Antonia Hildebrand / The Blind Colossus
Antonia Hildebrand explores how the neo-liberal worldview was created and for what social, political and economic purposes it came into being. Going back to the Great Depression of the thirties, Hildebrand describes an agenda devoted to the creation of an elite which is now so insulated by its power that it is largely unaccountable and owns a large slab of the world’s wealth. In the United States at least, it controls the law, the military, the media and the banking system, leading to widespread injustice, social instability and financial collapses that are all the more threatening because they are now global.
John Biggs / Waves of Unreason: Australian Prime Ministers in the 21st Century
This book illustrates just how destructive neoliberalism has been to ordinary citizens, and how the two-party system has been corrupted by greedy politicians who have placed their own and corporate interests above those of the people they are supposed to be representing.
Kathryn Spurling / Bureaucracy, Bankers and Bastards: a farmer's story
Bill Mott had trusted his bank and lost everything: his land, his home, his livelihood, his future, his children’s inheritance and his marriage.
Lisa Milner / Swimming Against the Tide: A Biography of Freda Brown
Freda Brown was a political activist in the women’s, peace, and anti-apartheid movements, both in Australia and overseas. A passionate believer in equality, she occupied her busy life with action and organisation. While some of her greatest achievements can be seen in her work in helping to establish and lead pioneering women’s organisations, she travelled widely also in the service of political, peace and anti-racism causes.
Richard Stanton / Good Eggs & Odd Fish: a manifesto for the 70-year-old man
Richard Stanton has lived a long life and has done all the stuff you would expect him to do in that time and now he’s tired so he is going to have a lie down.
Steve Davis / Not Fit To Govern: Essays on Liberal Democracy
Essays with a common theme - a belief that representative democracy has not just outlived its usefulness, but has become a danger to the survival of humanity itself.