If the past can be reduced to the failings of an individual, the complicity of an entire culture and its participation in that individual’s misdeeds need never come under scrutiny. – Sardar, Nandy and Davies, Barbaric Others The centenary of the Russian Revolution of October 1917 represents a unique moment for historical remembrance and celebrated, … Continue reading
Have an article on moral panics and national election cycles in the latest issue of Arena Journal, No 47/48: ‘The Scare Cycle.’ Order your copy and/or subscribe at the journal website: http://arena.org.au/arena-journal-contents-pages/ #neveradmitfailure #inventbogeymen #scapegoattheweak #keepthepeasantsterrified #historyrepeats #politicsasusual #auspolitics
I’m proud to present my latest LP ‘Future Classics of K-Tel.’ Besides being a potentially record breaking form of procrastination from my doctoral research, ‘Future Classics of K-Tel’ features experimental hip hop beats with dub, dancehall reggae and dnb influences. Partly because I like hip hop and partly because I haven’t figured out how to … Continue reading
Donald Trump began his ﬁrst week in oﬃce by fulﬁlling his campaign pledge to declare a ban on immigration from predominantly Muslim countries he associates with terrorism—Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, though he neglected to name a single country where he has business interests. The ban has since been blocked in the … Continue reading
Have a new academic piece in the latest edition of Capitalism Nature Socialism, a review essay built around Jason W. Moore’s excellent Capitalism in the Web of Life (Verso). Access it via Academia.edu here.
The recent decision to cut penalty rates in Australia is another step towards widening the gap between rich and poor, writes Ben Debney. https://newmatilda.com/2017/02/26/the-short-sell-penalty-rates-reaganomics-and-the-jobs-motive/
The Sleeper Must Awaken LP Hensley Stout Recordings 2017 hensleystout001 https://ites.bandcamp.com
https://www.academia.edu/28916965/The_Terror_Scare_War_on_Terror_Mythology_and_Moral_Panic ‘Moral judgment about the historical events with which War on Terror narratives have become associated has become implicit in the mere act of referring to them. As a result of the currency it has gained through widespread usage in the mass media, irrespective of its patent lack of objectivity, usage of the proper noun … Continue reading
This is the text of a paper I presented at the Australian History Association annual conference ‘Boom to Bust,’ organized in conjunction with Federation University, in Ballarat, Victoria, in July 2016. Abstract. This paper will look at moral panics over the presence of Chinese diggers on the Victorian goldfields and examine the commonalities between anti-Chinese … Continue reading
Latest piece in Arena #142 on the demonisation of people smugglers as yet another form of xenophobia. Click here to read. When you’re done, subscribe
@Piece in Arena Magazine; text is an edited version of a talk I gave on ‘Halal Certification: The Muslim Scapegoating and the National Safety Valve’ at the “Muslim Question,” Citizenship and Racism Symposium run by Deakin in December 2015. Here’s the first page; if you like the rest go buy the magazine!
Book review: George Morgan and Scott Poynting (eds) (2013) Global Islamophobia: Muslims and Moral Panic in the West.
Have self-published a novel. ‘A moral panic erupts on Earth over immigrants from another planet, who begin arriving after humanity makes contact with aliens from outer space (or as I like to call them, ‘space terrorists’). The more things change, the more they stay the same. bendebney.com/theboogerperil
‘The Political Economy of Scapegoating’: New article by yours truly in the print version of Counterpunch. https://www.academia.edu/17643705/The_Political_Economy_of_Scapegoating