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

Short Stories

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.



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