Standing still in the supermarket freezer aisle, letting thirty-six-degree-day-sweat cool against your skin. In that brief moment you forget why you came here, but something about the sensation reminds you of your mother: familiar, enveloped in the comforting flavour of a nostalgia you can’t be sure is real or imagined.

Making small talk with the barber through the mirror. Not wanting to talk about the same old tired topics and yet feeling guilt at your hypocrisy when you inevitably fall into that same pattern, wanting to talk about something else or nothing at all. The conversation feels like a puppet…


Man has always been a lesser power compared to that of his image, but it was not until the Spectacle rose that he realised it. By then it was already too late. The invasion was complete as man put down his sword and torched the horizon pink with the dull light of advertising, when angels left the heavens and walked the earth as celebrity and language became a fiction — then man was set adrift in an emptiness he had created but could not explain.

The old shadows of the cave wall now seem a middling embarrassment compared with the…


It has been said that a liberal standing still will eventually become a conservative. This means that liberalism is a relative term, an indefinite process that is always changing and moving toward something else. When it was founded, the United States and its constitution were liberal inventions derived from the principles of life, liberty and property. And yet the arrangement of the country at its inception could hardly be considered liberal today: women could not vote, and African Americans were still slaves. This so-called liberal state of affairs is a regression…


The time one spends consuming news and making an overall effort to understand goings on in the world can be undermined quickly with a question: why is it that we need to know what we are being shown? There is no comfortable answer to this. Most of the news items we consume daily are of no significance to our daily lives. More importantly, they are things we cannot exert control over.

This is true of the stock market (what good is the all ordinaries when one is not an investor), electoral politics (most of what politicians pass will scarcely affect…


Yesterday I shaved off my hair — my sister; loudly giggling in the background, my clippers; humming tunelessly beneath a number three guard and me; not sure if I should be feeling regret. It was the first time I have changed my hairstyle since high school. I had been mulling over whether to grow it out or buzz it off now that the barbers have all closed. Bringing an end to something felt more appropriate.

Early in the lockdown, my Mum turned to me, exasperated, and explained how she just wanted things to go back to normal. She wanted brunch…


The COVID-19 pandemic is a health crisis that has necessitated unprecedented fiscal stimulus in Australia. This poses a challenge to the incumbent Liberal-National Party’s austerity politics, which emphasises sound economic management through surplus budgets and national debt management. It seems difficult for the government to justify its COVID-19 spending without undermining the neoliberal logic of previous policies. Current spending begs the question: if this level of government support is possible to provide now, why can it not be provided at other times too?

This challenge to neoliberalism does not go far enough to bring about change. If there is one…


There is a growing sense in parts of the left that intersectionality and ‘progressive identity politics’ do more harm than good when it comes to challenging capitalist hegemony. The argument from certain class reductionists is that identity politics is a distraction from class politics, leaving those on the socialist left prone to infighting that alienates the movement from the rest of society — and in particular, from the working class which they hope to emancipate.

Progressive, intersectional and identity politics are each terms with their own specific definition. As with any kind of word that gets thrown around too much…


In Australia, if one is to decide where to go after high school, the first thing they do is gather a collection of glossy brochures from university open days in…


An essay on post-truth, Plato, and decorative rocks.

Bong Joon-ho is lying to you. The South Korean writer-director has made a career out of satirising class struggle and social stratification under modern capitalism. His films certainly champion the voices of the economically disenfranchised and yet Bong himself is a member of the intelligentsia. His life is anything but one of socio-economic struggle. Bong earns a living making movies and they have made him millions.

His latest project is a film that levies a scathing indictment on the disparity of South Korean society. The reception of the film is somehow ignorant…


It was meant to be an escape, but very quickly I find myself up to my nose in mortgage debt. I pay it back rather easily selling fish and bugs, but accruing more income only seems to increase the possibility for improvement. More upgrades see me forking out even more piles of cash at an ever increasing rate.

Every Sunday I play the ‘stalk market’. This sees pretty substantial returns but that does not mean end of my work by any measure. There are always more items to be collected, new ways to arrange the buildings. You cannot stop —…

Josh

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