We must challenge neoliberalism politically and economically

Jordan Humphreys I share many of Mark Jennings’ criticisms of Richard Denniss’ claim that neoliberalism is essentially dead. He points out weaknesses in Denniss’ arguments, particularly about the relationship between state intervention and market forces in neoliberal ideology and practice, and about neolib...CONTINUE READING

Foucault’s History of Sexuality

Jordan Humphreys Why should socialists care about Foucault’s History of Sexuality? He is, after all, widely promoted as the bald-headed and turtle-necked prophet of postmodernism, long the pseudo-radical arch rival to Marxism in the halls of academia. In his writings, many a smug first year social theory s...CONTINUE READING

Trump wants a wall, but Australia’s current border regime is worse

Jordan Humphreys The government’s proposal to ban any refugee sent to an offshore detention centre after 19 July 2013 from ever entering Australia is the latest move designed to further grind into the dirt those seeking asylum. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, politicians and bureaucrats we...CONTINUE READING

Spread Aussie torture, Turnbull tells UN

Jordan Humphreys “We need to see the world clear eyed as it is, not as we would like it to be, or as we fondly imagine it once was. Secure borders are essential. Porous borders drain away public support for multiculturalism, for immigration, for aid to refugees.” This is how Malcolm Turnbull tried to defen...CONTINUE READING

Police swarm in Sydney

Jordan Humphreys Sydney has never been a stranger to large numbers of police. In the last several years, however, their presence has blown out to an obscene level. On streets and highways, train carriages and bus stops, music festivals and sporting events, the various forces of “law and order” are swarming...CONTINUE READING

Sydney’s new Northern Beaches hospital to be privately owned

Jordan Humphreys For years, residents of the Northern Beaches in Sydney have been promised a new hospital. The Northern Beaches Hospital Plan now on the table is being driven by the needs of conservative politicians and private business interests. Rather than building a new public institution to help the s...CONTINUE READING

More jobs axed at Australia Post

Jordan Humphreys Australia Post announced on 26 June that it will seek at least 1,900 voluntary redundancies from staff over the next three years. These job losses are the latest phase in a major restructure that current CEO Ahmed Fahour has made the cornerstone of his business strategy. Also part of Fahou...CONTINUE READING

Hope amid the horror

Jordan Humphreys While regional governments responded to Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees by closing borders, working people showed that there is hope amid the horror. When news of the stranded refugees reached Tamiang, in Aceh, locals sprang into action. A network of fishers organised by Muhammad Hendra,...CONTINUE READING

Macquarie University sues for control of student union

Jordan Humphreys Macquarie University has taken seven students to court in an attempt to wind down the postgraduate student union and claim its finances. The Macquarie University Postgraduate Representative Association (MUPRA) has faced a long campaign of lies from the university, but the dispute escalated...CONTINUE READING