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Christchurch, the White Victim Complex and Savage Capitalism

The Christchurch atrocity is a result of the scapegoating dynamic of savage capitalism, built on a white victim complex refusing to acknowledge any difference between respecting other cultures and the death of the Self.

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Is Politics Getting Worse, Or Are We Getting a Better Handle on How Bad It Has Always Been?

In assessing the present condition of things, the endemic corruption and open hostility on the part of our alleged representatives to the needs and concerns of the mass of the population, the question tends increasingly to revolve around whether politics is getting worse, or whether we are just getting a…

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Leave None Behind LP

Released this one in 2018 and totally forgot to post about it anywhere at the time.

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Reclaim the Future

I have successfully pitched and am writing a book that argues for a meaningful response to the climate crisis in terms of the truism from Einstein to the effect that ‘we can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.’ As currently set…

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New EP ‘Cluster B’

Proud to announce the release of my new EP ‘Cluster B.’

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Posted in Academic moral panics Writing

New Amazon Kindle eBook! ‘On Becoming What We Claim to Oppose: The Unwanted Lessons of the Russian Revolution’

Just published an ebook on Amazon Kindle: ‘The centenary of the Russian Revolution of October 1917 represents a unique moment for historical remembrance and celebration, the event in question a momentous episode in the history of working class struggle and a beacon of hope for anyone who has ever dared…

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Media Hype, Imaginary Hobgoblins: Malcolm And Peter’s Politics Of Moral Panic

Homelessness? Housing unaffordability? Domestic violence epidemic? Growing income inequality? Climate change? Support for renewables? Nope. Apparently the main issue confronting the Victorian state election later in the year will be african youth gangs. Sat up to the very wee small hours of the morning writing up a piece on the…

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New EP: Faustian Bargain Hunt

Have just finished a new EP, ‘Faustian Bargain Hunt.’ It features ‘Fuck the TSA (If You’re Molesting People, the Terrorists Have Already Won)’ inspired by my recent soujourn in the land of the fee and home of the slave.  Tracklisting 1. Fuck the TSA (If You’re Molesting People, the Terrorists…

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The Scare Cycle: Moral Panics and National Elections

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  

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New LP ‘Easy Listening Apocalypse’

I’m proud to present my latest LP ‘Easy Listening Apocalypse.’ Listen Free download

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Crises Worthy and Otherwise: Terror Scare vs. Climate Change

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…

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Historical Nature versus Nature in General: Capitalism in the Web of Life

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.

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The Short Sell: Penalty Rates, Reaganomics and the ‘Jobs Motive’

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/

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The Yellow Peril: The Chinese Scapegoat on the Goldfields as Ideological Safety Valve

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…

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The Booger Peril

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.info/theboogerperil

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I think after almost 20 years I finally made sense of Mulholland Drive

I think Mulholland Drive is a movie about how Hollywood seduces and destroys people. Betty (Naomi Watts character) is actually Diane Selwyn—Betty is a representation of her hokey internal self-image. So are the two seniors she arrives in LA with, who represent her naive dreams of fame and fortune and…

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Mixtape CD

Have released a mix CD containing tracks from my last 4 bandcamp releases. Streaming and downloading are king now, but you’re not a legit artist until you have music on plastic; gotta love those double standards. Well I had fun putting it together anyway so naysayers be damned.

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Q&A Tweets

I collect Q&A tweets using my twitter account (periodically renamed due to OCD tendencies). In rough order: Two in one night (18 March 2018)  

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iTunes / Google Play / Amazon / Spotify

Discovered Discokid! They rule!

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