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Richard Neville has been a practicing futurist since 1963, when he launched the countercultural magazine, Oz, which widened the boundaries of free speech on two continents. He has written several books, including Playpower (71), the bio of a global serial killer (79), his sixties memoir, Hippie Hippie Shake (95) and his latest handbook of social change, Footprints of the Future. A social commentator and a professional futurist with a sharp tongue, Richard is based in Australia, where he continues to stir the possum.
He co-founded a futurist oriented socio-political website: -which aims to be the first global student newspaper.

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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 3, 2006
THE COLLAPSE OF ENLIGHTENMENT No wonder many of our young people are so daunted by today's global issues that they block them out, focussing instead on designer food and the antics of celebrities.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 19, 2009
Apocalypse Porno - The Beat Goes On Are you scared yet? Instead of a leisurely process with oodles of time to drive to Paris in a sports car with Anna Wintour on your lap, the transformation to a hothouse world will be abrupt.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 20, 2008
The Age of Eco Surrealism "You're all just playing with Climate Change", she said, "you haven't mentioned fences or guns"... or yellow pellets, or fading boomers fiddling with worm farms while sales of Lear Jets soar, or even the age of gothic malice, or eating the rich. So having digested these warnings, have I become clinically depressed?
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 6, 2011
House of Horrors -Smashing Plato's Cave A fear of losing your job... the fear of being stuck with some label, unpatriotic or otherwise... the war turned reporters into stenographers. It is time to focus on homegrown terrorists who pose as saviours; the gutless assassins of the CIA and its secret affiliates, flinging Drones at impoverished tribes, killing the good and the bad and the babies, just like in Vietnam.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 7, 2009
The Torturer's Apprentice The act of rendition began with a bunch of Americans in balaclavas, wearing black T-shirts, grey pants & yellow boots, beating him black and blue. They cut off his clothes, rammed a suppository up his rectum and fitted him with nappy and tracksuit...
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 31, 2008
STORM IN AN A-CUP When Sydney police swooped on an upmarket art gallery on the eve of an exhibition of photographs by Australia's internationally renowned artist Bill Henson, pandemonium struck. Photographs of pubescent children were removed by police. The tabloid press applauded the censorship and described the images as "child porn". The gallery owners received death threats.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 9, 2005
ABSURD’S THE WORD:Condoleezza Rice versus Harold Pinter It’s happening, isn’t it? The fog is lifting. Enormous shifts of opinion at the last minute. And not just about the wars. About the belief system that sustains the wars, the dark hearts of those who run the wars, the malice of a media that sells the wars.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 2, 2007
The Fall and Rise of Flower Power Were the hippies really right? It is tempting to think so in this age of ecocide and terror.
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(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 17, 2008
PINE GAP MIND GAP: A TERROR CELL THAT NEVER SLEEPS Four Christian activists were recently put on trial for penetrating Pine Gap, a top secret military base in Central Australia which hosts the largest CIA facility outside the USA. The base provides targeting info to coalition commanders in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, not all of it accurate. Australian citizens remain unaware of their vital role in the "war on terror" and of Pine Gap's devastating impact.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 25, 2007
BEND OVER JOHN, DICK'S ON THE WAY In a rousing address in Sydney last week, Dick Cheney revealed the enemy's plan of world domination, as the streets thronged with protestors. This White House transcript has been been slightly edited.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 30, 2008
PICKLED HEADS, MUDCAKES, RIVERS OF BABYLON Growth is Vanity Fair, Lear Jets, Sex in the City. Sustainability is Adbusters, bicycles, sex in the haystack. And now, just as eco awareness is spreading, the financial meltdown hits.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 1, 2006
40 LESSONS FROM THE NEW MILLENIUM Secret webs, scared bullies, a global mind shift. There is no God higher than Truth, said Socrates, but that was long ago. Today’s Truth lurks behind a thousand veils, while the new Gods pillage the future. Here’s some of what we think we now know:
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 9, 2010
DRACULA'S ARMY You get the sense that the burgers are washed down with lavish tumblers of blood. Often the blood of innocents. It becomes an addiction, perhaps, an insatiable desire that's part Gothic and part Surrealist, like a videogame played on a helicopter hovering over Transylvania.
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 11, 2009
The AfPak Blues It started as a revenge for 9/11, easy as shooting quails in a barrel. "Kill the bastards" screamed Murdoch's pet Aussie ranter in the New York Post, "a gunshot between the eyes ... blow their countries into basketball courts". And we did.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 11, 2009
Trigger Happy in Kabul There are no easy answers. Curbing air strikes is a start, as well as holding clean elections. Many westerners seek a bright future for Afghanistan and the voices of the well informed, and of the local people, must prevail over trigger happy soldiers, secret geo-political maneuverings and the endless flood of Kabul-shit.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 31, 2007
Rupert Murdoch is No Hero After the hell of Guantanamo, the hell of MurdochWold
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 29, 2007
TURNING UP THE HEAT To a citizen 50 years hence: In this moment of madness we found that consciousness was king. It was a time when everything seemed possible, even a generational mind-shift. We saw a chance to live more lightly on the planet. Then winter came... and they put up a parking lot. Over the years we learned a lot about Paris Hilton and little of the Tigris Hilton, soaring to the skies from the rubble ...
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 23, 2006
The Politics of Evil versus Boston Legal In one episode, there are more examples of people grappling with ethics, of pursuing what’s fair and right, than has been exhibited in the entire spectrum of the Bush Presidency.
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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 11, 2008
The Baby Killers In an era when Geneva is mocked, dissent ineffective and baby killing tolerated, it is strangely perfect that a presidential aspirant and his running mate should have blood on their hands, whether of Vietnamese civilians or an Alaskan Moose.
