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  • CLEAR BRIGHT FUTURE : A Radical Defence of the Human Being
    CLEAR BRIGHT FUTURE : A Radical Defence of the Human Being
    MASON PAUL
    ISBN: 9780141986722
    Title: CLEAR BRIGHT FUTURE : A Radical Defence of the Human Being
    Author: MASON PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How do we preserve what makes us human in an age of uncertainty? Are we now just consumers shaped by market forces? A sequence of DNA? A collection of base instincts? Or will we soon be supplanted by algorithms and A.I. anyway?

    In Clear Bright Future, Paul Mason calls for a radical, impassioned defence of the human being, our universal rights and freedoms and our power to change the world around us. Ranging from economics to Big Data, from neuroscience to the culture wars, he draws from his on-the-ground reporting from mass protests in Istanbul to riots in Washington, as well as his own childhood in an English mining community, to show how the notion of humanity has become eroded as never before.

    In this book Paul Mason argues that we are still capable - through language, innovation and co-operation - of shaping our future. He offers a vision of humans as more than puppets, customers or cogs in a machine. This work of radical optimism asks- Do you want to be controlled? Or do you want something better?

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CLIMATE CHANGE : Treaties and Policies in the Trump Era
    CLIMATE CHANGE : Treaties and Policies in the Trump Era
    MORAN ALAN
    ISBN: 9781925501407
    Title: CLIMATE CHANGE : Treaties and Policies in the Trump Era
    Author: MORAN ALAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Alan Moran has been a prominent writer on regulatory matters for thirty years. He was the inaugural head of the Australian governments’ regulatory review office and researched the issues in “think tanks”.

    Working outside and within the Victorian Government, he was a major participant in the disaggregation of that state’s monopoly electricity business into a dozen independent parts and in the creation of what later became the National Electricity Market.

    Dr Moran has written many books and articles on the interface between climate change, energy and economic well-being. These include editing and contributing to the 2015 best seller, Climate Change: the facts.

    Climate Change: treaties and policies in the Trump era, is an examination of:
    • The setting of the climate change agenda
    • Its position in the international arena where nations have agreed to treaties and agreements that have increasingly placed pressures on governments to take actions in conformance with their provisions
    • The developments leading to the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, which incorporated governments’ “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions” (INDCs) on abatement of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases
    • The costs nations are actually and prospectively incurring in meeting their INDCs and in other measures designed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions
    • President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement and other nations’ responses.

    The book foreshadows the collapse of the Paris agreement and gradual, if not abrupt, dismantling of the costly measures it entails – primarily involving forcing consumers to subsidise wind and solar energy.

    Imprint: CONNORCOURT
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CLIMATE CRISIS AND THE GLOBAL GREEN NEW DEAL : The Political Economyof Saving the Planet
    CLIMATE CRISIS AND THE GLOBAL GREEN NEW DEAL : The Political Economyof Saving the Planet
    CHOMSKY NOAM / POLLIN ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781788739856
    Title: CLIMATE CRISIS AND THE GLOBAL GREEN NEW DEAL : The Political Economyof Saving the Planet
    Author: CHOMSKY NOAM / POLLIN ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The environmental crisis under way is unique in human history. It is a true existential crisis. Those alive today will decide the fate of humanity. Meanwhile, the leaders of the most powerful state in human history are dedicating themselves with passion to destroying the prospects for organized human life. At the same time, there is a solution at hand, which is the Green New Deal. Putting meat on the bones of the Green New Deal starts with a single simple idea- we have to absolutely stop burning fossil fuels to produce energy within the next 30 years at most; and we have to do this in a way that also supports rising living standards and expanding opportunities for working people and the poor throughout the world. This version of a Green New Deal program is, in fact, entirely realistic in terms of its purely economic and technical features. The real question is whether it is politically feasible. Chomsky and Pollin examine how we can build the political force to make a global Green New Deal a reality.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CLIMATE LEVIATHAN : A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future
    CLIMATE LEVIATHAN : A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future
    WAINWRIGHT JOEL
    ISBN: 9781786634450
    Title: CLIMATE LEVIATHAN : A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future
    Author: WAINWRIGHT JOEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: February 2020 New Release

    Despite all the science and summits, leading capitalist states have not managed to mitigate anything close to an adequate level of carbon emissions. There is no way the world will warm less than the critical 2C threshold. What are the likely political-economic outcomes? Where is our warming world headed? Possibilities in the struggle for climate justice depend on our capacity to anticipate where the existing global order is likely to go. Climate Leviathan provides a radical way of thinking about how environmental change will intensify existing challenges to global order, unearthing the forces for a planetary variation on existing forms of sovereignty. Drawing on a wide range of political thought, Wainwright and Mann argue that rapid climate change will transform global political economy and our world's basic political arrangements, leading toward a capitalist planetary sovereignty. Alternative futures must be constructed in the face of these transformations.

