Brian Martin: publications on “other topics”

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Brian Martin. Justice Ignited: The Dynamics of Backfire (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007). The backfire model explained with many case studies, including Sharpeville, Dili, Dharasana, Rodney King beating, whistleblowers, dismissal of Ted Steele, environmental disasters, invasion of Iraq, Abu Ghraib, torture technology, and terrorism.

Lyn Carson and Brian Martin. Random Selection in Politics (Westport, CT: Praeger, 1999). Full text available.

Brian Martin. The Whistleblower's Handbook: How to Be an Effective Resister (Charlbury, UK: Jon Carpenter; Sydney: Envirobook, 1999). Full text available.

Articles and chapters

Brian Martin. Expertise and equality. Social Anarchism, No. 42, 2008-2009, pp. 10-20. The role of expertise in a society based on equality.

Brian Martin. The Henson affair: conflicting injustices. Australian Review of Public Affairs, July 2008. Tactics used in relation to Bill Henson's photographs of a naked girl are assessed as to whether they are characteristic of those used by perpetrators of injustice.

Brian Martin. Varieties of dissent. In Stephen P. Banks (ed.), Dissent and the Failure of Leadership (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2008), pp. 22-36.

Kylie Smith and Brian Martin. Tactics of labor struggles. Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, Vol. 19, No. 3, September 2007, pp. 193-206. How employers try to reduce outrage from anti-worker actions, with special attention to Patricks versus the Maritime Union of Australia.

Brian Martin. Slow injustice. Social Alternatives, Vol. 26, No. 4, Fourth Quarter 2007, pp. 5-9.

Brian Martin. Energising dissent. D!ssent, No. 24, Spring 2007, pp. 62-64: methods of resisting suppression of dissent, with a focus on Australia.

Truda Gray and Brian Martin. Defamation and the art of backfire. Deakin Law Review, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2006, pp. 115-136. Five examples are used to show how defamation suits can backfire.

Brian Martin. Social testing. Social Alternatives, Vol. 25, No. 4, Fourth Quarter 2006, pp. 39-42. Social alternatives require large-scale experimentation.

Greg Scott and Brian Martin. Tactics against sexual harassment: the role of backfire. Journal of International Women's Studies, Vol. 7, No. 4, May 2006, pp. 111-125.

Brian Martin. Bucking the system: Andrew Wilkie and the difficult task of the whistleblower. Overland, No. 180, Spring 2005, pp. 45-48.

Brian Martin and Truda Gray. How to make defamation threats and actions backfire. Australian Journalism Review, Vol. 27, No. 1, July 2005, pp. 157-166.

Sue Curry Jansen and Brian Martin. Exposing and opposing censorship: backfire dynamics in freedom-of-speech struggles. Pacific Journalism Review, Vol. 10, No. 1, April 2004, pp. 29-45.

Brian Martin and Brian Yecies. Disney through the Web looking glass. First Monday: Peer-Reviewed Journal on the Internet, Vol. 9, Issue 6, June 2004. An examination of anti-Disney websites.

Brian Martin with Will Rifkin. The dynamics of employee dissent: whistleblowers and organizational jiu-jitsu. Public Organization Review, Vol. 4, 2004, pp. 221-238.

Brian Martin. Telling lies for a better world? Social Anarchism, No. 35, 2003-2004, pp. 27-39.

Brian Martin. Illusions of whistleblower protection. UTS Law Review, No. 5, 2003, pp. 119-130.

Brian Martin. Citizen advocacy and paid advocacy: a comparison. Interaction, Vol. 17, Issue 1, 2003, pp. 15-20.

Sue Curry Jansen and Brian Martin. Making censorship backfire. Counterpoise, Vol. 7, No. 3, July 2003, pp. 5-15.

Brian Martin. The difficulty with alternatives. Social Alternatives, Vol. 21, No. 3, Winter 2002, pp. 6-10.

Lyn Carson and Brian Martin. Random selection of citizens for technological decision making. Science and Public Policy, Vol. 29, No. 2, April 2002, pp. 105-113.

Ross Colquhoun and Brian Martin. Constructing social action. Philosophy and Social Action, Vol. 27, No. 4, October-December 2001, pp. 7-23.

