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Misogyny not to blame for Santa Barbara massacre

Misogyny not to blame for Santa Barbara massacre

We love the narrative that blames a current cultural ill (loose morals, video games, a controversial book, misogyny) for random acts of inexplicable horror. But this narrative is completely wrong.

Crikey says: a voice to propel US gun control

Crikey says: a voice to propel US gun control

Peta Credlin is back in print today -- Liberal plot or media scoop? Our cops are getting fat on Big Macs, with big discounts. Rundle on the Republicans' latest plan to fix US debt. Why Lord Monckton is heading back to Australia. And the media axe swings in overseas bureaux.

Obama weighs up letting the budget go over the cliff

Obama weighs up letting the budget go over the cliff

The "fiscal cliff" is dominating political news in the United States, where come January 1, tax rises and spending cuts will kick in under the current deal, unless Obama and the House can negotiate a better one.

Labor MP letter to US politicians: enact our gun laws

Labor MP letter to US politicians: enact our gun laws

As the number of guns in Australia reduced, so too did gun violence. Labor MP Kelvin Thomson implores the US Congress and Senate to look to our experience.

Sandy Hook massacre pivot point in wretched gun debate

Sandy Hook massacre pivot point in wretched gun debate

The massacre of young children in Newtown was so nihilistic and meaningless that it has exposed the empty rhetoric and false illusions of the US gun lobby. From Connecticut, our writer-at-large braces for a long fight.

Gun control might work, but US needs to temper paranoia and rage

Gun control might work, but US needs to temper paranoia and rage

The school shootings in Connecticut have revived a stalled debate on gun control. But history is against any meaningful action to limit gun ownership.

In Connecticut, it’s too calm and too practised

In Connecticut, it’s too calm and too practised

The meditative reflection on display after the Newtown massacre seems too polished and well-practised. It's a particular condition of a more general process -- fatalism encroaching on daily life.