Monthly Archive: September 2010

26 Sep

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Desperately seeking authority

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That new paradigm thingy didn’t last long, now, did it? At least not the world of “kinder, gentler” politics that Tony Abbott was promising. Nor the ability of rural Independent MPs to rise above the fray of deal-making and remain untainted by “old-style” party politics. Nor, of course, the dream of politicians finding more “consensus” […]

24 Sep

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wrong+arithmetic: Jacques Rancière

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A friend and fellow blogger at wrong+arithmetic has translated recent comments from French philosopher Jacques Rancière, regarding the expulsion of Roma in France. Given the use of racism for political gain here, the translation of the comments is timely. It is worth taking a look.  

Filed under: racism, Ranciere, state

21 Sep

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We will decide which people we will kill, and the circumstances under which we kill them*

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Iraqi child killed by US bombing campaign While John Paul Young’s euphoric pop-disco classic “Love Is In The Air” could’ve been the theme song for the Greens’ election night success, it seems that the Liberals and the right-wing media have latched onto Bob Brown’s push to allow the territories to legalise euthanasia as a reason […]

Filed under: Bob Brown, fascism, Greens, Palestine

18 Sep

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A ‘Philosophy of Praxis’ for our times

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As I blog this, liz_beths is writing the conclusion to her Masters thesis, which analyses the rise and fall of the Global Justice Movement in Australia. She wrote a bit about the arc from S11 2000 to 9/11 and the present day on the Overland blog last weekend. Rather than simply re-use hackneyed categories that […]

14 Sep

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Legitimacy, mandates and the media

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There has been much discussion in the left-leaning blogosphere about the stridency of the Murdoch media campaign against the “legitimacy” of the Gillard minority government. As Left Flank noted on the weekend, The Australian has editorialised that it is committed to having the Greens “destroyed at the ballot box”. In the AFR on Friday (paywalled, […]

12 Sep

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Our s11

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Yesterday was ten years since thousands of Australian blockaded the Asia Pacific Summit of the World Economic Forum at Crown Casino in Melbourne. You can read my blog post about our s11 and the impact of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the Overland Journal Blog (and reprinted below).