Brian Martin. Activists and "difficult people". Social Anarchism, Number 30, 2001, pp. 27-47. Also available in pdf.

Brian Martin. Design flaws of the Olympics. Social Alternatives, Vol. 19, No. 2, April 2000, pp. 19-23.

Brian Martin. Defamation havens. First Monday: Peer-Reviewed Journal on the Internet, Vol. 5, No. 3, March 2000. How to use the web to challenge censorship-via-defamation-law.

Brian Martin. Democracy without elections. Social Anarchism, No. 21, 1995-1996. Reprinted in Finnish in Timo Ahonen et al. (eds.), Väärin Ajateltua: Anarkistisia Puheenvuoroja Herruudettomasta Yhteiskunnasta (Kampus Kustannus, 2001), pp. 113-144. A truncated version appeared in Bulletin of Anarchist Research, No. 25, pp. 8-20 (Autumn 1991). An earlier, greatly abridged version appeared in Social Alternatives, Vol. 8, No. 4, January 1990, pp. 13-18. Reprinted in Russian in Black Line, supplement, 1993, pp. 7-27. Revised version in Howard Ehrlich (ed.), Reinventing Anarchy Again (Edinburgh: AK Press, 1996), pp. 123-136.

Brian Martin. Against intellectual property. Philosophy and Social Action , Vol. 21, No. 3, July-September 1995, pp. 7-22. Reprinted in Journal of Intellectual Property Rights , Vol. 1, No. 5, September 1996, pp. 257-270; Peter Drahos (ed.), Intellectual Property (International Library of Essays in Law and Legal Theory) (Aldershot, UK: Dartmouth, 1999), pp. 517-532; Richard Stallman et al., The Collection of Free Software Foundation Documents (Yunnan University Press, 2003), pp. 284-301 (in Chinese); Indymedia Romania, (portions; in Romanian).

Brian Martin. Eliminating state crime by abolishing the state. In Jeffrey Ian Ross (ed.), Controlling State Crime: An Introduction. New York: Garland (1995), pp. 389-417.

Brian Martin. Protest in a liberal democracy. Philosophy and Social Action, Vol. 20, Nos. 1-2, January-June 1994, pp. 13-24. An earlier version appeared in Human Rights Commission, The Right of Peace Protest Seminar, Canberra, 3-4 July 1986 Papers, Occasional Paper No. 14 (Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1986), pp. 93-117.

Brian Martin. Compulsory voting: a useful target for anti-state action? The Raven, Vol. 4, No. 2, April-June 1991, pp. 130-139.

Brian Martin. Green election fever. Chain Reaction, No. 59, pp. 24-27 (Spring 1989).

Ray Kent, Brian Martin, Val Plumwood, Ann Thomson, Rosemary Walters and Ian Watson. Bureaucracy. In: 1984 and Social Control (Sydney, 1985), pp. 25-33.

Brian Martin. Psychic origins in the future. Parapsychology Review, Vol. 14, No. 3, May-June 1983, pp. 1-7.

James A. Donald and Brian Martin. Time-symmetric thermodynamics and causality violation. European Journal of Parapsychology, Vol. 1, No. 3, November 1976, pp. 17-36.

Robert M. May and Brian Martin. Voting models incorporating interactions between voters. Public Choice, Vol. 22, Summer 1975, pp. 37-53.

Lead articles in guest-edited journals

Brian Martin. Theory and social action. Philosophy and Social Action, vol. 16, No. 4, October-December 1990, pp. 3-4.

Brian Martin. Power tends to corrupt. Philosophy and Social Action, vol. 16, No. 3, July-September 1990, pp. 3-5.

Brian Martin. The issue of intellectual suppression. Philosophy and Social Action, Vol. 14, No. 1, January-March 1988, pp. 3-13.

Other articles

Brian Martin. Telling your story. The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 59, July 2009, pp. 13-14.

Brian Martin. Anarchist theory: what should be done? Anarchist Studies, Vol. 15, No. 2, 2007, pp. 106-108.

Brian Martin. Caught in the defamation net. GP Solo (American Bar Association General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division), Vol. 23, No. 1, January/February 2006, pp. 48-51.

