Defiant Earth: The Fate of Humans in the Anthropocene

Humans have become so powerful that we have disrupted the functioning of the Earth, bringing on a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene. The stable environmental conditions that allowed civilisation to flourish are disappearing. What does it mean to have arrived at this point, where human history and Earth history collide? Clive Hamilton argues we need […]

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What Do We Want? The Story of Protest in Australia

Over the decades, protestors have been instrumental in driving the great social movements that have defined life in modern Australia. Yet our colourful history of protest has never been told. What Do We Want? The Story of Protest in Australia chronicles for the first time the protest movements that confronted the ugliness in Australian society […]

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Earthmasters

What if there were a magic bullet to fix our ailing planet? What if it meant seizing control of Earth’s climate? Clive Hamilton investigates the huge risks of reaching for desperate measures to save the planet, explains the science accessibly and uncovers the worrying motives of those promoting them. While Washington, London and Canberra fiddle, […]

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Requiem for a Species

Sometimes facing up to the truth is just too hard. There have been any number of urgent scientific reports in recent years emphasising just how dire the future looks and how little time we have left to act. But around the world only a few have truly faced up to the facts about global warming. […]

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The Freedom Paradox

The Freedom Paradox

A radical reconsideration of the meaning of freedom and morality in the modern world. Why is it so many of us lack contentment, despite all the wealth and freedoms we enjoy? The past two centuries delivered individual and political freedoms that promised unprecedented opportunities for personal fulfilment. Yet citizens of affluent countries are encouraged to […]

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Silencing Dissent

Silencing Dissent

Silencing Dissent uncovers the tactics used by John Howard and his colleagues to undermine dissenting and independent opinion. The victims are charities, academics, researchers, journalists, judges, public sector organisations, even parliament itself. Deeply disturbing, Silencing Dissent raises serious questions about the state of democracy in Australia. Foreword by Robert Manne Over the past decade Australia […]

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Affluenza

Af-flu-en-za (n). 1. The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from efforts to keep up with the Joneses. 2. An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by dogged pursuit of the Australian dream. 3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth. Our houses are bigger than ever, but our families are smaller. Our […]

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Quarterly Essay

This essay throws out a challenge to Australia’s social democratic party, both the true believers and the right-wing machine men. It argues that the Labor Party has served its historical purpose and will wither and fade as the progressive political force in Australia. Some arguments from the essay … The idea of the citizen on […]

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Scorcher

According to the publishers “This is the book that blows the whistle on the politics of global warming in Australia. Why have our political leaders been so slow to act? How have big corporations succeeded in preventing real action? Who are the ‘greenhouse mafia’? ” In Scorcher, Clive Hamilton reveals a shadow world of lobbyists and […]

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Growth Fetish

At last a coherent new set of ideas for critics of economic rationalism and globalisation. Hamilton argues that an obsession with economic growth lies at the heart of our current political, social and environmental ills – and offers a thought-provoking alternative. ‘Right on target, and badly needed’ Noam Chomsky ‘Every now and then a book that […]

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