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Articles by Guy Rundle

Rundle: the education puppet show, with Labor scared in the wings

Christopher Pyne wants to weed out “bias” from Australian classrooms. And Labor doesn’t really seem to care. In Tasmania, it seems set for self-destruction.

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Rundle: a maddening refugee problem we should have seen coming

David Kang saw it coming, when he accosted Prince Charles 20 years ago. So why didn’t anyone else? Now we’re in a cruel, awful mess dealing with boatloads of desperate asylum seekers.

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Wilson to battle his own ideology in rights factory

Tim Wilson battles his own ideological demons in accepting a job at the Australian Human Rights Commission. But for all the controversy, he’ll probably have very little impact.

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The legend of Ron Burgundy: movie marketing for a new age

Does the Anchorman 2 hype show a movie marketing industry on the nose?

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A dysfunctional start, with no way for Abbott to define himself

The Coalition had a clear idea of what it wanted to be — in power — but absolutely no idea what it wanted to do when it got there. The dysfunctional, muddled, sophomoric mess that is this government is the result.

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British bites, from Nigella to snooker

Crikey’s writer-at-large returns to London, where he finds plenty of courtroom drama — and a snooker tournament for the ages.

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Snowden smashing the shackles of totalitarianism

Will Edward Snowden get a hero’s sendoff when he dies? Crikey’s writer-at-large hopes so, as he is a hero every bit as much as Mandela.

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Madiba’s life and legacy: a revolutionary no matter the interpretation

The Nelson Mandela story is one of triumph in the face of bitter division. Crikey’s writer-at-large remembers the turbulent politics of South Africa before Mandela rose above it.

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RIP Brian, a dog who spoke for an America long gone

Brian the dog was far more than a dog on a cartoon sitcom. He was the voice of a pre-fall America, a bit Lost Generation, in pursuit of the authentic. He will be missed.

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Pope Francis’ 122-year-old radical Left proposal

When both parties are to the Right of the Catholic Church, one of the most conservative institutions in the world, you have to start to wonder: where have all the Lefties gone?

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Farewell to the second-hand bookshop

The days of record stores, second-hand bookstores and video rentals are almost behind us. Does this spell the end for diverse culture?

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Kevin Rudd, our Mao, or maybe our Obama, bows out

Kevin Rudd was a transformative figure, a politician above politics who just wanted to get things done. And that the Labor Party is in complete disarray, well — is that really his fault?

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Live from the vestibule, Pope Paul recalls the good ol’ days

Kerry O’Brien’s interviews with Paul Keating are revealing and, at times, guff and hagiographic. Will we see more of the “real” Keating in the coming episodes?

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Rundle: notes from the American election that didn’t much matter

Americans love voting, they do it every year. This was a near of not much doing, but the results could spell an interesting fight in 2016. Yes, 2016.

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Real ideas, at least from the Left, in pollie-free Q&A

Q&A is always better when they don’t invite the pollies. This week’s edition — with Dan Savage, Hanna Rosin, Peter Hitchens and Germaine Greer — crackled with interesting ideas.

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Rupert, Clive and Campbell in the Arkansas of the world

There’s Rupert Murdoch, Clive Palmer and Campbell Newman: mildly sinister, certainly absurd. It’s an Australian political implosion, and there may be no turning back.

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The Australian‘s anti-Semitism beat-up that wasn’t

According to The Australian, we’re a nation of vicious anti-semites. But the evidence they’re using to base their claim is dodgy, at best.

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You don’t get Lou Reed

Lou Reed was an outsider, and those who listen to the Velvet Underground on their Bose sound systems on their quarter-acre blocks will never understand.

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Stamping out collective life: UK Royal Mail privatisation

Founded in 1516, Royal Mail was sold off this month - at a price between £2 billion and £6 billion below market value. Now the paper knives are out.

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Rundle spoils the Left’s party on ACT gay marriage

The Left is celebrating gay marriage laws in the ACT. But take away the punchbowl — since when does the Left believe states should make laws in defiance of a universal, federal approach? Beware this precedent.

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In the game of chicken, we have a winner

Conceding “there are no winners” in the debt ceiling standoff was just modesty from US President Barack Obama. The Republicans lost this one. Big time.

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Guatemala’s skeletons re-surface with questions over a dirty war

Prosecution and convictions in the wake of Guatemala’s decades-long “dirty war” continue. They are raising questions about the Cold War that the Right will have to answer.

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It has to be Albo

Hopeful ALP leader Bill Shorten has a fast but empty political vehicle, Guy Rundle says, leaving one choice for the ALP leadership

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The GOP and the US shutdown explained — with a Bang

Crikey’s writer-at-large takes an umbrella view of the origins of the universe — and why it matters to American politics now more than ever.

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Mandate wars and the battle for Senate reform

Maybe we should reform Senate voting. But we should do it for the right reasons. All this talk of mandates gets us nowhere, says Crikey’s writer-at-large.

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