Tag: United States

Alan Roberts Prize Essay: The Limits of Science Communication

Chloe Ward

25 Feb 2021

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...

Fuelling ‘The China Threat’

The new moral panic about ‘the China threat’, and the comparative indifference in Australia about significantly more intrusive forms of foreign interference by the United States and the United Kingdom, for example, is orientalist and often racist: China is not a member of the Western club, so it is suspect.

When betrayal dresses up as patriotism

Arena Online

Ali Kazak

20 Aug 2020

The US, Israeli and Emirati tripartite declaration of normalisation of relations ... has nothing to do with solving the Palestine question or helping to promote peace in the Middle East, and everything to do … with supporting US president Donald Trump’s campaign to win a second term in office as well as boosting Benjamin Netanyahu’s hold on power…

Trump as political calculator, narcissism as design for living

For Trump, it is better to bring the whole country down than to experience the private horror show that would be his lot if he were to be publicly rejected in the forthcoming election.

Quietly Sacrificing the North? US Marines’ COVID-19 Exemption

Rather than taking a ‘fingers-crossed, let’s-hope-there’s-no-human-error’ gamble on quarantine measures, it would be far safer to prevent US marines from coming to Australia from COVID-19 hot spots.

The Dismissal: The Beginning of the Era of Total Surveillance

The Kerr–Palace letters have turned attention back to the role of the Queen and British power in the sacking of the Whitlam government. But the dismissal was really the beginning of a new type of US power, linked to total surveillance, with Sir John Kerr as its willing accomplice.

Editorial: Speaking Power to Truth: Trump’s Contradictory Strength and the Possibility of a Coup

Flash forward a few months into the very near future and imagine a moment when Trump, having to face up to an election, thinks it might just be better not to have one.

American Dream

Not just precarity but destitution threatens under conditions of COVID, and especially in the United States it threatens people of colour.

Sub-Imperial State: Australian Dirty Work

The instruments of statecraft, as exposed by Brian Toohey and Bernard Collaery, are wielded in the interests of those with real power: elite elements in the private sector and the US national-security state, which defends a global order protective of its interests.

Why don’t American blacks “know they’ve got it good”?

Kelly and Sheridan are inclined to have it that the reason for the US protests is in part anguish (over disadvantage) but largely the result of a fashion in political identification: identity politics and the fracturing of the polity/society into incommensurate groupings that refuse to identify with the whole.

Unmasked: Face-work in a Pandemic

The vehemence of debates, especially in the United States, over whether to mask or unmask indicates that far more is at stake than simple infection control.

American–Iranian Enmity

Trump’s regional strategies are being undermined by Iran’s new alliances