Author: Jacob Debets

New Economy Journal Managing Editor
Jacob is a law graduate and writer from Melbourne. He holds a Juris Doctor from Melbourne Law school and a BA in Criminology from the University of Melbourne. He has written about a wide and constantly expanding range of topics, including the commoditisation of Australia’s higher education system and labour issues in combat sports.

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A Thank You from the Editors

  And with that, the first year of the New Economy Journal is in the books. We’ve published eight issues and 86 individual pieces, managed to put together a print edition for NENA’s annual conference in Perth and built a strong foundation from which to Read More …

Book Review: ‘The Economics of Arrival’

How is this New Economy? Economists are beginning to lay out some of the disparate strands of evidence to present a vision of a transformative economy. Jacob Debets writes the first NEJ Book Review on The Economics of Arrival, by renowned new economy writers and Read More …

What Could Have Been

The Labor Party has lost the unlosable election, and with it, the chance to change Australia’s course towards something approaching social democracy. The result defies every poll, pundit and focus group. The Coalition’s policy offering was astonishing in its vacuousness and cruelty, led by a Read More …

School Strikes for Climate: At the Coal Face

A funny thing is happening in the lead-up to the 2019 federal election: young people, a traditionally apathetic mix of first-time voters and too-young-to-be-voters, are disrupting the conventional narrative. The youth enrolment rate is at an all-time high of 88.8%, and evidence shows that in contrast to earlier generations, millennials are not becoming more conservative as they age. Technologies often derided as encouraging narcissism and other antisocial behaviour are instead being used for political activism. Young people are demanding a seat the table on a diverse set of issues: house prices, marriage equality, insecure work and pill testing among them, and reactionary calls for the young to stay in their lane are simply adding fuel to the fire. Read More …

Jacob Debets

New Economy Journal Managing Editor Jacob is a law graduate and writer from Melbourne. He holds a Juris Doctor from Melbourne Law school and a BA in Criminology from the University of Melbourne. He has written about a wide and constantly expanding range of topics, Read More …