    Imprint: VERSO
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CLIMATE STRIKE : The Practical Politics of the Climate Crisis
    CLIMATE STRIKE : The Practical Politics of the Climate Crisis
    WALL DEREK
    ISBN: 9780850367645
    Title: CLIMATE STRIKE : The Practical Politics of the Climate Crisis
    Author: WALL DEREK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED NO DTE

    Climate change is a product of the entire social and economic system within which we exist, in a word, capitalism. Challenging capitalism is essential to challenging climate change. We have difficult issues to consider: * How can we promote political action to end capitalism, and do so quickly? * How can individuals be mobilised to act? * What can we do now, to at least slow rising emissions? We need to build bases, as stepping-stones connected to a broader project creating capacity for a sustainable society.

    Imprint: TO BE ALLOCATED
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CODDLING OF THE AMERICAN MIND
    CODDLING OF THE AMERICAN MIND
    LUKIANOFF GREG / HAIDT JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9780141986302
    Title: CODDLING OF THE AMERICAN MIND
    Author: LUKIANOFF GREG / HAIDT JONATHAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Have good intentions, over-parenting and the decline in unsupervised play led to the emergence of modern identity politics and hypersensitivity?

    In this book, free speech campaigner Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt investigate a new cultural phenomenon of "safetyism", beginning on American college campuses in 2014 and spreading throughout academic institutions in the English-speaking world.

    Looking at the consequences of paranoid parenting, the increase in anxiety and depression amongst students and the rise of new ideas about justice, Lukianoff and Haidt argue that well-intended but misguided attempts to protect young people are damaging their development and mental health, the functioning of educational systems and even democracy itself.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    MARX KARL / ENGELS FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9781784873691
    Title: COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    Author: MARX KARL / ENGELS FRIEDRICH
    Format: A FORMAT PAPERBACKS
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY YANIS VAROUFAKIS

    The Communist Manifesto was first published in London in 1848, by two young men in their late twenties. Its impact reverberated across the globe and throughout the next century, and it has come to be recognised as one of the most important political texts ever written. Maintaining that the history of all societies is a history of class struggle, the manifesto proclaims that communism is the only route to equality, and is a call to action aimed at the proletariat. It is an essential read for anyone seeking to understand our modern political landscape.

    Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx's birth, this pocket edition includes a new introduction by the economist and bestselling author of And the Weak Suffer What They Must? and Adults in the Room, Yanis Varoufakis.


    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • CONTEST FOR THE INDO-PACIFIC : Why China Won't Map the Future
    CONTEST FOR THE INDO-PACIFIC : Why China Won't Map the Future
    MEDCALF RORY
    ISBN: 9781760641573
    Title: CONTEST FOR THE INDO-PACIFIC : Why China Won't Map the Future
    Author: MEDCALF RORY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What we call a part of the world - Asia, Europe, the Middle East - seems innocuous. But the name of a region is totemic- a mental map that guides the decisions of leaders and the story of international order, war and peace. In recent years, the label 'Indo-Pacific' has suddenly gained wide use, including among the leaders of the United States, India, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, France and others. But what does it really mean?

    The Indo-Pacific is both a place and an idea. It is the region central to global prosperity and security. It is also a metaphor for collective action. If diplomacy fails, it will be the theatre of the first general war since 1945. But if its future can be secured, the Indo-Pacific will flourish as a shared space, the centre of gravity in a connected world.

    Written by a recognised expert and regional policy insider, Contest for the Indo-Pacific is the definitive guide to tensions in the region. It weaves together history, geopolitics, cartography, military strategy, economics, games and propaganda to address a vital question- how can China's dominance be prevented without war?

