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Articles by Guy Rundle

Rundle: Elliot Rodger the product of the world we have made

Elliot Rodger’s Santa Barbara massacre was not the result of misogyny or violence in culture. It was the result of a rampant, uncontrollable narcissism — and one that our culture breeds, as a matter of course, every day.

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Rundle’s Review: confessions of television’s True Detectives

Southern Gothic chicken fried Schopenhauer — True Detective is proof that US television as an art form has come together because reality America is falling apart.

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Rundle: politics keeps it simple, stupid in global shift to outrage

Outrage is sweeping the world. But it’s more complicated than a rightward push. Crikey’s writer-at-large examines Turkey, the UK Independence Party and nationalism abroad.

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Finally, something to really rally against in Abbott’s Australia

This is a budget worth taking to the streets over, Crikey’s writer-at-large reckons. It’s time the collective Left organised itself to fight for a tradition of liberal democracy.

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#BringBackOurGirls a familiar song, but feminist chorus could be lethal

The Western media is finally paying attention to (one sensationalist, emotional story in) Africa. But our focus on #BringBackOurGirls may have got 300 people killed.

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Rundle locks eyes with Andy Coulson at phone-hacking trial

Guy Rundle headed along to week 25 of the News phone-hacking trial in London, and found everyone’s getting tired. Have Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson suffered enough already?

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Rundle’s Review: Martin Creed and art for money, art’s sake, or nothing at all

Creed’s Turner Prize winning artwork — a light going off and on in a room — enraged conservative critics of “Britart”. They have a point. A new retrospective tests whether one can one have a meaningful encounter.

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Wingnuttery and racists the last gasp of a dying Right

Isn’t just a pain when your local, beloved “folk hero” turns out to be a vile, hate-spewing racist?

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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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