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Articles by Guy Rundle

Anzac Day’s disjuncture from the bloody failure it represents

At least the women who protested against Anzac Day in the 1970s and ’80s had a real cause. Lest we forget what the remembrance of a bloody failure has become today.

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Renewables changing the nature of power

New technology has dramatically increased the possibilities of renewable energy. But the material revolution challenges those who want to preserve the existing relations of production, consumption and energy.

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Rundle: we, robot, the industrial revolution’s ultimate design

Robots are becoming very good at aping human behaviour — perhaps because they have become proxies for the uniform worker drone in factories. Robots are familiar to us because we have become mechanised.

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Rundle’s Review: YA novels a window into our own dystopian present

Don’t dismiss young-adult novels as kid’s stuff — the most successful franchises have very dark themes.

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Peaches Geldof, celebocrat, a sign of the failed Glorious Revolution

Celebrities fill a hole left in British society by the aristocracy. Peaches Geldof was a celebocrat — the outpouring of coverage following her death was inevitable, because we needed it to be.

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Why the union movement should divorce the ALP

The two organisations have had a long history, but the past few years of politics shows their union is no longer viable.

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The incredible shrinking building material that makes the future possible

Crikey’s writer-at-large is on the road in the United States and learning about graphene. You may not know what graphene is now, but it could save your life someday.

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Rundle’s Review: welcome to The Interzone — Burroughs and the Crystal Palace

William Burroughs burned down the old world, and foretold the new one. Reading his life through a stunning new biography gives us a way to understand what’s coming, and what’s been lost.

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Don’t overthink Russia, we’re all Transnistrians now

Vladimir Putin invaded Crimea because Kosovo. Because Mom jeans. Because shirt off. The neocon Right projects its own failed fantasies onto cautious Russian realpolitik.

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Rundle: the robots are coming, for good or ill

Spectacular advances in robotic technology are a far cry from Rosie the maid — they can self-replicate, replace millions of workers and, most sinister of all, hunt and kill. Crikey examines the dark side of our bright future.

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Rundle: farewell to Tony Benn, the ‘right’ sort of leftie

Both the Left and Right have come together to celebrate the life of Labour Party MP Tony Benn. But they wouldn’t have liked him as much while he was still making policy.

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Robotic tech in Massachusetts the whir heard round the world

A new breed of tech entrepreneurs is not just changing the way technology works — they are changing our politics, economics and the entire shape of things to come.

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Daft Vaders they aren’t, as 3D printing goes home

The 3D printing revolution is coming to your home — or at least a site near you. On his journey across America, Crikey’s writer-at-large visits a backyard Buffalo outfit leading the charge.

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A revolution in the making — printed out in 3D

Additive manufacturing, robotics, nanotubes … the new industrial revolution is here. But will it all really transform lives? In a new Crikey series, we begin in the world of 3D printing.

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We write about Assange’s lasagne because we can’t stomach ourselves

The latest “expose” of Julian Assange — and the errors contained within it — mark the final break by the UK Left-liberal establishment with the WikiLeaks founder — amid crisis for the brand.

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The inconvenient truth about our PNG ‘solution’

The so-called “PNG solution” will never work, says Crikey’s writer-at-large. Papua New Guinea is a troubled and violent state, and it will never truly accept refugees.

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In the race to be brutal, you have to finish the job

Australia’s policy of brutality towards asylum seekers isn’t foolproof, as the deadly Manus Island protest revealed. Pitched into the Pacific solution by Labor, the government now has to own it.

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Rundle: Planet Janet, a Wolf, the Lone Survivor and other illiberalism

Janet Albrechtsen writes on a spurious “cultural divide” in Hollywood and at home. Her fact-free propaganda exemplifies the illiberal spirit of the Right. Our writer-at-large goes to the movies.

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Death in Perugia: Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox and the new global class war

Seven years ago, Meredith Kercher was murdered in Perugia. Last month, an Italian court reconfirmed the conviction for her murder against Amanda Knox and her then-boyfriend. The evidence is overwhelming, so why is the world convinced of Knox’s innocence? The Kercher murder is a story of new global class divisions and who benefits from them, says Crikey’s writer-at-large.

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Vale Pete Seeger, who had a song to sing all over this land

The death of the iconic American singer/activist at the age of 94 recalls a century of struggle, both long gone and still living, says Crikey’s writer-at-large.

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Note, Tim Wilson, speech not the only freedom worth protecting

The new appointee to the Human Rights Commission has a lot to say about the curriculum. But Crikey’s writer-at-large says maybe Wilson needs to go back to school himself to swot up on basic theories.

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Lesbian porn and a new life in Perth: phone-hacking trial dishes dirt

It’s getting dirty in the courtroom examining whether Rebekah Brooks, her husband, PA and ex-lover conspired to cover-up phone-hacking at the News of the World. And there’s more to come.

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Let’s call Nauru what it is — a political coup

Let’s not dance around the issue: there’s been an effective coup d’etat in Nauru. And the Australian government can’t help but involve itself in this outrageous abuse of presidential power.

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Fleet Street is gone, who’ll be left in the British press?

The death knell must surely ring out for the UK Independent before too long. But with some British papers still apparently in alright health, can newspapers survive after all?

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The president, the girlfriend and the actress is oh so French

The French really wanted boring dependability with Francois Hollande, someone who would knuckle under and tackle the economy. But in this most French of sex scandals, they got somewhat more.

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