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Articles by Helen Razer

Razer’s Class Warfare: Wills, Kate will never be royals — but they can be celebs

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are in Sydney, and they will no doubt be on their blandest, most boringly dutiful behaviour. But that’s not due to the dignity of their titles — it’s in opposition.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: skinny models don’t matter, neither does fashion

Models are skinny. Who cares? Fashion’s real victim is our rational minds, as it is patently and deliberately stupid twattery. To believe anything else is the real problem.

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Cobain spoke for a generation, but we’re grown-ups now

Kurt Cobain perfectly embodied the ’90s grunge and punk movement, a muffled voice of a quietly miserable generation. But his music has not aged well — and neither have we.

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Breaking news on Alain de Botton: more Martha Stewart than Bob Woodward

Modern philosopher and public intellectual Alain de Botton has some nuanced ideas about philosophy, but he doesn’t understand the modern newsroom.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: reducing depression’s ‘stigma’ is cheap, stupid policy

Some Australians still think depression is not a disease. But who cares? Instead of trying to change their minds, let’s change our policy and funding, and provide some proper treatment.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: March in March is only about your feelings — but that’s fine

Protests don’t have to get media coverage to be successful — if they help protesters feel like glorious revolutionaries, that’s just fine.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: my last temptation

You can try to give up talking about feminism for Lent. But then along comes Janet Albrechtsen with a morsel too juicy to resist for this Catholic …

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Razer’s Class Warfare: death the inevitable result of our asylum seeker policy

There are plenty of horrifying accounts of individual acts of violence on Manus Island. But we need to step back from them and see what is really at fault here: policy, not people.

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Hyperbolic outrage and trolling to quieten the constant assault

Trolling is not about the trolls. It’s the product of increasingly histrionic communication, where everything provokes outrage. And the reasons behind Charlotte Dawson’s death are much more complicated.

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Biennale boycott won’t help anything except your feelings

Boycotting is the laziest form of protest, and won’t hurt Transfield as much as it will harm artists.

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Razer’s class warfare: people are terrible, but blame those in power

Stop declaring the violence in Manus Island is “not in your name” or due to Australians’ antipathy, because it’s really not you. It’s the government and the power structures we have put in place.

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Razer’s class struggle: who cares about Schapelle aside from journos?

The tabloids tell us every scintillating detail about Schapelle. The broadsheets tell us the bogans who read the Murdoch press are idiots. They are both completely wrong.

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Razer’s class warfare: when there are not tears left

We have become so inured to pain, violence, racism and abuse as infotainment that we can’t find the compassion in our conscious minds to cry for the pain of others.

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Razer’s class warfare: homosexuality a dangerous Western invention

Sexuality doesn’t exist; it’s a Western construct. The human rights framework that we should all love who we love is a solution to a Western problem — and not a very good one.

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Razer’s class warfare: Aboriginal Australia needs capital, not bullshit feelings

The claim that Aboriginal Australians have a “special relationship with the land” is, quite frankly, racist and extremely unhelpful. Let’s make some real reparations — cold, hard cash.

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Razer’s defence of Triple J: it’s all in the mix, and the kids like it

The arguments against ABC youth station Triple J — from people too old and too white to be making them — are back in print. A former JJJ presenter mounts a more knowledgeable defence.

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Razer’s class warfare: it’s the economy, stupid (or why Scorsese is a girl’s blouse)

When did we decide that economics and a real class struggle were too hard and we could just get by with our feely feely feelings?

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Razer’s class warfare: Destroy the Joint’s useless crimson tide

Sending tampons to Scott Morrison is not going to help asylum seekers, but go right ahead if it makes you feel better.

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Razer’s class warfare: the 10 worst protests of 2013

Just shut up with your stupid protests against lingerie football, poor old Snoop Dogg and the liberation of brown women from their oppressors. Your protests are worse than ineffective; they’re actually making things worse. Stop.

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Razer’s class warfare: Nelson Mandela and giving violence a chance

Let’s stop banging on about forgiveness and peace. Nelson Mandela was locked up for being a terrorist — and sometimes armed rebellion is the only way to bring about change.

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Razer’s class warfare: a diary of dissent

Helen Razer tells you how to protest and dissent in the modern age — without resorting to cheap anti-intellectualism and anti-privilege.

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Razer’s class warfare: a weekly diary of dissent

Social protest has dwindled in recent centuries to become a mild affair of noting each passing Awareness day and perhaps donning a ribbon. Helen Razer yearns for the good old days of radicalism and, well, mass theft.

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Don’t buy into ‘self-esteem’ feminism

Railing against the patriarchy while spending your pay cheque on lipstick is not feminism. It’s boring. Please, Annabel Crabb, tell us more about central banking.

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On Chelsea Manning and missing the point

Stop getting distracted about how Chelsea Manning wants to live as a woman. She is a hero, a prisoner and a truth-teller — and her gender should not become the story.

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Normal Kate’s normal post-George bump a shape of things to come

How normal is Kate? So normal. And Willy is such a normal dad. And George will be normalised, too. These new-age royals are all so normal. Or so the narrative goes.

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