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • CRASHED : How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World
    CRASHED : How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World
    TOOZE ADAM
    ISBN: 9780141032214
    Title: CRASHED : How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World
    Author: TOOZE ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In September 2008 the Great Financial Crisis, triggered by the collapse of Lehman brothers, shook the world. A decade later its spectre still haunts us. As the appalling scope and scale of the crash was revealed, the financial institutions that had symbolised the West's triumph since the end of the Cold War, seemed - through greed, malice and incompetence - to be about to bring the entire system to its knees.

    Crashed is a brilliantly original and assured analysis of what happened and how we were rescued from something even worse - but at a price which continues to undermine democracy across Europe and the United States. Gnawing away at our institutions are the many billions of dollars which were conjured up to prevent complete collapse. Over and over again, the end of the crisis has been announced, but it continues to hound us - whether in Greece or Ukraine, whether through Brexit or Trump. Adam Tooze follows the trail like no previous writer and has written a book compelling as history, as economic analysis and as political horror story.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • CREATIVE SCHOOLS : REVOLUTIONIZING EDUCATION FROM THE GROUND UP
    CREATIVE SCHOOLS : REVOLUTIONIZING EDUCATION FROM THE GROUND UP
    ROBINSON KEN / ARONICA LOU
    ISBN: 9780141978574
    Title: CREATIVE SCHOOLS : REVOLUTIONIZING EDUCATION FROM THE GROUND UP
    Author: ROBINSON KEN / ARONICA LOU
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Ken Robinson is one of the world's most influential voices in education. In this inspiring, empowering book, he sets out a new vision for how education can be transformed to enable all young people to flourish. Filled with practical examples and groundbreaking research, it will inspire the change our children urgently need.

    'This book is a manifesto; a practical exploration and celebration of what is possible. Now it's up to us.' Richard Gerver, author of Creating Tomorrow's Schools Today

    'Inspires and brings a new sense of possibility to the goal of transforming education . . . This is a global game-changer.' Brené Brown, author of Daring Greatly

    'Wonderful and enjoyable.' Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Prize Laureate

    'This book is a wake-up call . . . a must-read.' Pasi Sahlberg, author of Finnish Lessons 2.0



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE : Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud
    CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE : Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud
    MUELLER TOM
    ISBN: 9781782397458
    Title: CRISIS OF CONSCIENCE : Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud
    Author: MUELLER TOM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We are living in a time of mind-boggling corruption, but we are also, as it happens, living in a golden age of whistleblowing. Over the past two decades, the brave insiders who decide to expose wrongdoing have gained unprecedented legal and social stature, emerging as the government's best weapon against corporate misconduct - and the citizenry's best defense against government gone bad. They are also forcing us to consider fundamental questions about our democracy, especially the proper balance between free speech and state secrecy, and between individual rights and corporate power.

    Drawing on relentless original research, including in-depth interviews with more than 200 whistleblowers and the elite coterie of legal trailblazers who have armed them for battle - plus scores of politicians, intelligence analysts, government watchdogs, cognitive scientists, and other experts - Crisis of Conscience is a modern-day David-and-Goliath saga, told through a series of riveting cases drawn from Big Pharma, the military, and beyond. Whistleblowers are not only heroes who expose and anatomise corruption and ensure that it is punished usually at enormous cost to themselves - Mueller shows how they are also models we all must think and act more like if our democracy is to survive.

    Imprint: Atlantic Books
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CRY FROM THE FAR MIDDLE
    CRY FROM THE FAR MIDDLE
    OROURKE P J
    ISBN: 9781611854565
    Title: CRY FROM THE FAR MIDDLE
    Author: OROURKE P J
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2020 New Release

    P.J. O'Rourke says we've worked ourselves into a state of anger and perplexity, and it's no surprise because perplexed and angry is what America has always been all about. This uproarious look at the current state of the United States includes essays like 'The New Puritanism - and Welcome to It,' about the upside of being 'woke' (and unable to get back to sleep); 'Sympathy vs. Empathy,' which considers whether it's better to have an idea of how people feel or to bust their skulls to get inside their heads; 'A Brief Digression on the Additional Hell of the Internet of Things' because your juicer is sending fake news to your FitBit about what's in your refrigerator; and many more.

