On dissolving the people: Living the Dream on #ausvotes2016


In this episode of Living The Dream Jon (@jonpiccini) and Dave (@withsobersenses) have a chat about the recent election. It isn’t a chat about if the result is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ but rather how does it fit into, and what does it tell us, about the current moment in capitalism in Australia and class struggle? We also try to work out the relationship between the electoral return of Pauline Hanson and the deep current of racism in Australia.



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We refer to the following two graphs:


(Colgan 2016)

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(Phillips 2016)

These articles are some we either mention or are on topic

The Election That Solved Nothing – Tad Tietze

The Anti–Industrial Relations Club – Frank Bongiorno

The Greens are a party of the affluent middle classes – Ben Hillier

How we stopped Pauline Hanson last time – Tess Lee Ack

They Don’t Represent Us: The Populist Moment – Richard Seymour

Crisis and the Return to the Nation: Dismantling the Right Ecology in Germany – Ben L

Four women arrested in WestConnex protest – Wendy Bacon

Colgan, Paul. 2016. Australian Voters Just Put The Entire Political Establishment On Notice. Business Insider [cited 14th July 2016]. Available from http://www.businessinsider.com.au/australian-election-result-voters-put-political-establishment-on-notice-2016-7.

Phillips, Ben. 2016. Trends in Household Living Standards in Australia: 1990 to 2016. ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods [cited 14th July 2016]. Available from http://rsss.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/Living_Standards_Mar_2016.pdf.


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