The beginning of the end for identity politics?

Daniel Lopez In 2015, Rachel Dolezal, who had for years passed as Black, was exposed as having Caucasian parents. She was accused of blackface and epitomising white privilege. Unsurprisingly, she was ruined. In a recent autobiography, she defined herself as “transracial”. The feminist journal Hypatia t...CONTINUE READING

Trump’s victory and the ignoble death of ‘progressive’ neoliberalism

Daniel Lopez Trump’s victory marks the defeat of “progressive” neoliberalism. The astonishment and dismay at his victory show that the basis for this defeat was laid a long time ago. It wasn’t Trump who was disconnected from reality, but the political establishment, the A-list, the media and inner city...CONTINUE READING

Modern day Rasputins

Daniel Lopez In 2010, the Sydney-based firm BBY was ranked fourth largest stockbroker in Australia. On average, it traded $150 million per day. Five years later, the company went into voluntary liquidation, owing clients about $61 million. An investigation into BBY has discovered that its insolvency we...CONTINUE READING

Vultures circling over multicultural Melbourne market

Daniel Lopez The suburb where I grew up, North Watsonia, wasn’t much of a cultural hub. Aside from the milk bar and local park, about the only place to go was Greensborough Plaza. If you’ve never been, you aren’t missing out. It’s the same as every other shopping mall in the country. But Saturday morni...CONTINUE READING

Politicians are not good people

Daniel Lopez Events in the UK over the last week have made me realise that politicians are just not good people. Take the debate in the British parliament over the future of the UK’s nuclear weapons program, “Trident”. The British parliament is hardly a bastion of upstanding moral forthrightness. Who c...CONTINUE READING

Nice, Dallas, Baghdad and Orlando

Daniel Lopez At least 80 people have been killed in an attack in Nice, France. As of Friday, it appears that a single attacker rammed a truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day on Thursday night. At the time of writing, world leaders have not pronounced at length and most opinion pieces have not bee...CONTINUE READING

La Trobe: be the difference (and be fired)

Daniel Lopez If you walk towards the La Trobe library from carpark seven, you will be greeted by a bleak field bearing a lonely “No Ball Games” sign. Ahead looms the brown façade of the social sciences building. In recent months, the view has been adorned with a towering red banner bearing the message:...CONTINUE READING

The Department of Immigration and the Third Reich

Daniel Lopez Michael Pezzullo, the secretary of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, released a press statement on 8 March. It gave us a glimpse into the political psychology of mandatory detention. The presser was a response to Sydney psychiatrist Michael Dudley, who recently published...CONTINUE READING

Why I am feeling the Bern

Daniel Lopez I’m feelin’ the Bern! If Australia were the 51st state in the Union, I’d vote for Bernie Sanders in the primaries and for president. But wait! As a recent comment piece at US website aptly put it, the Democratic Party is “one of the most criminal enterprises the modern...CONTINUE READING