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 20, 2005
BETWEEN A HARD PLACE AND STEVIE NIX Roasting flesh and Fleetwood Mac – how we’re bringing the fight to the cowardly dogs and Taliban lady-boys
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 9, 2007
Is this man a psychopath? The Bomber's tactic was on track. The gloves were off. Over the next three months, NATO would set out to prove that its air force could kill more civilians than the number achieved by the Taliban.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 29, 2006
KILLING NEWS These days, Rupert Murdoch's war-mongering is compulsive and his disregard for human wreckage is both calculated and global; but in the beginning, what marked his output was a casual (and sometimes fatal) disregard for the frailties of humans.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 13, 2006
THE PARADIGM SHIFT HAS ARRIVED! This moment in history is a bit like a Biblical epic, the forces of light rallying against the forces of darkness, with both sides thinking they are the forces of light. The stakes are high. The issues are clear. This month they reached critical mass. The dark forces are looking stupid and shifty and selfish, but they will fight back. This is where the danger lies.
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(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 31, 2008
THE SPEECH FROM HELL These issues call for vigorous debate, and I think it's fair to say we've ignored the call. Yet history will record that amid our differences, we acted with malice. All of us were sent to Washington to carry out the business of billionaires. That is the purpose of this body.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 25, 2006
POOR, POOR, PITIFUL OZ In Oz 2006, to be a "civil libertarian" is to invite abuse, while to dismiss human rights as "no longer sacrosanct", or to deny inconvenient facts about global warming or indigenous history, is to attract government patronage. Once we had bush poets, mocking the pompous; now we have scribblers, licking the hands of their feeders.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 23, 2007
DREAMING OF A WHITE HOUSE XMAS First the old torturer, so lively and quick, Vice President Cheney dressed up as St Nick.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 7, 2006
CARTOONS THAT SHAKE THE WORLD The moving finger draws, and having draws moves on, nor all your piety nor wit, shall lure it back to cancel half a line.
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 15, 2008
Australia's "Sorry" inspires the White House "These injustices must never happen again," the Prime Minister said, "they are a great stain on the nation's soul". For thirty minutes he held the nation in his hands, as millions cheered, applauded and wept. Watching a broadcast of the apology in the White House, George Bush was transfixed...
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 19, 2005
WORN INTELLECTUALS WITH MARIJUANA COUGHS Is fear and phoney patriotism turning Aussies into a bunch of self congratulating flag waving materialist pisspots singing our own praises, oy oy oy, yob yob yob, screaming ‘death to the wog wog wog’?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 15, 2006
BOMBOCRACY: The Musical, plus three men in a boat Like tobacco ads, the evening news should carry an alert, “any connection between our edited footage and what really happened is accidental”. Be the first to know” … and the last to understand
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 21, 2008
The Dying of the Light "Do not ever think in acquisitive terms". Are you laughing? At heart, the attempt to imprison Shakespeare in the past is a political act.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 19, 2006
CLINGING TO THE DEVIL'S COAT TAILS How is it that one man has the right to murder citizens anywhere in the world? Caligula the First was restrained by the terrain and logistics, then murdered by his bodyguards. The lunatic in the White House plans to send more troops into the Iraqi hell-hole. If this happens, thousands more people will die. How can other nations stand by and allow this to happen?
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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 6, 2007
FUTURE OBVIOUS SURPRISES Oil fuels illusions, invasions, food supplies and shopaholia. It makes the absurd seem normal.That's the mystery. The ice caps melt and we watch glacier surfing on You Tube. What's going on?
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, January 19, 2006
DIRTY WORK IN DAMADOLA Oh God said to Abraham, "Kill me a son" Abe says, "Man, you must be puttin' me on In the end God spared the child, but not the CIA
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 13, 2006
THE DREAD OF BEING A BYSTANDER We have failed to throw a spanner in the war machine; we have failed to seize the moment, we gave failed to re-invent protest.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 23, 2006
DE-SALINATED WHISKY & WILD WILD WINDS The greening of Time marks a turning point, just like its famous 1966 cover, which asked, Is God Dead? Today we ask: Is the Earth dying? And are we dying with it?
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(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 27, 2008
Washington comes to Mr Smith 450 schoolgirls, a transparent blouse, a choral rendition of What a Wonderful World. No wonder Condoleezza Rice says"There is no better friend to the United States than Australia". Right now, probably the only friend.
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SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 5, 2007
CHANGING CLIMATE, CHANGING MINDS Global Warming can set you free. 16 reasons to be cheerful.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 28, 2005
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 3, 2005
WHO KILLED COCK ROBIN? Who’ll carry the coffins? Cheney and Rummy: “We think its funny, We’ll carry the coffins”.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 15, 2006
WILD JUSTICE: An open letter to the President Spread far and wide across the globe are thousands of people with a grudge to settle. You have provided the inspiration of imitation to all the disempowered people on earth, the ones who are wounded in hatred and bad at forgiving. So keep away from Dallas ....
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 25, 2007
MURDOCH'S TRANSPLANT Rupert is trying to colonize Australia's heart and re-brand his flagship paper as the epitome of 'intellect and compassion'. Watch out Wall Street Journal.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 20, 2005
The Land That Said No What happens when ethics prevails. Welcome to a Murdoch free zone.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 19, 2006
THE LAND WHERE PINOCCHIO IS KING From the outside, Australia looks good; the Opera House, Nicole Kidman, jocks in hotpants. ....Listening to political debate today is like being locked in the Alzheimer ward with the treasurer and a shock jock.

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