The Hopes of Political Economy

World War returned. To be sure, wars never really ended, in that they continued to lay waste to much of the world since the Second World War was declared over and, ceremonial announcements aside, in that the war in Iraq has been ongoing since 1991. And yet, it is still I think true to say that war has returned as World War—war as the blunt instrument with which the world is given form and meaning. […]  Continue reading

The Anti-War Movement Did Not Happen

There are two undeniable facts. The first is that the rallies in Australia which preceded the bombing of Baghdad were enormous. Precise estimates of attendances in Sydney and Melbourne — ranging from 100,000 to double that figure — are impossible to verify but, in any case, situate those mobilisations as among the largest in recent Australian history. The second is that any assessable anti-war sentiment declined rapidly, particularly once Australian along with US and British troops entered Iraq.

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As if to War

In one sense – a conspicuous sense – the paradox of sports rhetoric is this: it is perfectly acceptable to applaud sports people in terms such as ‘elite athletes’ while, at the same time, designating those who do not applaud as ‘elitists’. […]  Full text, Overland 166, 2002, pp.92-3.