Refugees and the Discourse of Compassion

The image of Aylan Kurdi washed ashore has had a dramatic impact on the character of the refugee debate in Australia and elsewhere. Most responses from across the political spectrum have recognised the need for greater compassion in rethinking policy. Radical conservatives like Australian politician Cory Bernardi or media commentator Andrew Bolt have isolated themselves to […]

Conversation Survival Strategies

The ‘conversation survival guide’ is topical at this time of year as many people mix with family and associates that do not hold congruent political and social values. Here are three: 1. How to survive your conservative relatives this Christmas The piece I wrote last year for SBS: It’s that time of year again: when extended family comes together […]

Resolute

The USA government has an official USA.gov web page for New Year’s Resolutions: “Here’s information that can help you achieve your goals in 2014”. Unfortunately, it is not a ‘how to’ guide for preparing an existential trajectory, but a way of organising the existing web-based assets for regular government services, such as seeking employment or […]

No Shared Identity?

Mark Fisher‘s recent piece on “Exiting the Vampire Castle” earned a response (“B-Grade Politics“) from Angela Mitropoulos. EDIT 27/11/13: See comments below. I am accused of individualising critique on the grounds it is ‘personal’. I’ve removed the section that placed Angela’s comments in the context of her other recent online postings where she is critical of […]