• Erik Paul


Australian democracy is largely defined by the character and function of the country’s political economy incorporated in the existing neoliberal corporate security state. Violence is built in a hegemonic order characterized by the concentration of private power and wealth, the commodification of people and nature, the construction and manipulation of antagonisms and enemies, and the politics of fear as a US client state. Australian politics is conducted as a one-party state, a new authoritarianism by privileged elites. Democratization requires a clearly defined opposing hegemonic order, a radical democracy, and a counter-culture to the existing one. Its potential exists in progressive non-violent movements, parties, unions, and other formations struggling for a new political economy based on social, economic, and political equality.


Political economy Neoliberal corporate security state Systemic violence Radical democracy Counter-hegemony Equality 


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  • Erik Paul
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  1. 1.Centre for Peace and Conflict StudiesUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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