglosphere Westminster system, and it should not be underestimated or misunderstood.

The Moralism of Immoralism: On the Cultural Logic of ‘Sky After Dark’

The whole formation is woven through with odd, repurposed fragments of Marxist class analysis and theories of ideology.

Love in the time of COVID

Monotonous days flew by, and "today" became an impossible word, "today" stuck in her throat worse than an undigested D.H. Lawrence novel.

The UK–Rwanda Refugee Deal: Modelling Fortress Australia

Unfortunately for those who still believe in the merits of international human rights laws, the Australian model, revised for European application, is bound to become ever more popular for populists and reactionaries. 

The IPCRESS File: The Spectator and the Faux Rebellion of Neoliberal Identity Politics

...multiple points of identification are being offered to align with current demands of supposedly multi-cultural, neoliberal niche-marketing. This however subverts genuine representations and generates a number of anachronisms.

Chile: Dismantling the Dictatorship

Rodrigo Acuña

16 May 2022

In Australia Chilean activists and researchers will continue to press to declassify the archive, which would reveal the extent of Canberra’s intelligence activities in helping to overthrow a democratically elected government at the behest of Washington.

Gentle Creatures: Brisbane’s bush stone curlews in the shadow of extinction

Dean Biron

16 May 2022

Now it is the curlew that crouches like a ghost in the shadows of all of those lost creatures, waiting for that future time when it too will exist only in photographs or behind museum glass.

As Politics Narrows, Divisions Deepen: A Note of the Election and the Left

Should Labor come to power on 21 May, the Left will have to think carefully about the terms in which it frames its opposition to what is sure to be a disappointing government.

Exposure: COVID and the long, cold winter of the American homeless

If biopolitics is power that is realised through the organisation of how people live, then necropolitical power is realised through dictating the limits of who gets to live and who dies.