The working class revolt that left black voters behind

By Nathan Waite -

During the build up to the US 2016 General Election an analysis conducted by a senior economist at Gallup found that the widely assumed link between economic hardship and support for Donald Trump and his policies was overstated. The analysis (which was based on a sample of over 80 000 respondents)...

Category: Politics

Life after debt

By Nathan Waite

Politicians love to whip up fear in the public. They live in a cartoon binary world of left and right, good and evil, and savers...

Categories: Economics, Politics

We need to stop calling ISIS a death cult

By Nathan Waite

Despite what we are repeatedly told ISIS is not a “death cult”. In a media environment governed by clickbait and eye catching news snippets it sometimes feels...

Category: Politics

Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Turnbull & the IPA

By Nathan Waite

One year before Abbott’s 2013 Election victory the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) implored Tony Abbott to “be like Gough” in his first term...

Category: Politics

The revolution will not be Uberised

By Nathan Waite

Australian politicians are clamouring to get on board the ‘on demand economy’ hype train. Senator David Leyonhjelm says State Governments which are yet to...

Categories: Economics, Politics, Tech

Our beloved radical extremist

By Nathan Waite

Ned Kelly (1854-1880) is the quintessential Australian folk hero. The Kelly Gang and its exploits are depicted in Australia’s most iconic artworks, literature, songs, and...

Categories: History, Politics

On Bill Shorten’s impending defeat

By Nathan Waite

This week Bill Shorten gave an extraordinary Labour Day interview where he defended paying penalty rates to retail and hospitality workers by linking the...

Category: Politics

Here’s a bunch of reasons why Scott Morrison will be a worse Treasurer than Joe Hockey

By Nathan Waite

Scott Morrison was first elected to the Federal Parliament in 2007. He is now the Treasurer. It is undeniable that his rise has been...

Category: Politics

Mark Twain was Wrong*: The Politics of Full Employment Part I

By Nathan Waite

No one owes us a living.. or so we are told by Mark Twain and despondent parents in our teens. However, section 10 (2)...

Categories: Economics, History, Politics

Political Economy: The Global Wrap

By Nathan Waite

The Federal Reserve’s anticipated rate rise in September is looking increasingly suspect. Willem Buiter, former member of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee...

Categories: Economics, Politics