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.


Razer: the muddled logic of ‘left-wing’ survivalists

June 19, 2018 11

Since the inauguration of Donald Trump, self-identified “liberal” and even “left” preppers have been sharing tips on seed banks and buoying the bug-out sector. It’s not that prepping has gone mainstream; radically thick individualism has.

Razer: enjoy this golden age of TV while it lasts (which won’t be for much longer)

June 14, 2018 12

The Sopranos ushered in a renaissance for the small screen, latterly continued by Netflix et al. But the economic reality of running an entertainment business like Netflix will crunch hard — and soon. So enjoy this golden age of TV, while you still can.

Home Affairs admits involvement in ‘good Muslims’ recruitment scheme

June 12, 2018 9

How does a post-doctoral sociologist end up in a swish Sydney conference centre listening to what she soon recognised as horseshit promoted by Peter Dutton's Home Affairs Department?

Razer: what have we learned from THAT Meanjin cover?

June 7, 2018 17

The queens of the Australian liberal-left have been newly reflected, perhaps even to themselves, in an unflattering light.

Razer: for its own good, the ABC needs critics

June 5, 2018 12

Should we all just shut it about the ABC when the broadcaster is under attack by from the government? Why not just give that embattled corporation a break? Well ...

Razer: Annabel Crabb’s new show packs history with chipper ABC morality

May 31, 2018 43

Back In Time For Dinner gets 1000 neoliberal humanist points for simulating (and believing) the rosy history of 1950s Australia.

Up Yours: arguing early and eating late with firebrand economist Steve Keen

May 29, 2018 5

Keen exhortations are loud, explosive and, most importantly, things we can, in many cases, all understand together.

Razer: David Graeber cuts through the bullshit

May 24, 2018 13

Next to academic David Graeber, Jordan Peterson is a xerox of Malcolm Gladwell’s rejected TED talk notes on the topic of “Chicks: they’re just like that”

Razer: the Duchess of Sussex is a breath of recycled air

May 22, 2018 14

The royal wedding is the latest in a long line of stunts to modernise the British throne, and it will benefit only the most fortunate.

Razer: I had John Howard all wrong

May 17, 2018 7

Either Helen Razer spent 11 years overthinking Howard, or Howard spent the last 11 learning to believe his own cack. Either way, his submission to the Religious Freedom Review is proof that one of them is bonkers.

Razer: sorting truth from treachery in the legacy of Paris, 1968

May 15, 2018 22

For too many, the 1968 Paris protests are an apolitical memory. For others, they paved the way for neoliberalism's global domination.

Razer: Hillary Clinton’s religious, if nonsensical, performance to Melbourne’s true believers

May 11, 2018 48

Hillary Clinton spoke to a 5000-strong crowd on a freezing Thursday night in Melbourne. Her observations on misogyny failed to adequately warm Helen Razer.

Razer: for a ‘rebel icon’, Bob Dylan certainly sells out a lot

May 8, 2018 22

No matter how many times the iconoclast has shilled for healthcare corporations, auto companies, tech giants (at least three times) and banks, liberal writers will give themselves a hernia trying to justify him.

Happy 200th birthday, Marx, you wonderful, misunderstood shit-stirrer!

May 4, 2018 32

You only turn 200 once.

Razer: my fantasy budget involves a certain Greek finance minister and a lot of leather

May 3, 2018 9

Well, we did ask for "fantasy" budget.

Razer: ACTU’s class war pamphlet looks more like a class bore

May 1, 2018 30

If unions could release pamphlets that would not only be endured by ordinary people, but understood and enjoyed, that would be a nice start to the revolution.

Razer: you can act appalled by the banks, but you’re ignoring the real issue

April 26, 2018 11

Don't believe the politicians and pundits: denouncing the banks for bad behaviour is nothing more than attempts to play into a grand illusion.

Razer: feminism doesn’t mean we have to be nice about Barbara Bush

April 24, 2018 16

A major Western feminist movement honouring the memory of Barbara Bush represents a critical failure of reason.

Razer: Comey grilled lighter than tuna in a salad nicoise

April 20, 2018 34

The ABC's Leigh Sales questioned only the integrity of Comey -- one of the world’s leading mimics of decency -- and not of the FBI, to take just one example.

Razer: how to tell the baddies from the goodies in this Syria nightmare

April 17, 2018 36

Who are the baddies? Who are the goodies? Are there any goodies at all in this horrifying locus in which even allies clash?