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Klein’s ‘shock doctrine’ thesis & the Whitlam dismissal

Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine (2007) is one of the most widely read critical accounts of neoliberalism. Klein argues that governments have used ‘disasters’ of various kinds to implement neoliberal policies. Transformation occurs through ‘eventful temporality’, where moments of ‘coups, crisis, and shocks…usher in neoliberal policies’ transforming ‘existing modes of public administration and resource allocation’ […]

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Neoliberalism’s Dominant Narrative

Use of the term ‘neoliberalism’ is widespread in the social sciences. While debates have raged since the 2008 economic crisis as to whether neoliberalism persists or has faltered, many argue it remains ‘the mode of existence of contemporary capitalism’ (Saad-Filho 2010, 242). Use of the term has, however, often obscured its meaning. For example, many […]

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Arbitration & the ALP: Union strength or impasse?

A class is dominant in two ways, namely it is ‘leading’ and ‘dominant.’ It leads the allied classes, it dominates the opposing classes. Therefore, a class can (and must) ‘lead’ before assuming power; and when it is in power it becomes dominant, but continues to lead. … There can and must be ‘political hegemony’ even before assuming government power, and in […]

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The Australian Global Justice Movement

In the lead up to doing a PhD, I completed a Masters by Research at the University of Technology in Sydney (UTS). It took a long time – a very long time – as I undertook the research whilst working full time. It has been extremely pleasing therefore, to see two pieces from that research published this […]

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Unfree Labour in a Capitalist Mode of Production?

This month I guest edited, with Jonathon Collerson, an issue of the Journal of Australian Political Economy (JAPE) on new research in Marxist political economy. It arose, in part, from a conference Jonathon and I organised in 2011 titles ‘Capital Against Capitalism’. The full journal issue is available online (open access) here, and my article […]

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Invasion Day

A number of myths have shaped Australia’s national identity in profound ways. The possibility of a vast inland sea sawmany early settlers search the interior of the country unfruitfully, often meeting an untimely death. The kernel of this myth was a 1798 report to the Colonial Office by First Fleet botanist Joseph Banks: It is […]