May, 2018

Razer: David Graeber cuts through the bullshit

, May 24, 2018

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

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

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

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

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 08, 2018

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.

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

, May 01, 2018

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

, Apr 26, 2018

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

, Apr 24, 2018

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

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

, Apr 17, 2018

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

Razer: Anne Edmonds’ comedy is truly, madly, deeply Australian – and that’s why it works

, Apr 12, 2018

For comedy to work, here in this country, it must be truly Australian. It must evoke the minutiae of a time and place, be unashamedly local.

Razer: how the free market turned the pursuit of ‘truth’ into a red herring

, Apr 10, 2018

Denied the conditions in which truth can be considered, all we are left with is bullshit.

Razer: OK look, yes, I will vote for the Greens (but I’ll pinch my nose while I do it)

, Apr 05, 2018

Because it's better to go with possibly red than certainly dead, which is what the current lot will get us.

Razer: ‘toxic masculinity’ debate is self-defeating and toxic itself

, Apr 03, 2018

We see the term everywhere, yet few people ever bother to define it. In Helen Razer's view, “toxic masculinity” is not a true concept, and not truly feminist at all.

Razer: I believe Andrew Bolt is the first robot to pass the Turing Test

, Mar 29, 2018

Really the only explanation for Andrew Bolt's remarkable (quantity, not quality) output is that he's a big ol' android.

Razer: war won’t wait for our moralising fits over Stormy Daniels

, Mar 27, 2018

It's time to face the fact: the obscenity of violence should overrule the Western "obscenity" of unruly women.

Razer: if Zuckerberg paid me for my private data, I’d hand it over in a second

, Mar 22, 2018

Pretty soon, automation and wage stagnation will mean a great many of us will have no other choice but to sell our private information to make a living.

Razer: 15 years since we declared war on Iraq, little has changed

, Mar 20, 2018

Dissenters today are still treated exactly the same way by the mainstream press as they were 15 years ago at the beginning of the Iraq War.

The Dutton Diagnosis: the obsession that’s become a national disorder

, Mar 15, 2018

We would be better informed if political pundits rose above the personal into the realms of true historic reckoning.