Brian Martin. What to do when you've been defamed. The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 45, February 2006, pp. 11-12.

Brian Martin and Lyn Carson. Getting over post-election blues. Australian Review of Public Affairs, 14 February 2005.

Sharon Callaghan and Brian Martin. Igniting concern about refugee injustice. In: Rick Flowers (ed.), Education and Social Action Conference, 6-8 December 2004 (Sydney: Centre for Popular Education, University of Technology, Sydney, 2004), pp. 299-303.

Brian Martin. Citizen advocacy futures. Citizen Advocacy Forum, Volume 14, Issue I & II, January-December 2004, pp. 44-49.

Julie Clarke and Brian Martin. Reflections on protégé recruitment. Citizen Advocacy Forum, Volume 13, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2003, pp. 3-4.

Brian Martin. Bystanders. The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), July 2002, pp. 10-11.

Brian Martin. Overcoming barriers to information. The Drawing Board: An Australian Review of Public Affairs, Digest, 12 April 2002,

Brian Martin. Making citizen advocacy contagious. Citizen Advocacy Forum, Vol. 11, No. 2, November 2001, pp. 29-30.

Brian Martin. Why the system never seems to work. The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), June 2001, pp. 3-4.

Brian Martin. A passion for planning. Social Alternatives, Vol. 20, No. 2, May 2001, pp. 27-29.

Brian Martin. Myths of whistleblowing. D!ssent, No. 4, Summer 2000/2001, pp. 55-56.

Brian Martin. Australian republic: so what? Freedom, Vol. 60, No. 24, 11 December 1999, p. 6; a version appeared in Broad Left (Wollongong), No. 110, December 1999, p.2.

Brian Martin. Valuing whistleblowers. The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), May 1998, pp. 9-10.

Brian Martin. Whistleblowers Australia: strengths, weaknesses and future directions. The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), December 1997, pp. 13-15.

Brian Martin. Giving and receiving support. The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), August 1997, pp. 8-9.

Brian Martin. Talking about whistleblowing. The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), May 1997, pp. 2-4.

Brian Martin. Corporate culture: poison for whistleblowers. The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), March 1997, pp. 1-2.

Brian Martin. Bureaucracy and whistleblowing The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), January 1997, pp. 1-2.

Brian Martin. Ten areas for anarchist initiatives: a personal list. In: Visions of Freedom (Sydney: Visions of Freedom, 1996), pp. 36-37; reprinted in Social Anarchism, No. 24, 1997, pp. 31-33.

Brian Martin. Writing to authorities: is it worthwhile? The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), October 1996, pp. 1-2.

Brian Martin. From the national president. The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), August 1996, pp. 1-2.

Brian Martin. Ten reasons to oppose all Olympic Games. Freedom, Vol. 57, No. 15, 3 August 1996, p. 7; abridged version, Green Left, 22 May 1996, p. 13. Reprinted in Pan-Americano de 2007: grande negócio para quem? (Rio de Janeiro: PACS, 2005), pp. 54-63 (in Portuguese).

Brian Martin. From the national president. The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), June 1996, pp. 1-2.

Brian Martin. From the national president. The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), April 1996, p. 1.

Brian Martin. From the national president. The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), February 1996, pp. 1-2.

Brian Martin. Suppression and the law. Peace News, December 1995, p. 11.

Brian Martin. Sex and social activists: sometimes an abuse of trust. Nonviolence Today, No. 35, November/December 1993, pp. 7-8.

Brian Martin. Demarchy: a democratic alternative to electoral politics. Kick It Over, No. 30, Fall 1992, pp. 11-13. A short treatment of demarchy plus a critique by Nils Connor.

Brian Martin. Australian political antics. Freedom, Vol. 53, No. 4, 22 February 1992, p. 4.

Brian Martin. Ownership of information in the United States and Australia: summary of a talk by Professor Sheila Slaughter. Minder: Occasional Newsletter of the University of Wollongong Staff Association, 31 May 1991, p. 4.

Demarchy (pamphlet). Wollongong: By Lot, 1989, revised 2001.

Jane Elix and Brian Martin. Sexual harassment: the hidden problem. ANU Reporter, Vol. 15, No. 15, 28 September 1984, p. 6.

