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Leninism as Conservatism: The Russian Revolution and the Lessons of History

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

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  

New LP ‘Future Classics of K-Tel’

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

Ali MC @ Federation Square

A bit of my handiwork on display on the big screen at Federation Square. Props to Ali McKeich for highlighting the human rights abuses of the Rohingya in Burma. Check out http://www.alimc.com.au for more info.

Trumpylvania EP @ Beat

My last EP got a write up in Beat Magazine! You can check that out here. Click on the image to check out the Trumpylvania EP:

The day Margaret Thatcher called Nelson Mandela a terrorist

‘A considerable number of the ANC leaders are Communists… When the ANC says that they will target British companies, this shows what a typical terrorist organisation it is. I fought terrorism all my life… I will have nothing to do with any organisation that practises violence.’ – Margaret Thatcher, Vancouver 1987. Nek minnit: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF00230865?LI=true

‘The Sleeper Must Awaken’ LP available now at iTunes, Google Play

Got my ‘The Sleeper Must Awaken’ LP up at iTunes, Google Play and elsewhere. Check it out!

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 since been blocked in the … Continue reading

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.

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/

The Sleeper Must Awaken LP

The Sleeper Must Awaken LP Hensley Stout Recordings 2017 hensleystout001 https://ites.bandcamp.com

New mixes

Working on some new mixes of tunes in prep for mastering; feel free to have a listen.

New tune! Trumpylvania (demo)

Was digging around on my hard drive for something the other night and found an old tune I made a decade ago and never uploaded to Soundclound. Gave it a quick name change and did just that! Enjoy 🙂  

New Dub City – Urban Cleansing (2016)

New Dub City frontman Ali MC has teamed up with a host of international producers to drop the heaviest album from the collective yet – Urban Cleansing. The fourth album to be released on Ali MC’s own label Raspect Records, Urban Cleansing is a collection of bass heavy remixes of global beats and tribal rhythms … Continue reading

Letter to Australian senators re. proposed lifetime ban on asylum seekers entering Australia

(The proposed lifetime ban on asylum seekers entering Australia has passed the lower house. You too can email cross-bench senators without even getting out of bed! * senator.hinch[at]aph.gov.au … (03) 9820 2222 * senator.lambie[at]aph.gov.au … (03) 6431 2233 * senator.xenophon[at]aph.gov.au … (08) 8232 1144 * senator.kakoschke-moore[at]aph.gov.au … (08) 8232 0220 * senator.leyonhjelm[at]aph.gov.au … (02) 9719 … Continue reading