Pope Francis prioritises the poor, channels Marx in new ‘manifesto’

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE CONVERSATION 28 NOVEMBER   Pope Francis has openly attacked capitalism in his recently released Apostolic exhortation, which for all intents and purposes is the Pope’s “manifesto”. While Francis has called for the radical decentralisation of the Vatican, and decided that gay people are not agents of Satan, it is his outcry against savage capitalism…

Employability in the modern age.

As I come to the end of my PhD is has become time for me to re-enter the job market.  I have cast out tentative lines, seeing what is out there, seeing what I could be qualified for.  Like Hemingway’s Old Man and The Sea, my fishing bucket remains empty. This has caused me to…

Borges and Kirchner. The two Argentinas.

“Didn’t I tell you? Peronistas are neither good nor bad; they are incorrigible.” – J.L. Borges. Hours of forgotten tape recordings of the master Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges have just been discovered yesterday and The National Library in Buenos Aires has just recently found an unpublished manuscript of Argentina’s most significant writer. As current…

New Deal Nostalgia

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN OVERLAND JOURNAL   Being the typical inner city type I went to the Wheeler Centre’s festival of dangerous ideas (a wonderful echo chamber) in Melbourne to see the creator of The Wire, David Simon speak.  Now The Wire is one of the finest critiques of modern capitalism that I have seen on…

Pelo Malo – Exclusion in Venezuela through cinema

It may be a case of art reflecting life then becoming life again in Venezuela.  The Venezuelan film ‘Pelo Malo’ (Bad Hair) which won the Golden Shell at the San Sebastian Film Festival has reignited the discussion of polarization in post-Chavez Venezuela. On receiving the award, the director Mariana Rondon commented that her work not…