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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 to dream of a basically … Continue reading

Maybe there was no collusion. What if there was?

    Gary Leupp, who has written good material in the past for Counterpunch, asks ‘What if there was no collusion?’ The entire point of the Mueller investigation, Leupp alleges, ‘has been to unite people around an anti-Russia, anti-Putin line, and view “Russian ties” as inherently suspicious, the better to isolate and topple a president … Continue reading

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 federal government’s sleazy, vile and … 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  

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

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.

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

Working paper: The Terror Scare: War on Terror Mythology and Moral Panic

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

The Gliewitz Case and the Moral Panic that Started WWII

We all know that Hitler started World War II by invading Belgium, provoking a military response from England and France. What relative few have investigated however is the way that Hitler sold the invasion to his own people from the perspective of propaganda. When we look at what he actually did, the results are surprising, … Continue reading

@ International Journal of Crime, Justice & Social Democracy | Book Review

Book review: George Morgan and Scott Poynting (eds) (2013) Global Islamophobia: Muslims and Moral Panic in the West.  

@ Counterpunch | The Oldest Trick in the Book

‘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

Book review: Global Islamophobia

Have written a book review of George Morgan & Scott Poynting, eds, Global Islamophobia: Muslims and Moral Panic in the West for the upcoming edition of the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy from QUT. As it happens it’s my first academic publication. You can access the review here.

Counterpunch 

Got a new article up on Counterpunch, Collapse: A Foregone Conclusion. Read it here: http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/03/27/collapse-a-foregone-conclusion/

Deakin HDR Summer School poster

Been working on this for the last 4-6 weeks. Every image and feature was a separate Photoshop layer, which made the Mac shit itself in new and unexpected ways on more than one occasion. Stood up to an A0 image being worked on at 300dpi by a mental case like yours truly in the end … Continue reading

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