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Helen Razer

Writer and broadcaster

Helen Razer — Writer and broadcaster

Helen Razer is a writer whose work appears in The Saturday Paper, Daily Review, SBS Online and Frankie. She has previously worked as a columnist for The Age and The Australian and as a broadcaster for ABC radio.

Why the 'activist CEO' must have rituals of personal growth

Why the 'activist CEO' must have rituals of personal growth

How are we to understand the likes of Jeff Bezos who believes himself to be a champion of human rights, while workers in his factories have suffered heat exhaustion?

The limits of Me Too and the traumatic Personal Narrative

The limits of Me Too and the traumatic Personal Narrative

Me Too isn't a movement. It hasn't moved for a year. We now have Me Too institutions. They claim their work is political. Yet their work is to be as apolitical as possible.

Pedestrian push placebo pacifies people in perplexing periods

Pedestrian push placebo pacifies people in perplexing periods

Social science, both popular and academic, is obsessed with the power of little things including, it would seem, the placebo pedestrian crossing.

The under-reported scourge of Joy-shaming

The under-reported scourge of Joy-shaming

Bitterness and misanthropy have long been attributed to those whose declarations pose a threat to the false order of joy. Here's why misery is better for you.

Four Corners' Bannon interview wasn't 'masterful' — it was weak and negligent

Four Corners' Bannon interview wasn't 'masterful' — it was weak and negligent

Sarah Ferguson's widely celebrated Four Corners interview with former Trump adviser and noted nationalist Steve Bannon was a masterclass in journalistic weakness.

North Korea or not, travel writing is nearly always a mess of political bias

North Korea or not, travel writing is nearly always a mess of political bias

Labor MP Tim Watts thinks a Honi Soit writer and his student editors should be "ashamed". But if we're looking to call out ideological travelogues, there are many more to choose from.

Q&A sums up the hopelessness of modern politics

Q&A sums up the hopelessness of modern politics

One only needs to have watched last night's Q&A to see that liberal democracy is unwell.

A beginner's guide to growing tomatoes while the world burns

A beginner's guide to growing tomatoes while the world burns

Anyone with a balcony or a small space exposed to all-day sun can grow a flipping tomato. Here's how!

The policy class has always had a truth problem

The policy class has always had a truth problem

When the media gets excited about a lying politician, they don't seem to realise that voters already know the truth has been buried by decades of bullshit.

Filthy Rich and Homeless is bloated with empathy and lacking in unsexy facts

Filthy Rich and Homeless is bloated with empathy and lacking in unsexy facts

Who really cares about my "empathy"? The producers of SBS' returning show seem to think we’re living in a democracy. One activated by eminent tears.