Richard Cooke is The Monthly’s contributing editor.
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The Australian right is startling for its incoherence
Letting Catholic priests into Australia was a mistake
Centuries of failed migration policy must not be repeated
James Packer has been down, but he’s not out
Bonfire of the narratives
How did American democracy come to this?
A game theory
Lovatts Crosswords gave its profits to employees. What went wrong?
One Nation under Pauline
Media heat obscures weak support for the played-out Pauline Hanson
Using money to shape messaging is being cemented as a permanent feature of conservative budgets
An interview with Jonathan Franzen
A tissue of lies: Paul Sheehan and “Louise”
The most perfunctory of checks would have shown Paul Sheehan’s allegations were almost certainly untrue. But he couldn’t help himself.
The boomer supremacy
The dominance of baby boomers is becoming total
Drugs are bad (part 2)
Panic about drugs has little to do with safety and a lot to do with moral prejudice
Echolalia (part 1)
The war on drugs can’t be ended by logic, statistics or facts, because it’s not about drugs
The cult of the arsehole
Australia should have a long, hard think about the kind of people we prioritise
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