Politics

Ben Eltham reviews 'Left Turn: Political Essays for the New Left' edited by Antony Lowenstein and Jeff Sparrow

Ben Eltham
28 August 2012

Few would suggest that global capitalism is in rude, unqualified, health. Greece has just voted on whether to stay in the Euro, global markets continue their rollercoaster trajectory, and millions of workers in advanced Western economies remain jobless. With much of the rich world halfway into a lost decade, capitalism is suffering another of the periodic and devast ... More

Peter Mares reviews 'Frontier Justice' by Andy Lamey and 'Contesting Citizenship' by Anne McNevin

Peter Mares
21 March 2012

Australian advocates of a harsh line against asylum seekers arriving by boat often base their arguments on a concern for the protection of human life. Unless we deter boat people, so the r More

Matthew Lamb reviews 'The Australian Moment: How We Were Made for These Times' by George Megalogenis

Matthew Lamb
21 March 2012

In The Australian Moment: How We Were Made for These Times, George Megalogenis tries to explain how, in spite of ourselves, we managed to survive the last three ‘super crashes o More

Angus Roxburgh: The Strongman

Geoff Winestock
21 March 2012

A portrait of the Vladimir Putin from inside the Kremlin

Geoff Winestock

 

The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia
by Angus Roxburgh
I.B. Tauris (Palgrave Macmillan), $39.95 hb, 338 pp, 9781780760162

 

The Western stereotype of the Russ ... More

Neal Blewett on 'After Words: The Post-Prime Ministerial Speeches' by P.J. Keating

Neal Blewett
23 January 2012

As of writing, Australia has six living ex-prime ministers – not quite a record. Of these, one, of course, is still in parliamentary harness, and may still aspire to the top job. Of the More

Nick Hordern reviews 'The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays' by Simon Leys

Nicholas Hordern
21 January 2012

Simon Leys is the pen name of the distinguished academic Pierre Ryckmans, who came to notice, first as a sinologist, then as a critic and author. The essays in this collection, composed ov More

Sally Heath (ed.): Meanjin, Vol. 70, No. 4

William Heyward
21 January 2012

Forthright politics

William Heyward

 

Meanjin, Vol. 70, No. 4
edited by Sally Heath
Melbourne University Publishing, $24.99 pb, 208 pp, 0025-6293

 

The current issue of Meanjin is a forthright one. In her editorial, Sally Heath singles out the ... More

Frank Jackson reviews 'The Poor Relation' by Stuart Macintyre

Frank Jackson
23 December 2011

During the lead-up to the last United States presidential election, I found myself waiting for a train at the Princeton railway station with nothing to read. I picked up a copy of the student newspaper. Much of it was standard Bush bashing, intermingled with unrealistic expectations of what Obama might achieve. But one sentence in an editorial caught my eye: ‘It i ... More

Joel Deane reviews 'The Sweet Spot' by Peter Hartcher and 'The Fog On The Hill' by Frank Sartor

Joel Deane
25 November 2011

On 7 November, Paul Keating appeared on ABC TV’s 7.30 to promote his new book of speeches,  After Words. Keating’s response to Leigh Sales’s first question abo More

David Day reviews 'Joseph Lyons: The people’s Prime Minister' by Anne Henderson

David Day
24 November 2011

This book is long overdue. It is eighty years since affable Joseph Lyons, often depicted by cartoonists as a koala, was elected as Australia’s tenth prime minister. He would be re-electe More

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