Counterpunch. 4 February, 2019: Is Politics Getting Worse, Or Are We Getting a Better Handle on How Bad It Has Always Been?
Neoliberalistan. 5 November, 2018: Moral panic as an election strategy
The Shovel. 17 July, 2018: Winner Of US Election Meets With Donald Trump In Helsinki
Counterpunch. 23 May, 2018: A Faustian Bargain with the Climate Crisis
Libcom. 29 March, 2018: The role of the left in the rise of far-right populism
New Matilda. 4 January, 2018: Media Hype, Imaginary Hobgoblins: Malcolm And Peter’s Politics Of Moral Panic
Counterpunch. 10 November, 2017: The Perpetual Victimhood of Privilege
Counterpunch. 25 August, 2017: The Predictable Casualties of Counter-Terrorism
Counterpunch. 9 June, 2017: The Paranoid Style of Counter-Terrorism
Medium.com. 25 April, 2017: Trump and Ur-Fascism
Counterpunch. 10 April, 2017: It’s Freedom White Phosphorus, Damn Commies
Counterpunch. 24 March, 2017: Outrage from the Imperial Playbook
Counterpunch. Vol 24, No. 2: Refugees vs. Climate Change: Worthy vs. Unworthy Victims
Counterpunch. 16 March, 2017: The Paradox of Identity Politics
New Matilda. 26 February, 2017: The Short Sell: Penalty Rates, Reaganomics and the ‘Jobs Motive’
Medium.com. 26 February, 2017: The Promise of Post-Capitalist Unionism
Medium.com. 2 January, 2017: Revolutions and the reproduction of injustice
Medium.com. 18 November, 2016: Competitive individualism: a critique
Counterpunch. 14 November, 2016: Adolf Hitler: A Political Archetype of the Dunning-Kruger Effect
Medium.com. 12 November, 2016: Adolf Hitler: A Political Archetype of the Dunning-Kruger Effect
Counterpunch. 9 November, 2016: Death Rattle Politics
Counterpunch. 2 September, 2016: Mental Illness is Not to Blame for Terrorism
Counterpunch. 26 August, 2016: The Swimsuit That Overthrew the State
Counterpunch. 19 August, 2016: Worthy and Unworthy Victims of Child Abuse
Counterpunch. 5 August, 2016: Sorry Hillary, Voting for the Lesser of Two Evils is Textbook Blame-Shifting
Counterpunch. 20 July, 2016: 80 Years Ago This Week Economic Democracy Was (Briefly) a Thing
Counterpunch. 24 June, 2016: Homophobia and the Conservative Victim Complex
Arena. #142, Winter 2016: ‘Scum of the Earth’: People Smugglers in Myth and Reality
Counterpunch. 14 June, 2016: Why is Hate Crime Terrorism?
Morning Star (UK). 31 May, 2016: The Hip Hop Underground is in Safe Zombie Hands
Counterpunch. 29 April, 2016: Kush Zombies: QELD’s Hat Tip to Old School Hip Hop
Counterpunch. 25 March, 2016: Bin Laden Won the War on Terror.
Counterpunch. 11 March, 2016: Therapeutic Psychodrama as Campaign Strategy.
Counterpunch. 25 February, 2016: Kill the Poor.
Arena. #140, Summer 2015-16: Halal Hysteria
Isocracy. 25 January, 2016: On the Continuing Prevalence of Racism.
Counterpunch. 14 December, 2015: The Language of Moral Panic: “Radicalization” vs. “Extremism”.
Counterpunch. 7 December, 2015: On Being the Gatekeeper of Your Own Nightmares.
Counterpunch. 16 November, 2015: After Paris You’re Meant to Hate Refugees.
Counterpunch. November, 2015: The Political Economy of Scapegoating.
Counterpunch. 8 October, 2015: Trump, Guns and Mental Illness.
Counterpunch. 2-4 October, 2015: Zombies on a Runaway Train.
Counterpunch. 22 August, 2015: Modern Newspeak Dictionary III.
Counterpunch. 31 July, 2015: Modern Newspeak Dictionary II.
Counterpunch. 22 July, 2015: Modern Newspeak Dictionary.
Overland. 2 July, 2015. Witches, Terrorists and the ABC.
Counterpunch. 29 June, 2015: Tony Abbott’s Australia: Madness or Design?
Counterpunch. 8-10 May, 2015: Drug Trafficking and the Politics of Vengenace
Overland. 9 April, 2015. Hockey’s Entitlement Issues.
Counterpunch. 27-29 March, 2015: Collapse, A Foregone Conclusion
Bendebney.info. 30 March, 2015: Whiteness: The Great National Safety Valve
Bendebney.info 30 March, 2015: How ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ is a Great Metaphor for the US Response to the 9-11 Attacks, Amongst Other Things
Bendebney.info. 7 October, 2014: Panic Hiding in Plain Sight: The Terror Scare
Bendebney.info 25 September, 2014: Crises Worthy and Otherwise: Terror Scare vs. Climate Change
2015. Ships in the Night
2015. Render Unto the Beast
The Booger Peril: A History of Things to Come: A history book falls through a wormhole from the future. It describes a moral panic that develops over immigrants from outer space after Earth makes contactwith aliens (or as I like to call them, ‘space terrorists’).
The Domestic Peril: The Radical Alien and the Rise of Corporate Americanism, 1912 – 1919: In the years preceding the First World War, corporate propaganda in the United States weighed in against the menace of the ?radical alien,’ said to be a clear and present threat to American freedoms. This propaganda blamed strikes and other manifestations of class antagonism on unassimilated immigrants, who it claimed were, at best, vulnerable to peddlers of ?un-American’ unionism, and, at worst, importers of the ?alien’ ideologies upon which organised labour was said to be founded. This thesis argues that, in reaction to the Lawrence Strike of 1912, composed mostly of foreign-born workers and led by the hated Industrial Workers of the World, big business manipulated half-truths through propaganda to develop the mythology of the ?radical alien,’ responding to the perceived peril with the movement to ?Americanise’ the immigrant. Under the guise of providing lessons in English and Civics, this movement functioned to neutralise the threat of union militancy on the part of foreign-born workers by indoctrinating them in Corporate Americanist civic orthodoxies.