with A. Loewenstein, C.Fleming & M. Whyte / chaired by David Penberthy
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For better or worse, human beings have long been taking drugs, legal and illegal. Why are some drugs outlawed and others embraced? What is the impact of prohibition? A panel that brings together three important perspectives: journalist and author Antony Loewenstein looks at the effect of the US-led War on Drugs in his book Pills, Powder and Smoke. Chris Fleming’s On Drugs documents his own addiction. Mandy Whyte recounts her efforts to save her meth-addicted son in Dancing on a Razor’s Edge.
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Chris Fleming is Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University, where he is also a member of the Writing and Society Research Centre. He is the author of the acclaimed memoir On Drugs (2019) and has written widely on literature, philosophy, and culture. His most recent academic book is Modern Conspiracy: The Importance of Being Paranoid (with Emma A. Jane).
Antony Loewenstein is an author and journalist who has written for publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, the BBC, The Washington Post and The Nation. He is the author of Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out ofCatastrophe and wrote and co-produced the associated documentary. Other books include My Israel Question, Profits of Doom and his most recent book on the international drug trade, Pills, Powder, and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs.
Mandy Whyte is a New Zealander who has worked for thirty years advising and managing aid and development programmes in the Pacific and Indonesia, and currently in the Solomon Islands. Dancing on a Razor’s Edge is her first book.
David Penberthy co-hosts the Breakfast Show on 5AA and has been a columnist with News Limited for 20 years. He has edited The Daily Telegraph, Adelaide’s Sunday Mail and news.com.au. As state political editor for The Daily Telegraph, he covered the NSW Carr Labor Government from 1999-2004.