Monday, May 21, 2012

Left Turn: Political Essays for the New Left

Dear friends,

I am very pleased and excited to let you know that I have recently contributed to a new book on the Australian Left which is being published by Melbourne University Press and which will be out in late May 2012.

The book, Left Turn, is edited by Jeff Sparrow and Antony Loewenstein and is a collection of essays by a range of Australian activists, progressive writers, commentators and politicians.

I am very please to say that my chapter is on "BDS and the Struggle for a Free Palestine" in Australia.

To find out more you can checkout the Left Turn FB page

If you are in Melbourne, Jeff, Antony and myself will be doing a Left Turn related presentation at the Wheeler Centre on June 21st.

For other book related events in Sydney and elsewhere, you can find the details on the Left Turn FB page. The book can also be ordered from Melbourne Universit Press. You can check out their catalogue listing

In solidarity,


Left Turn shows why the left should be taken seriously. The essays are passionate, relevant and radical, by voices that are dying to be heard in an increasingly barren media landscape.


The 2008 financial crisis opened the door for a bold, progressive social movement. But despite widespread revulsion at economic inequity and political opportunism, after the crash very little has changed.

Has the Left failed? What agenda should progressives pursue? And what alternatives do they dare to imagine?

Left Turn is aimed at the many Australians disillusioned with the political process. It includes passionate and challenging contributions by a diverse range of writers, thinkers and politicians, from Larissa Berendht and Christos Tsiolkas to Guy Rundle and Lee Rhiannon. These essays offer perspectives largely excluded from the mainstream. They offer possibilities for resistance and for a renewed struggle for change.

The contents of Left Turn

 Introduction: Zombie Politics in an Everyday Apocalypse
Antony Loewenstein and Jeff Sparrow

1 The Science Cannot Save Us - Tad Tietze and Elizabeth Humphrys
2 What's the Future for the Australian Greens? - Lee Rhiannon
3 More Time
! More Space! Liberating the Working Week and the Lived Environment - Guy Rundle
4 The Toxicity of Smugness - Christos Tsiolkas
5 Media War Junkies Unite - Antony Loewenstein
6 Avoiding an Era of Symbolism in Indigenous Affairs - Larissa Behrendt

7 'Now is the Time That Can Be Tomorrow': Realism,Utopianism and Occupy Everywhere
 - Jeff Sparrow

8 The Unbearable Whiteness of Being in Australia - Nazeem Hussain
9 Seduced by Panic - Pamela Curr
10 Cooperation or Combat? How Can Trade Unions Revive? - Tom Bramble
11 Violence, Non-violence and Aboriginal Australia - Chris Graham

12 Economic Crises Aren't Accidents - Rick Kuhn
13 Smoke, Mirrors and Human Rights Progress in Australia - Emily Howie
14 BDS and the Struggle for a Free Palestine - Kim Bullimore
15 Recognising Our Full Humanity: Why Australia's Intellectual Left Should Actively Support
Marriage Equality - Rodney Croome
16 A Voice for the Voiceless: Building Progressive Media Politics - Wendy Bacon

17 Sexiness and Sexism: Neoliberalism and Feminism - Jacinda Woodhead

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