Monthly Archive: June 2011

27 Jun

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The age of austerity: Social polarisation, fake partisanship & the Left’s strategy

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Moment of conversion? Cameron & Swan at the Toronto G20 Austerity (noun): 1.     Enforced or extreme economy. From the Greek, austēros, meaning “harsh” or “severe”. 2.     Merriam-Webster Word of the Year, 2010. The conversion of the present ALP federal government from new-era Keynesian stimulus apostles to sovereign debt doom merchants did not take place overnight, but […]

16 Jun

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Explaining the age of austerity: Beyond the conjunctural, the organic crisis re-emerges

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How did it come to this? Just two years ago everything seemed so different: The GFC was crashing across the planet, provoking the largest internationally coordinated program of state intervention in human history. Prime Ministers were writing quasi-erudite essays damning “market fundamentalism” while disinterring Keynesianism and social democracy. Progressive thinkers spoke hopefully of Green New […]

12 Jun

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liz_beths interviewed on ‘The Third Degree’

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  Given our article on The Drum this week, about the carbon tax debate, it seems timely to post a link to a recent episode of The Third Degree: Environment and Social Justice Radio on 2SER in Sydney. The program was the first in a series of discussions under the theme ‘The Carbon Kerfuffle: Critical Discussions in Climate Change […]

09 Jun

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Unfit for purpose: The carbon price debate as smokescreen for inaction

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ABC’s The Drum has published an article today by @Dr_Tad and I about the reliance on market mechanisms to solve the climate crisis. We take on the accepted wisdom these mechanisms can adequately deal with the climate crisis, or that they are the only option. Moreover, we argue the debate is a distraction harming the climate movement and likely to see its demobilisation and defeat. Yet it is […]

05 Jun

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#nswisconsin: How the age of austerity came to NSW & what can be done about it

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Lest you thought the warnings raised on this blog about the “Age of Austerity” currently ravaging Europe and North America coming to Australia (see here and here, for example) were exaggerated, Barry O’Farrell has exceeded even our worst fears about the scale of attacks being planned in elite circles. What is being sold by the media as a case of reining […]