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Global Politics

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to supporters after speaking at a campaign event in Dallas, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

How Trump won and what it means

By Mel Gregson Trump’s victory in the US presidential election represents a historic crisis of the political elite in the most powerful country in the world. The ramifications will be felt widely, deeply and for some time. Trump is a bigoted, misogynistic bully who has lied and manipulated his way […]

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Brexit: Blame austerity, not immigration

Brexit: Blame austerity, not immigration

The vote to leave the EU was a revolt against the status quo. What comes next is yet to be determined. Since British voters took the dramatic decision to leave the EU in the referendum on June 23, the entire British political establishment has been shaken. The result of the referendum […]

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Brexit: A revolt against the British elite

Brexit: A revolt against the British elite

Last week Brexit became a reality when 52% of British voters, based on a 72% turnout, voted to end Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU). The result sent shockwaves through the economic and political establishment in Britain and Europe as well as across the world. The two main political parties, […]

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How the US got Trumped

How the US got Trumped

The 2016 US presidential race so far offers striking evidence of the massive loss of support for the political mainstream. The Great Recession has created widespread social dislocation and a rising fury against the establishment. This can be seen in the social movements that represent a revolt against racism, a […]

Global Politics, Theory & History, Unions

Automation, unemployment, and the ‘End of capitalism’

Automation, unemployment, and the ‘End of capitalism’

“Machines will take your jobs”: In a period of global financial turmoil and worsening economic prospects for Australian capitalism, this worrying message is now appearing almost daily in the media. The quickening pace of job losses due to automation has led to some very different responses on the part of […]

Australia & NZ, Global Politics

Opposing free trade and xenophobia

Opposing free trade and xenophobia

Negotiations for the China-Australia free trade agreement (ChAFTA) were completed in June and it is currently being examined by two parliamentary committees. After this process it will go before the parliament before coming into force. At the moment Labor are proposing that some changes be made to the agreement. Like […]