    A couple of extra perks include a quiz to determine where you stand on the spectrum of 'Coastals vs. Heartlanders' and a 'An Inauguration Speech I'd Like To Hear:' ask not what your country can do for you. Ask me how I can get the hell out of here. Featuring extensive coverage from the 2020 campaign trail, this is P.J. at his acerbic best.

    Imprint: Atlantic Books
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • CULT STATUS : Building a Business that People Adore
    CULT STATUS : Building a Business that People Adore
    DUGGAN TIM
    ISBN: 9781925700534
    Title: CULT STATUS : Building a Business that People Adore
    Author: DUGGAN TIM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Enough has been written about huge cult brands founded last century - Nike, Apple, Red Bull. What will the cult companies of tomorrow look like? Who is amassing the kind of passionate community that makes a brand a massive, long-term, sustainable success?

    Tim Duggan, co-founder of one of Australia's most innovative and awarded new media companies, has studied hundreds of successful entrepreneurs and change makers over the last decade to uncover what they all have in common.

    Learn from the founders of modern brands like Blake Mycoskie (TOMS), Zoe Foster Blake (Go-To), Tim Brown (Allbirds), Daniel Flynn (Thankyou), Lucy Moss (SIX), Oscar McMahon (Young Henrys) and more. In this book you'll discover-

    The 7 Steps to building a business with cult statusThe one thing you should do before starting something newWhy every business of the future needs to balance profit and purpose togetherHow to have just as much impact working inside a company as you can from outsideThe leadership trait every new leader needsHow to create a passionate community around you and your work14 practical exercise you can do today to set up for success tomorrow
    Armed with this book, anyone from anywhere can help create the next business with serious cult status.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • CULTURE AND IMPERIALISM
    CULTURE AND IMPERIALISM
    SAID EDWARD
    ISBN: 9780099967507
    Title: CULTURE AND IMPERIALISM
    Author: SAID EDWARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Following his profoundly influential study, Orientalism, Edward Said now examines western culture. From Jane Austen to Salman Rushdie, from Yeats to media coverage of the Gulf War, Culture and Imperialism is a broad, fierce and wonderfully readable account of the roots of imperialism in European culture.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CULTURE CRASH : THE KILLING OF THE CREATIVE CLASS
    CULTURE CRASH : THE KILLING OF THE CREATIVE CLASS
    TIMBERG SCOTT
    ISBN: 9780300216936
    Title: CULTURE CRASH : THE KILLING OF THE CREATIVE CLASS
    Author: TIMBERG SCOTT
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Change is no stranger to us in the twenty-first century. We must constantly adjust to an evolving world, to transformation and innovation. But for many thousands of creative artists, a torrent of recent changes has made it all but impossible to earn a living. A persistent economic recession, social shifts, and technological change have combined to put our artists-from graphic designers to indie-rock musicians, from architects to booksellers'out of work. This important book looks deeply and broadly into the roots of the crisis of the creative class in America and tells us why it matters. Scott Timberg considers the human cost as well as the unintended consequences of shuttered record stores, decimated newspapers, music piracy, and a general attitude of indifference. He identifies social tensions and contradictions'most concerning the artist's place in society'that have plunged the creative class into a fight for survival. Timberg shows how America's now-collapsing middlebrow culture'a culture once derided by intellectuals like Dwight Macdonald'appears, from today's vantage point, to have been at least a Silver Age. Timberg's reporting is essential reading for anyone who works in the world of culture, knows someone who does, or cares about the work creative artists produce.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • CURING AFFLUENZA : How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World
    CURING AFFLUENZA : How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World
    DENNISS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781863959414
    Title: CURING AFFLUENZA : How to Buy Less Stuff and Save the World
    Author: DENNISS RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Affluenza is the empty sense we feel when our wasteful consumerist lifestyle leaves us dissatisfied and unfulfilled. How can we cure ourselves of this strikingly modern affliction? According to Richard Denniss, we must distinguish between consumerism, the love of buying things, which is undeniably harmful to us and to the planet, and materialism, the love of things, which can in fact be beneficial. In this sparkling book of ideas, he shows why we must cherish the things that we own - preserve them, maintain them, and then gift them or sell them when we no longer have a need for them. If we as a society do not cure ourselves of affluenza, we make it impossible for all the people of our planet to enjoy a higher standard of living, and we condemn our environment to a polluted and unsustainable future.

    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
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