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    Playdough Capitalism

    Lessons in radical economic pedagogy. This post was first posted on the Progress in Political Economy blog, and the UTS Learning futures blog. *** When he visited Sydney a few years ago I met Bill Carroll, Professor of Sociology at the University of Victoria in Canada. We talked about teaching political economy and, in particular, how he […]

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    Take a walk around your neighbourhood

    Lessons in radical economic pedagogy. This post was co-authored by Keith Heggart and myself, and posted on the UTS Learning and Teaching blog and the Progress in Political Economy blog. Take a walk In the first chapter of Economics for Everyone, Jim Stanford argues that although economics is often presented as fiendishly complex, it should be a […]

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    Living The Dream under The Accord (podcast)

    Last week I was interviewed on the wonderful ‘Living the Dream’ podcast. We discussed the Accord, neoliberalism and the ALP Hawke-Keating government. Our focus was on recent articles by Van Badham and Wayne Swan in The Guardian, and how the ALP and unions are attempting to understand and frame the experience of the Hawke-Keating government today. I discuss […]

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  • Wen you laugh togetha

      By Elizabeth Humphrys and Jackie Lynch. This article first appeared on Overland Journal.  The AFLW (Women’s Australian Football League) has happened and we couldn’t be happier about it, even if that happiness is often expressed in joyous weeping. There’s something quaint and precious about this beginning – the huge grins on the players’ faces […]

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    Transcript: Morbid symptoms presentation

    The following is the text of a presentation I gave this week, as part of the Sydney Historical Research Network seminar series ‘History Now’. This week’s topic was ‘The History of Class Now’.  *** If the ruling class has lost its consensus, i.e. is no longer ‘leading’ [or directive: dirigente] but only ‘dominant’, exercising coercive […]

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    Will artificial intelligence destroy capitalism?

    I recently took part in an episode of Think: Digital Futures, on ‘Will artificial intelligence destroy capitalism?’: There’s no doubt that artificial intelligence is going to be smarter than humans — they’re already driving cars and sorting files for us. So if no job is safe from AI, how do we make money? Will capitalism […]

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    Morbid symptoms in the history of class now

    Next week I am speaking at the Sydney Historical Research Network seminar, as part of their History Now series. The topic is ‘The History of Class Now’. Speaking chronologically are Hannah Forsyth (ACU), Terry Irving (University of Wollongong) and myself (UTS). This is the abstract for my talk: Morbid Symptoms in the history of class now Gramsci says in one of […]

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    The pathologisation of Trump

    Dr Tad Tietze and I are currently writing a book on the unravelling of contemporary politics in advanced capitalist countries, which includes a consideration of the tendency to pathologise anti-politics and in particular Donald Trump and those who voted for him. Tad recently appeared on The Third Rail TV show, which you can watch online. Many […]

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    Is the term neoliberalism useful?

      Originally published at PPE. There is an emerging body of literature questioning the usefulness of the term ‘neoliberalism’. This work has highlighted the tendency for new analysis to simply add another yet more precise definition of neoliberalism in an effort — as Rajesh Venugopalsays — ‘to refine, complicate and extend old concepts, or to […]

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