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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: http://www.homepagedaily.com -which aims to be the first global student newspaper.
(1 comments) SHARE 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 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 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.
(7 comments) SHARE 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 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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 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?
(2 comments) SHARE 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?
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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?
(1 comments) SHARE 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 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
(6 comments) SHARE 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.