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Workplace Surveillance and the Productivity Incentive

Thursday, 17 July 2014, 5:51 pm | Binoy Kampmark

A post by John Neiditz in Big Data Tech Law (Jul 12) makes use of a pertinent concept to relations in the workplace. He draws on the work of sociologist Erving Goffman, who suggests that individuals need a “backstage” to ready themselves for interaction ... More >>

Imperial Script: Philip Zelikow’s Recipe for American Power

Monday, 7 July 2014, 12:55 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The rather grating tunes of empire are ringing out again from the orchestra of think tanks and Washington pundits, and alarmism is the key note being struck as Iraq continues its ever assured route to implosion. More >>

The New Domino: ISIS and the New History

Thursday, 26 June 2014, 5:37 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Liam Fox, the former UK Secretary for Defence, is a dangerous man. Within his inchoate Tory babble lies an authoritarian message, one fuming with a distorting kind of madness. Like every authoritarian message, an enemy hewn from a quarry of decent reserves ... More >>

Tony Abbott in US: A Note on Fawning and US-Australian Ties

Thursday, 19 June 2014, 3:47 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The most grotesque spectacle in recent years has been that of an Australian prime minister on tour in the United States. The bib has to be procured to capture the drool. Fawning admiration accompanies unqualified assertions of promise and valour ... More >>

Mendacity, Elections and the First Amendment

Wednesday, 18 June 2014, 4:53 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The jewel within the operation of free speech is its permissiveness towards the unwise, the vicious and occasionally, the down right dastardly. Rights are not necessarily exercised by the virtuous; and it is fair to say that notions of virtue in the political ... More >>

Death of a Mutant Child: Iraq, ISIS and Follies of War

Monday, 16 June 2014, 10:10 am | Binoy Kampmark

War can be such an exciting thing for some, and it is particularly so for those who keep failing when practising it. The process of pursuing it, most notably those states claiming a liberal-democratic pedigree, comes in distinct stages. More >>

The Lure of Conspiracy: MH 370, Rewards and Whistleblowers

Tuesday, 10 June 2014, 2:26 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has been unendurable for those families who remain none the wiser for what happened to the Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board. In such a vacuum of uncertainty, theories form and hypotheses develop. More >>

The Bergdahl-Taliban Prisoner Exchange: Prisoners of War

Wednesday, 4 June 2014, 5:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Initially, it hardly bubbled up to the surface of American political discussion, but the insistent language by US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, that a prisoner exchange had been affected regarding Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl, was something of a minor revolution. More >>

The Benefits of War: Abbott’s “Discrete Settlement” Program

Tuesday, 3 June 2014, 5:44 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Abbott Government has made a point to shock more than awe in its short time in office. (It is hard to be awed by the Prime Minister, whose behaviour has been expected.) It has taken the program of the previous Labor government further in chastising and ... More >>

The Spectre of Concorde: Commercialising the Space Race

Tuesday, 3 June 2014, 5:42 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The name suggests it all, but when Richard Branson decided to get his toes wet in the concept of Virginal creations (Virgin Blue, Virgin Atlantic, and a host of other projects), he, like Adam, felt that all he would hence utter would be the first. More >>

Marching in May: The False Promise of Conformism

Tuesday, 20 May 2014, 2:34 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The Australian voter, as a political species, remains alien to ideology. There is a certain cavalier ruthlessness with which governments can be dispatched at the ballot box. Being one of the most electioneered, if not over-electioneered countries on ... More >>

The US-RP Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement

Wednesday, 30 April 2014, 5:15 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The cloakroom of hegemony can be a heavily stocked one. There are variations in style, dress and material – but at the end of the day, the accent is unmistakable. Imperial wear remains just that, an ominous warning to those who taste it, and those who would ... More >>

Deceptive Gyrations: Rebasing Growth of the Nigerian Economy

Monday, 21 April 2014, 5:50 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Statistics are the magic, and the manna, of the economist. They are less reliable than weather forecasts – the meteorologist has a better chance of forecasting rainfall than an economist of forecasting economic growth. Things get even more testy over ... More >>

The Problem of Heartbleed: Trivial Errors and Severe Impacts

Sunday, 13 April 2014, 4:01 pm | Binoy Kampmark

We truly live in fearful times. One utterance of a potentially dangerous virus – be it biological or structural – and a pall comes over the public conversation. The language used is that of climate catastrophe, ecological doom, or, in the case ... More >>

The Poverty Incentive: Making the Poor Carry the Refugee Can

Friday, 11 April 2014, 1:16 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The poorer you are, the more likely you need to shoulder more. This axiomatic rule of social intercourse, engagement and daily living is simple and brutal enough: the poor shall hold, conserve, preserve. More >>

Willy Wonka of the Kitchen: The Cooking of Heston Blumenthal

Thursday, 3 April 2014, 3:47 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Chefs are the psychological beings of the culture world. They have egos large enough to fit their restaurants and personalities as delicate as egg shells. Their recipes are matters of mythology and exaggeration; their controlling techniques over staff ... More >>

Mixed blessings of the Australian National Security Monitor

Tuesday, 25 March 2014, 4:47 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Trust any bureaucracy to make an important role dull and seemingly vacuous. “Mr Bret Walker SC was appointed by the Governor General on 21 April 2011 as the first Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM) under the Independent National ... More >>

Rotting the Slimmers: Cooking with Clarissa Dickson Wright

Thursday, 20 March 2014, 5:09 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The last half of the duo known as The Two Fat Ladies has left the cooking world. Clarissa Dickson Wright came across as the sharper one in the outfit which stormed to television culinary stardom in the 1990s. Jennifer Paterson fronted as the other ... More >>

Imperial Exit: Britain’s Departure from Afghanistan

Wednesday, 19 March 2014, 5:15 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Farewell to the British, as they leave the country that took their soldiers, and more than a sense of dignity. Forces are being withdraw (the popular term is drawn down, as if they were blinds) and it is hard to see the mission in Afghanistan as ... More >>

The Bertie Wooster of Marxism: Tony Benn’s Legacy

Monday, 17 March 2014, 3:23 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was a title inspired by P. G. Wodehouse and coined by the novelist Malcolm Bradbury. This was the late Tony Benn as satire, Benn as the hugely visible, orated political presence that guaranteed his status as myth that no governor can ever have. More >>



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