Russians Under the Bed

Russians Under the Bed

Since the implosion of the Democratic Party and the election of Donald Trump, American liberals have been wracked by the notion that Putin’s Russia is orchestrating the collapse of American institutions. Putin’s mastery of political dark arts are responsible for a “post-truth” media age, domestic fifth columnists and the sexual blackmailing of Donald Trump. While […]

Jacindamania Assessed

Jacindamania Assessed

I had the pleasure of writing for my friend Douglas Williams of the South Lawn. Jacindamania has been felt across left circles internationally and our overseas friends are all to eager to project upon New Zealand a redemptive optimism. Others such as Ben Mack writing for the Washington Post can only see Trumpism and an […]

The Alt-Right and Transgression

The Alt-Right and Transgression

One of the distinguishing features of the alt-right is their use of online countercultural practices. The spaces of the so-called “weird internet” once seen a joyously transgressive have come to be defined by alt-right trolls and anime Nazis. Angela Nagle’s “Kill All Normies” is the best summary to date of the online meme wars that […]

Pacific Mourns Giant

Pacific Mourns Giant

The passing of Dr Teresia Teaiwa in March of this year was an immense loss to the people of the Pacific. A remarkable scholar, poet and activist there is no part of the Pacific that she did not touch. I had the sad honour of talking to her academic mentor Angela Davis and her colleague […]

Cyber-Utopians and the Alt-Right

Cyber-Utopians and the Alt-Right

In January of this year I published an academic for Christian Fuchs’ tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. The article looks at how utopian and cyber-libertarian discourses of online politics and freedom have colonised segments of the political left. The reverence of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden among left political activists framed the struggle for digital […]