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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 federal government’s sleazy, vile … 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.


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

Summary: Terrorism and the State: A Critique of Domination Through Fear

William Purdue conducts a survey of terrorism in a variety of forms, though differing from mainstream studies of terrorism insofar as, rather than focusing on terrorism from below, he focuses on terrorism from above, on official state terrorism. In so doing he argues that official state terrorism is far more pervasive and destructive than the … Continue reading

How Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a Great Metaphor for the US Response to 9/11, Amongst Other Things

The 2014 remake of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is a great movie. It also features a sequence which, from the point of view of the history of international relations, provides a surprisingly accurate metaphor for the use of moral panics as instruments of statecraft. In this particular sequence we see two processes … Continue reading