Guy Rundle


Guy Rundle is correspondent-at-large for Crikey. He's a former editor of Arena Magazine and contributes to a variety of publications in Australia and the United Kingdom.


Portraits into the past: smiling Victorians

October 4, 2011 1

“They fuck you up, your mum and dad./They may not mean to, but they do.” Philip Larkin wrote in his most quoted poem. But it’s the second verse that’s of interest here: But they were fucked up in their turn By fools in old-style hats and coats, Who half the time were soppy-stern And half at […]

How to kill a magazine twice – a reply to Luke Slattery’s reply

September 20, 2011 2

Luke Slattery is angry with me, which is fair enough; in my post-mortem of ALR I painted him as a good man fallen among Newsistas, and – like most exposed to prolonged contact with them, coarsened in his approach to culture and politics. Slattery resists my criticisms that he created a publication which imposed cultural-political […]

Current Crikey contributor goes broke selling booze to Australians

September 12, 2011 talk about slinging wine…..

Tmrw’s Oz Behrendt ‘scoop’ today – exciting new service

April 20, 2011 2

We hear that the latest round in the Australian’s full-bureau coverage of academic and aboriginal leader Larissa Behrendt will be the ‘coverage’ of a Quadrant article that is yet to appear – another lesson in how ‘news’ comes to your breakfast table. Behrendt’s tweeted off-colour joke about NT activist Bess Price became the basis for […]

The radical moment and the UN resolution – Libya and the ‘anti-imperialist’ left, part iii

March 19, 2011 3

Part three of this series was going to be something of a historical and theoretical assessment of the terrible impasse that the ‘anti-imperialist’ left had got into over the Libyan situation – a contradiction of expressing both anti-imperialism, and solidarity with a revolution whose leaders and participants were overwhelmingly calling for no-fly zones, arms and […]

Libya and the anti-imperialist left 2 – ideology, audacity and politics

March 17, 2011 10

On ‘The Stump’ a few days ago, I gave an extended argument as to why calls by the leadership of the Libyan revolution for arms and a ‘no-fly zone’ imposed by anyone with the capacity to do it, was something that should be supported by the left – and why it was categorically different to […]

Revolution, intervention and solidarity -Libya and the ‘anti-imperialist’ left, part 1

March 15, 2011 8

The question of support for the Libyan revolution from any national army may soon become moot – at the moment it appears that the best the rebels can hope for is to maintain a zone in the east, and dig in for civil war; at worst, they will be rapidly overcome, with pretty hideous consequences. […]

I did not misunderestimate Tony Abbott – a reply to the Australian Spectator

August 26, 2010 14

With the Coalition gaining a 3% swing in the poll, many of its supporters are enjoying a ‘told ya so’ moment about the electability of Tony Abbott. James Paterson (not the thriller writer) brought them all together in an article for the Oz Spectator, rounding up the usual suspects. Your correspondent was surprised and pleased […]

The NCC and the ADA – documentation in Quadrant

August 25, 2010

Two letters in Quadrant, referred to in my reply to Neil James in Crikey daily email, comments, Thursday 25th August Quadrant Letters September 1981 SIR: Paul Ormonde (letters, July-August) accuses the Australia Defence Association of guilt by association with the National Civic Council because of my personal involvement with both. The reality is somewhat more […]

your cancer biopsy to be assessed by Citizens’ Assembly

July 24, 2010 2

Everyone knows the value of a second opinion in serious medical matters, but why not have five? Why not twenty? Why do they all have to be from doctors? That’s the thinking behind Labor’s bold new health policy announced by Julia Gillard today. Should Labor go on to a second term life-or-death decisions will be […]

The pendulum and the pit — Faulkner, the election and the exhaustion of mainstream politics, part deux

July 8, 2010 40

(England vs Germany – always the agonising decision of who you want to lose ) With the resignation from the Ministry of John Faulkner, a great part of what was left of the Left has left the centre of the ALP. Faulkner returns to the backbench from a brief and one suspects not particularly happy […]

Robbing peter mac to pay for the pall – mental illness and the Coalition’s health policy

July 3, 2010 3

How morrisette-ironic that Andrew Robb should be both the face of the Coalition’s mental health campaign, and the shadow minister for “debt reduction” (good to see an open mind on fiscal policy). For unless Tony Abbott proposes to add $1.5 billion to the budget, the money is going to have to come from somewhere, and […]

Dear dummies, if you’re not using the Labor Party, could we borrow it for a while?

July 1, 2010 26

Last Monday morning, new Prime Minister Julia Gillard called a press conference and made the following announcement: ‘Last week, when I took on this office, I said that I did so because Labor had lost its way on some issues. Our commitment to a fair and just Australia, in which everyone can maximise their full […]

Too clever by half – has Gillard’s rise screwed up the Right? And can Labor still lose it if they try?

June 28, 2010 42

“Was there a retrospective lesson for Gordon Brown in the rise of Julia Gillard?” a UK newspaper asked a couple of days ago. The thought seems predicated on the idea that Australia hasn’t yet got that inter-tubes thingy which allows us to see what’s happening in other countries. For it seems likely that the one […]

Send off the clowns – the Rudd dumping, and collapsing mainstream politics

June 26, 2010 7

A leader elected to widespread acclaim a mere few years ago, empowered to make real change and sweep away a discredited regime — now on the ropes, a target of the party they had brought to success. Yes, Angela Merkel is having a tough time. Having come in as the great alternative to a succession […]

First bid – what was Ruddism?

June 24, 2010 2

Good God, I’m in the most complex country in the world, during the biggest sporting event in the world, and Australia is more interesting. That takes anti-talant on someone’s part. So, it is still possible that Kevin Rudd may survive tomorrow’s spill. But if he does it seems almost certain it will be by no […]

Greater Israel, Greater Schmisrael – the zionist entity is mad as a bag of cats

June 3, 2010 73

To support Israel, must be like supporting Collingwood in a final these days, watching through the fingers of the hand. ‘Oh f- …don’t do that. What are you thinking?’ Yet, whatever the horrors of the IDF raid on the Gaza flotilla, it has certainly brought a brutal government, indifferent to the suffering of the Palestinians, […]

Gauleiter Bolter, lays down the law on Jew-aboriginal race mixing

May 23, 2010 4

One tunes into the Bolter’s blog less and less these days. Like MySpace and torturing children in desert prison camps, he seems so early ‘zeroes. But this one caught the eye: “How can the ABC ban whites, Irish and Jews from applying for this nice job: Administrative Assistant Job No.:491663 Department:ABC International Location:Southbank Work type:Ongoing […]

Evidently Deveny Town (after John Cooper Clarke, and for CD)

May 6, 2010 9

Deveny Town (after John Cooper Clarke) The fucking press are fucking keen to fucking keep it fucking clean that fucking Bolt’s a fucking swine who fucking draws a fucking line at fucking fun and fucking games the fucking kids he fucking blames are nowhere to be fucking found anywhere in Deveny town ——————————————————————————– fucking ANZAC […]

Blaming the victimology – Planet Janet’s new wobble

April 14, 2010 20

Ah Planet Janet Albrechtsen. What colour is the sky on that distant land? Today’s column is a long screed against victimhood. Been raped? Sexually abused as a child? Made you kinda depressed and a bit fucked up? Forget professional advice based on real cases. Instead take your queue from Lisabeth Salander, the fictional heroine of […]