[[ Read Best ]] PanicAuthor David Marr – Z55z.co

Panic noun A sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing wildly unthinking behaviourAustralians see themselves as a relaxed and tolerant bunch But scratch the surface and you ll uncover an extraordinary level of fearCronulla Henson Hanson Wik Haneef The boats Panic shows all of David Marr s characteristic insight, quick wit and brilliant prose as he cuts through the froth and fury that have kept Australia simmering over the last fifteen years Turning fear into panic is a great political art knowing how to stack the bonfire, where to find the kindling, when to slosh on a bucket of kero to set the whole thing off with a satisfying roar These are dispatches from the republic of panic, stories of fear and fear mongering under three prime ministers Some chart panic on the rise and others pick through the wreckage left behind, but all grew out of my wish to honour the victims of these ugly episodes the people damaged and a damaged country David MarrDavid Marr is the multi award winning author of Patrick White A Life and The High Price of Heaven, and co author with Marian Wilkinson of Dark Victory He has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age and the Monthly, been editor of the National Times, a reporter for Four Corners and presenter of ABC TV s Media Watch Inhe wrote the Quarterly Essay Power Trip The Political Journey of Kevin Rudd


10 thoughts on “Panic

  1. Rob Rob says:

    David Marr is the finest writer of essays in Australia today He is a very good writer He writes about subjects that matter and he does not pull any punches while being reasonably fair He is not a polemicist like Orwell often was but he does write knowingly and morally about politics This books over all subject is political and social panics that Australia seems to be peculiarly prone to over the last 30 years Highly recommended for those interested in Australian politics and good Australian David Marr is the finest writer of essays in Australia today He is a very good writer He writes about subjects that matter and he does not pull any punches while being reasonably fair He is not a polemicist like Orwell often was but he does write knowingly and morally about politics This books over all subject is political and social panics that Australia seems to be peculiarly prone to over the last 30 years Highly recommended for those interested in Australian politics and good Australian political writing


  2. Andrew Doohan Andrew Doohan says:

    I don t always agree with David Marr when he speaks or writes in the public forum At times I find his pontificating just a tad smug and self righteous, worthy of the kind of epithets applied to him by some of his opponents on the Right At times, some of the topics he chooses to pontificate about are, in my estimation at least, red herrings.That being said, however, it s hard to fault his approach in this book to the politics of fear, the politics of panic, present in the Australian public di I don t always agree with David Marr when he speaks or writes in the public forum At times I find his pontificating just a tad smug and self righteous, worthy of the kind of epithets applied to him by some of his opponents on the Right At times, some of the topics he chooses to pontificate about are, in my estimation at least, red herrings.That being said, however, it s hard to fault his approach in this book to the politics of fear, the politics of panic, present in the Australian public discourse It is, as Marr points out, something that has been part of Australian politics from the very beginning, as examples in this book surrounding the framing of the Australian constitution prior to Federation make clear It is, also, something that defies the expected Left Right political divide, having been used by politicians of all colours and all persuasions at various times across Australian political history.This book is a collection of writings by Marr over a period from 1997 to 2013, with some of the older writings being updated to reflect post writing developments in the specific and larger narratives When taken together they make a cogent case for the way in which fear and panic is used to permit any number of actions or policies that in any other context would grate against the sensitivities and proclivities of the Australian public The topics covered by Marr s writings is drawn from the expected topics terrorism, asylum seekers, illegal boats, drugs, etc but that doesn t ameliorate the power of the underlying phenomenon that Marr cogently outlines.Touching occasionally on the on off again campaign for constitutional or statutory protection of Australian s civil and human rights, Marr mounts a very powerful argument against the power of fear and panic to be misused and the call for those who should and could do something about it politicians, parliaments, the judiciary, to name but a few to do something about it.An enjoyable and thought provoking book, one well worth reading by anyone concerned about the state of public discourse in contemporary Australia Highly recommended


  3. Frances Nielsen Frances Nielsen says:

    This book examines a number of incidents in the period 1997 2011, such as the Cronulla race riot and the detaining of Mohamed Haneef It looks at these incidents with a humane eye, to honour the victims of these ugly episodes.In his opening essay, David Marr sums it up best This golden country, so prosperous, so intelligent, so safe and orderly is afraid of refugees arriving in fishing boats Every time refugee boats appear on the horizon in any numbers, we panic Facts then count for This book examines a number of incidents in the period 1997 2011, such as the Cronulla race riot and the detaining of Mohamed Haneef It looks at these incidents with a humane eye, to honour the victims of these ugly episodes.In his opening essay, David Marr sums it up best This golden country, so prosperous, so intelligent, so safe and orderly is afraid of refugees arriving in fishing boats Every time refugee boats appear on the horizon in any numbers, we panic Facts then count for little Hearts are hardened Terrible things are done in the name of protecting the nation Well written, with a wry sense of humour


  4. Wayne Wayne says:

    Before Marr pushes anyfiction on Pell he needs to apologize to the Australian public for his witchunt on Pell This clown in many public forums peddled his hate at every opportunity Hang your head in shame A performance on Q and A would have rivaled Broadway with quivering bottom lip, tears and an IQ to match his hat size Give yourself an uppercuttwat.


