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We acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation - the custodians of the country in which we meet - and acknowledge their Elders, past and present.

The Pitchforks Are Coming

Myra Hamilton, Carl Rhodes, Jordan van den Berg
Chaired by David Blunt
Sun 25 August 3:45pm
Sun 25 August 3:45pm
Why the 1% should be afraid.

Ordinary citizens are starting to realise that their dwindling share of our common wealth is no accident, but the inevitable result of the current system. As life becomes more precarious, has the time come when the ‘discontented majority’ will flex their muscles and seize, by whatever means, a fairer share of the economic and social pie? Or will the world’s wealthiest 1% step back from the precipice by realising that inequality is as much of a problem for them as it is for everyone else? 

Myra Hamilton

Myra Hamilton is an Associate Professor in Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney Business School. She is a sociologist and social policy scholar whose work identifies and challenges inequalities arising from gender, age and social disadvantage. Among other things, her most recent work challenges the notion of the ‘generation wars’ and seeks to uncover the workings of elite privilege and its harms.


Carl Rhodes

Carl Rhodes is Dean and Professor of Organization Studies at the University of Technology Sydney Business School. Carl writes about the ethical and democratic dimensions of business and work. His work endeavours to question and reformulate the role of business in society so prosperity can be shared by all. Carl’s most recent books are Woke Capitalism: How Corporate Morality is Sabotaging Democracy (2022), Organizing Corporeal Ethics (2022, with Alison Pullen) and Disturbing Business Ethics (2020). His new book, Stinking Rich: The Four Myths of the Good Billionaire will be published in January 2025.


Jordan van den Berg

Jordan van den Berg, an office-worker in Melbourne, is known for his reviews and visits of the worst rentals Australia has to offer by his audience on TikTok, Instagram, and Youtube as purplepingers. Alongside his reviews, Jordan also uses his platform to passionately contribute to Australian political discourse, educating his audience on anything and everything that society failed to educate young Australians.


David Blunt

Award-winning philosopher, writer, and public commentator, Gwilym David Blunt combines a deep interest in academic philosophy with real world problems of global inequality, historical injustice, and the ethics of resistance. David is currently lecturing in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. He has held positions at the University of Cambridge and City, University of London. His work has appeared in Aeon, ABC, The Conversation, RTE, The National Interest, Metro, ­among others. His book Global Poverty, Injustice, and Resistance was described as ‘a provocative intervention… that demands serious attention’. He is also a proud Fellow of The Ethics Centre.

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