A modest proposal on espionage law

Allen Myers ASIO director general Duncan Lewis, supporting the government’s “espionage” bill, has told a parliamentary committee that journalists should not be exempted from 20-year sentences for revealing government lies that the liars have classified as “secret”. Journalism, Lewis said, provides an...CONTINUE READING

Robots and volunteers: a letter to George Monbiot

Allen Myers Dear George Monbiot, I found very interesting your 7 February column in the Guardian on the robotisation of work, occasioned by Amazon’s new patent for a wristband that can track what workers are doing throughout their shift. I agree with your observation, “Digital Taylorism, splitting int...CONTINUE READING

Too right, Malcolm, let’s sell more death

Allen Myers Well it’s about time Australian capitalists increased their profits from the business of killing people. For too long, countries such as the United States and Russia have dominated the global arms trade, gaining many of the fringe benefits of wars, peace-keeping operations and other euphem...CONTINUE READING

Capitalism? Yes, let’s have a trial

Allen Myers In announcing his long-avoided royal commission into banking, Malcolm Turnbull said that “it will not put capitalism on trial”. What a shame! Not that anyone would seriously expect the Turnbull government to do anything useful, but a new trial of capitalism is long overdue. I say “new tria...CONTINUE READING

What the energy ‘debate’ can teach us about economics

Allen Myers If, like me, you’ve forced yourself to read the accounts of the energy “debate” between the parliamentary parties and between the federal and state governments, you might have noticed something: virtually all of the discussion revolves around whether any particular measure, or the discussi...CONTINUE READING

McMahon moments and Australian media

Allen Myers Liberal treasurer, later prime minister, William McMahon was admired for his apparently encyclopaedic knowledge of the Australian economy, being able to quote pages of statistics on the spur of the moment during debates in parliament. Only years later was it revealed that McMahon simply ma...CONTINUE READING

McMahon moments and Australian media

Allen Myers Liberal treasurer, later prime minister, William McMahon was admired for his apparently encyclopaedic knowledge of the Australian economy, being able to quote pages of statistics on the spur of the moment during debates in parliament. Only years later was it revealed that McMahon simply ma...CONTINUE READING

Let’s not hear it for detente

Allen Myers I agree with Corey Oakley’s criticism (Red Flag 99) of the fixation of most US liberals on the suspected collaboration between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential election campaign, which has been amplified by the Trump-Putin meetings in Hamburg. This focus distracts fro...CONTINUE READING

Pauline, go to the bottom of the class

Allen Myers Pauline Hanson has kept her name in the news by saying that children with autism or other disabilities should be taught in separate classrooms. In a speech whose syntax would have disqualified her for citizenship if the government’s planned English proficiency test were in effect, Hanson s...CONTINUE READING