Australian politics, society & culture


Barack Obama at campaign rally in Cleveland, Ohio. Image: TonyTheTiger at en.wikipedia
Getting Elected in Zanesville, Ohio
By Don Watson
What Drives Economic Optimism?
By Gideon Haigh
Any serious stock-market turbulence invites images of flappers, bathtub gin and plummeting stockbrokers: that is, of the Wall Street Crash of October 1929. It makes for compelling extracts from the newspapers of the era, such as this, from the New York Times: Wall Street's bull market collapsed yesterday with a
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Consuming the Planet
By Clive Hamilton
Loneliness in the age of freedom
By Anne Manne
In most Western nations, the number of people who live alone is rising. In Britain, 18% of all households were single-person by 2001; the figure is expected to reach a staggering 38% by 2026. In New York, while recent census figures showed a slight drop among those living solo, the figure still hovers at around a
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Ashley Hay
The New Narcissism
By Anne Manne
For the book, I had declared that while I had an obligation to do publicity, a line had to be drawn somewhere: I was not going on TV. After the hard work of publicists, though, it seemed rather churlish to refuse. Sometimes we have to do things we really don’t want to do, such as have a root canal filling. So I did,