Reflections on Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu, Bill Gammage’s The Biggest Estate on Earth, Melissa Lucashenko’s The First Australian Democracy and Abdullah Ocalan’s The Roots of Civilisation
Above: Jospeh Lycett's Aborigines using fire to hunt kangaroos 1817, National Library of Australia
It’s so simple it sounds ridiculous. They take everything they can lay their hands on and commodify anything left. The commonwealth is replaced by private assets and the earth is left bare.
Inevitable but sad news, reprinted from Tom Dispatch, 17 April 2015. On Monday, Eduardo Galeano died of cancer.
So we must fly a rebel flag, As others did before us, And we must sing a rebel song And join in rebel chorus. "Freedom on the Wallaby", by Henry Lawson, written as a comment on the 1891 Australian shearers' strike, published by William Lane in the Worker in Brisbane, 16 May 1891.
Violins bloom in the sky, a straw hat, excuse me, what year is it? Thirty nine and a half almost, it’s early, early. Turn off the radio.
Aah Amerika - if only we knew what we do not know. As Argentinian writer Alberto Manguel wrote “. . with the passing of the years my ignorance in countless areas . . . has become increasingly perfected.”
Brexit has put the cat amongst the pigeons. Stock markets in chaos and currency overboard left right and centre. The comment is mainly along thelines of "how could they be so stupid?" but the real dangers lie with international capital flows.
I was in a Carlton bookshop, browsing but not buying. I opened “And the weak suffer what they must” at a random page and read compulsively. Written by Yanis Varoufakis after resigning as Greece’s Finance Minister, this was no economic treatise and certainly no dry text book. It turned out to be...
It's beautiful in our little side garden, but outside that rustic fence corruption fills the big society we call Australia. As always, all things remain, the natural world is always there with the winds and the sun rising each day. And also greed and stupidity spreading like viral infections throug...