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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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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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Response to Megalogenis in Quarterly Essay

I recently had a short piece, co-authored by  Tad Tietze, printed in response to George Megalogenis’ essay ‘Balancing Act: Australia Between Recession and Renewal’. The Megalogenis essay is available in Quarterly Essay Issue 61, and our response in Issue 62. Here is a short excerpt of the response: We believe that no matter how brilliant and balanced a reform program […]

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Why didn’t neoliberalism start during the Fraser Government

Many people associate the beginning of neoliberalism with the election of conservative governments influenced by the New Right and theorists such as Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman. A useful question to ask, then, is why didn’t the vanguard neoliberal period commence during Australia’s conservative Liberal government (1975-1983) led by Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser? One explanation […]

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Travels with Gramsci

This post was first published at Progress in Political Economy, the blog of the Department of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. Click here for the audio of my talk on Soundcloud. *** Some paths to an event seem particularly labyrinthine, which only adds to the joy once a project reaches an unexpected destination. […]