Fixing the cost-of-living crisis
Ben Hillier

Australian workers’ living standards declined by about $800 last year and will go backwards by another $2,000 in the first half of this year, according to the Australian Council of Trade Unions. If current trends continue, workers will be $4,000 worse off by Christmas.

Bukharin's theory of imperialism
Bukharin's theory of imperialism
Ben Hillier

Why is war, or the threat of it, a permanent feature of our society? The most common answers point to contingencies – the psychology of particular world leaders, for example, or the specific gains to a company to be made from a conflict. Alternatively, they rely on universal claims that religion causes eternal strife or that conflict is part of our human nature. Battles between groups and states predate capitalism, and the reasons for particular wars are often complex and dependent on specific circumstances.

What Karl Marx discovered in the woods
What Marx discovered in the woods
Ben Hillier

Karl Marx became a radical in his teenage years, but in his early 20s wanted to be an academic. Yet his mistreatment by the authorities and exposure to the plight of local peasants pushed him in the direction of communism, writes Ben Hillier.

Five lessons from the pandemic
Ben Hillier

The world has been turned on its head during the pandemic, and there is no end in sight to COVID-19. While the future remains unclear, the last two years have furnished us with many lessons about the nature of our society. Here are five things we’ve learned.

The COVID crisis is class war
Ben Hillier

In the last month, the coronavirus in Australia has claimed nearly 300 lives. More than 5,000 are currently hospitalised. Three-quarters of a million officially have been infected (an undercount), thousands of whom may suffer long-term disability.

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