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Zombies, Lilliputians & Sadists: The P/Frankel, Boris/Paper/1920731229/S056-C2
Fremantle Arts Centre Press
Curtin University Books
In this provocative and original interpretation of contemporary Australian society, the iconoclastic writer, Boris Frankel, not only subverts conventional notions of this society, but also offers a host of alternative policy suggestions. He criticises Australia's outdated and short-sighted Right and Left social and political movers and shakers and shines a bright and unflattering light on Australia's major political and social institutions - including a devastating critique of Australia's educational system.
Zombies' ideas and frameworks are stuck in a bygone era - they are politically and culturally marginalised, the 'walking dead'.
Lilliputians are more influential and extol the knowledge economy and a raft of policies that they see as cutting edge. They see the ideas championed by zombies as obsolete but are oblivious to how their own ideas are short-sighted and small-minded.
Sadists, in sharp contrast to zombies, are powerful. These sadistic decision makers are politically and emotionally the 'living dead'. They use dehumanising and controlling economic and administrative practices for their own narrow ends.