Type
Article
Category
Capitalism
literary culture

Capital writes white

In common with many other artists, writers are one of late capital’s most avidly tricked-out assets: not expected to be motivated by crass material concerns themselves, their output nonetheless provides a handy source of wealth for other industries to profit from: industries of marketing, of publishing, of academia.

Type
Article
Category
Politics
Socialism

Corbyn, Sanders and the Australian left

Encouraged by Sanders and Corbyn and spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic and the greatest depression in a generation, the Australian left has started to take its first, faltering steps towards a Sanders-Corbyn style of socialism. There is a potential that socialists may, at last, return to serious politics.

Type
Article
Category
Coronavirus
Health
History

Our plague year

We might learn that our individual fates are inherently bound up in the collective and perhaps, like Daniel Defoe, we too might come to regret ‘the return of all manner of wickedness among us’ as this crisis eventually abates.