The forging of Australian nationalism

It took quite a struggle for Australia’s rulers to forge a national identity. The nation state, an institutional superstructure aimed at providing an administrative framework for capitalism, had to be built . During the 1890s , as referenda about the idea of federation went on, most people...CONTINUE READING
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The global economic crisis and political polarisation

Tom Bramble When the US property market began to sink in 2007, few people foresaw what was about to transpire. The US financial system, which had built up huge stocks of debt gambling on the residential property market, began to totter. A string of banks went into liquidation. In late 2008, the crisis...CONTINUE READING

Marx: a rebel for our times

Louise O’Shea The work of a capitalist ideologue is never done. No quantity of academic volumes, measured by the tonne in most university libraries and representing hours of weighty contemplation, has so far proved sufficient to relegate Marxism to the realm of quaint obscurity. In what must have conser...CONTINUE READING

The social role of the ‘Australian dream’

Ben Hillier Private residential property is one of the most important institutions of Australian capitalism. It geographically atomises the working class and structurally underpins the family. It is a means of discipline and exploitation through mortgage debt. It is a site of capital investment and sp...CONTINUE READING

Curiosities for the crisis

Rjurik Davidson Rjurik Davidson , author of Unwrapped Sky (Tor, 2014) and the forthcoming The Stars Askew , gives his recommendations for summer reading and viewing. ---------- What to do for summer? As in the last couple of years, I’ve put together some suggestions for books to read and films to watch. T...CONTINUE READING

The Weipa strike: when 75 workers took on a mining giant

Carl Jackson When my plane dips below the clouds, the red earth and harsh scrub of Cape York come into view. I’m travelling to the small mining town of Weipa, situated on the Gulf of Carpentaria in far north Queensland. Just metres below the topsoil are some of the world’s largest known deposits of bau...CONTINUE READING

The crimes of French imperialism

Liz Walsh “The home of freedom has been assaulted by terrorists determined to attack and suppress freedom.” – Malcolm Turnbull on the Paris attacks. France should not be synonymous with the word “freedom”. As with all colonial empires, its history is soaked with the blood of oppressed peoples across...CONTINUE READING

The forging of Australian imperialism

Tom O’Lincoln Tom O’Lincoln gives an overview of Australia’s imperialist history, and explains why governments have been so keen to send the military to overseas conflicts, in extracts from his recently released book, The neighbour from hell: two centuries of Australian imperialism . ---------- “Another...CONTINUE READING

Joe Hill: ‘I die like a true rebel. Don’t waste any time mourning, organise!’

Katie Wood A century ago, US authorities murdered one of the country’s most beloved working class poets and songwriters, Joe Hill. He was framed for murder in Salt Lake City, Utah, and shot by firing squad on 19 November 1915, in the midst of a nationwide campaign against the revolutionary labour org...CONTINUE READING