  5. Alex Alex says:

    A collection of David Marr s commentary from the past two decades, mostly surrounding the efforts of the Coalition government opposition, with the faithful assistance of NewCorp and 2GB radio, to generate moral panic for votes.


  6. Salar Salar says:

    Collection of newspaper articles from the last 15 years Left v Right ABC v NewsCorp Fear v Panic.


  7. Andrew Andrew says:

    David Marr pulls back the facade of a comfortable and relaxed a phrase used by former prime minister John Howard to reveal a country gripped by many irrational fears David Marr is brilliant at describing and detailing the forces that manipulate the social psychology of Australia It is a very insightful read, sharp and pulls no punches.The book is made up of short journalistic pieces and is appealing in its accessibility It cuts to the chase.The limitations of the book is in the authors an David Marr pulls back the facade of a comfortable and relaxed a phrase used by former prime minister John Howard to reveal a country gripped by many irrational fears David Marr is brilliant at describing and detailing the forces that manipulate the social psychology of Australia It is a very insightful read, sharp and pulls no punches.The book is made up of short journalistic pieces and is appealing in its accessibility It cuts to the chase.The limitations of the book is in the authors analysis of what drives racism, sexism, homophobia and all the social ills of our modern society David Marr is no radical, but is a passionate supporter of human rights Whilst acknowledging economic inequality, Panic never draws the reader in to consider that the social ills of our society are symptoms of a very sick system that capitalism itself is to blame for the disaffection and alienation that is preyed upon by the corporate media and politicians.What I did like about this book is it wasn t written in any sort of preachy shrill tones or from on any position of moral high ground Rather it was written by someone obviously of good conscience and mostly rational There are moments in the book where I have to take exception to David Marr His irreverence for many politicians I find contemptible Nevertheless, the value of the book lies not in the strength of analysis, but in its provocativeness and the authors ability to break through much of the doublespeak and spin that we are constantly lambasted with


  8. Avril Avril says:

    Not a book to be read all in one go this collection of Marr s writing over almost twenty years of panics in Australia is profoundly unnerving and extremely depressing So much for Australia being a laid back and relaxed country According to Marr, we re terrified of almost everything, particularly people with dark skin and any suggestion that money might not be the most important element of life and that there are things of greater value.Read little by little, this collection has encouraging mo Not a book to be read all in one go this collection of Marr s writing over almost twenty years of panics in Australia is profoundly unnerving and extremely depressing So much for Australia being a laid back and relaxed country According to Marr, we re terrified of almost everything, particularly people with dark skin and any suggestion that money might not be the most important element of life and that there are things of greater value.Read little by little, this collection has encouraging moments Does anyone now worry that Aboriginal people are going to claim backyards under Mabo and Wik Panic can be overcome But the last chapter, on the Australian fear of boat people , is terrifying The fears of Australians are being supported and flamed by politicians for their own benefit Desperate asylum seekers are treated as pawns in a domestic political game If only everyone in Australia could read Marr s masterly summary of the situation Incidentally, Marr does not like the churches generally, he thinks we re the enemies of freedom But he does at least admit that we re not so bad on refugees So, there s that


  9. Ben Ben says:

    A disturbing look at the creation and strategic use of the fear generated by the media and politicians both for and against each other Despite living with the reality, it s still shocking to fully comprehend how often Australia gets the fear, and lashes out at any target More disturbing is how many of the fears created in the late nineties and across last decade are still just as prominent today, as is the cruel treatment we give to it s scapegoats.Marr s writing is always excellent, and his A disturbing look at the creation and strategic use of the fear generated by the media and politicians both for and against each other Despite living with the reality, it s still shocking to fully comprehend how often Australia gets the fear, and lashes out at any target More disturbing is how many of the fears created in the late nineties and across last decade are still just as prominent today, as is the cruel treatment we give to it s scapegoats.Marr s writing is always excellent, and his style and personality gives you a bastion of sanity as he takes you through some of the madder and sadder aspects of our society


  10. Mark Mark says:

    Topical Australian Left leaning More likely to affirm your political stance than challenge it regardless of creed I don t what else to say, that seems to about sum it up Oh, I love the judiciously crude title PANIC which serves as loose theme throughout Yeah, fear politics the cultivation of public fear for political gain Big in Australia, big in general That s what the book s all about Hey Australian Liberal Party Go fuck yourself, cowards