Topic archives: Guy Rundle

It’s not that Barnaby is a hypocrite. It’s that conservatism itself is in crisis.

February 21, 2018 23

In their disregard of a child on the way from the Barnaby affair, the right is stepping into the territory of post-Woodstock 1970s era cultural nihilism, which even progressives pulled back from eventually.

Rundle: Turnbull is the most contemptible modern prime minister we’ve had

February 7, 2018 78

Everything Turnbull does now produces the sort of contempt one feels for someone living out an imaginary life on our time.

Rundle: effective strike action is dying in this country, and it’s partly Labor’s fault

February 6, 2018 11

The only possible strategic response to this assault on workers' rights is wildcat strikes.

Rundle: right-wingers Finnish on a low note

February 2, 2018 15

A recent op-ed dismisses the strength of Finnish education based on the fact that the language has phonetic spelling. There's a bit more to it than that.

Feeney falls on his sword, sparking the fight for Batman

February 1, 2018 5

Crikey understands that Feeney's electorate office in Batman, in Melbourne's inner north, was notified two days ago of his intention to quit.

Rundle: don’t let the ‘madman’ fool you — the US’ foreign policy shift is calculated

January 30, 2018 13

An obsession with Trump is blinding us to what's really going on: one of the most important historical shifts of recent decades.

‘Change the date’ springs from a long cultural history, one that Nick Cater wouldn’t understand

January 24, 2018 5

In which Guy Rundle looks back at the history of Meanjin and A.A. Phillips influential essay "The Cultural Cringe".

Rundle: the anti-democratic rot at the heart of the TPP

January 24, 2018 48

Without the US, the TPP is a less threatening beast, but a beast it remains.

Rundle: why aren’t the polls reflecting Trump’s allegedly ‘brilliant’ start to 2018?

January 23, 2018 21

The answer is twofold.

Rundle: ‘Australia Day’ will fail for the same reason same-sex marriage succeeded

January 22, 2018 52

Australia Day was gone as soon as it could start to be questioned by more than a small minority of the population.

Rundle: meet the think tank guru looking for love from Labor

January 19, 2018 15

Michael Fullilove is an energetic and well-respected commentator, with the pale moon-tan of the true library-bound scholar.

Rundle: Fed Square Apple store will destroy that public space and our sense of community with it

January 18, 2018 19

For Victorian Labor, the spruiking for Apple is naked desperation in the absence of any real solutions to a thinning and precarious economic base.

Rundle: how capitalism failed India

January 17, 2018 14

In India, on the pavements, you will be stepping over the great grandchildren of the people your great grandparents stepped over. This is, quite simply, the failure of capitalism.

Rundle: those Libs in a tizzy about China giving aid are gobsmackingly hypocritical

January 16, 2018 45

So the government is worried about China giving out "useless" aid to developing nations. Well, at least China doesn’t bomb countries to rubble before handing out the money.

Rundle: how to lose friends and alienate people, Spectator style

January 10, 2018 9

Toby Young, like most of the right, deals with self-hatred by turning it on others.

Rundle: facing ‘African gangs’ on the front line of the culture wars

January 9, 2018 18

"An army of angry warriors were moving slowly down the hill of featureless cul-de-sacs, Thirsty Camels, servos, and Relief of Mafeking Asian massage parlours." Guy Rundle imagines two hapless soldiers on the front line of the latest News Corp culture war.

Rundle: a nativity scene

December 22, 2017 6

Guy Rundle remembers a very Australian Christmas.

The gospel according to Donald Trump

December 21, 2017 7

Guy Rundle imagines how the Bible might've appeared had it been partly written by Donald Trump.

Rundle: sat among ewoks, imbibing the Clintonian delirium of Star Wars

December 14, 2017 7

People say it's the best of the Star Wars films for decades. It was by turns stirring and as ropey as an old Doctor Who episode.

Rundle: remembering two stalwarts of the Indigenous Black Power movement

December 13, 2017 7

Sol Bellear and Denis Walker were two mainstays of a movement that, for the most part, was about building black community.