Waleed Aly


13 ENTRIES Waleed Aly is a writer, broadcaster and academic.


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The pandemic and the shrinking of Australian politics

Rather than prompting reform, the COVID emergency has hardened the major parties’ neoliberal ideology

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Woke politics and power

How liberalism’s blind spot let cancel culture bloom

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Inside Tony Abbott’s mind

What would an Abbott government look like?

The Death of Caesar (1867), Jean-Léon Gérôme. Image courtesy of the Walters Arts Museum.


The sport of killing leaders

Hollow the leader

'On Warne', Gideon Haigh, Hamish Hamilton; $35.00

‘On Warne’ by Gideon Haigh

On Warne. It sounds like a tome of grave significance. Mill On Liberty. Greer On Rage. No more elaborate title is necessary to justify the inquiry. The subject matter is so central to the human condition, so timeless, that we …


In it together

Australia and Indonesia since the Bali bombings

Gold is good

The Olympics, Sport and National Pride


Comment: The Australian Solution

There was a Pacific Solution, a Malaysia Solution and, fleetingly, until someone thought to ask the Timorese, an East Timor Solution. But what exactly is the problem? I’m not asking rhetorically. It’s a serious question, perhaps the most …

Protestors call Hosni Mubarak to account in Cairo, 8 April 2011. © Misam Saleh/AFP/Getty Images


After spring

The struggle for liberation in the Middle East


National curriculum

In late February, the Legislative Assembly in South Dakota passed a resolution urging public schools throughout the state to teach that “global warming is a scientific theory rather than a proven fact”. Perhaps that’s true: I lack the scientific …


Obscured by clouds

Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’


Racism, Australian-style

For all Kevin Rudd’s fantasies of international leadership, Australia rarely impinges on the consciousness of the wider world. We are neither sufficiently powerful nor sufficiently strife-torn to command global attention. Our prime minister can slip …

'We Are One': Barack Obama delivering his pre-inaugural speech, Lincoln Memorial, 18 January 2009. Image: USAF


Patriot acts

Learning from America