Brian Martin. Age discrimination in academia. ANU Reporter, Vol. 15, No. 11, 27 July 1984, p. 2.

Brian Martin. Some references on organising and related topics. Groundswell, Vol. 1, No. 2, p. 15 (January 1983).

Brian Martin. Disruption vs organisation. Social Alternatives, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 42-43 (June 1982).


"Resisting micromanagement", review of Harry E. Chambers, My Way or the Highway: The Micromanagement Survival Guide, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 56, October 2008, pp. 13-14.

Review of Kathleen D. Ryan, Daniel K. Oestreich and George A. Orr III, The Courageous Messenger: How to Successfully Speak Up at Work, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 54, April 2008, pp. 8-9.

"The courage of a 'filthy rat' ", review of Simon Illingworth, Filthy Rat, in The Whistle (Newsletter of Whistleblowers Australia), No. 49, January 2007, pp. 8-9.

"What's the meaning of whistleblowing?", review of C. Fred Alford, Whistleblowers: Broken Lives and Organizational Power, in The Whistle, January 2002, pp. 6-7.

Review of Ronald V. Bettig, Copyrighting Culture; Rosemary J. Coombe, The Cultural Life of Intellectual Properties; Debora J. Halbert, Intellectual Property in the Information Age; Seth Shulman, Owning the Future, in Prometheus, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2000, pp. 93-99.

Review of books on bullying at work, in Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 13, No. 4, 2000, pp. 401-408.

"Creating rebels," review of Frank J. Sulloway, Born to Rebel, in Freedom, Vol. 58, No. 22, 15 November 1997, pp. 4-5.

"Speak out - and when you're sued just bite back", review of George W. Pring and Penelope Canan, SLAPPs: Getting Sued for Speaking Out, in The Republican, 15-21 August 1997, pp. 17-18.

"Sexual harassment and nonviolent action", review of Martha J. Langelan, Back Off! How to Confront andStop Sexual Harassment and Harassers, in Nonviolence Today, No. 48, January/February 1996, pp. 8-9.

"How to create your own money", review of Thomas H. Greco, Jr., New Money for Healthy Communities, in Green Left, 16 November 1994, p. 25.

"Power and corruption", review of David Kipnis, The Powerholders and Technology and Power, in Freedom, Vol. 53, No. 16, 8 August 1992, p. 4 and Anarchist Age Monthly Review, No. 22, October 1992, p. 29.

Review of Carl Boggs, Social Movements and Political Power: Emerging Forms of Radicalism in the West, in Social Anarchism, No. 17, 1992, pp. 49-52.

Review of Article 19, Starving in Silence: A Report on Famine and Censorship, in Nonviolence Today, No. 18, December 1990-January 1991, p. 21 and in Chain Reaction, No. 65, March 1992, p. 45.

Review of John Burnheim, Is Democracy Possible?, in Social Anarchism, No. 15, 1990, pp. 78-81.

Review of Gail Skidmore and Theodore Jurgen Spahn, From Radical Left to Extreme Right, in Riverina Library Review, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 16-17 (Spring 1988).

Review of Roger J. Williams, The Prevention of Alcoholism through Nutrition, in Limestone Review, p. 11 (4 October 1984).

Newspaper articles

Brian Martin. Reputation can be repaired. Illawarra Mercury, 29 October 2008, p. 20. On erasing Wollongong's reputation for corruption.

Brian Martin. Defamation law fails the test. Illawarra Mercury, 27 August 2008, p. 20. Shortcomings of defamation law for ordinary citizens.

Brian Martin. Brave few expose corruption. Illawarra Mercury, 26 April 2008, p. 56. Tactics against corruption in Wollongong.

Brian Martin. Advocates make great difference. Illawarra Mercury, 1 November 2006, p. 22.

Brian Martin. Hold a cover-up in the open. Sydney Morning Herald, 23 June 2005, p. 15.

Brian Martin. Feet of endurance. Sydney Morning Herald, 29 July 2004, Health & Science p. 2.

Brian Martin. Whistleblowers fan winds of change in society. Campus Review, Vol. 8, No. 28, 22-28 July 1998, p. 10.

Brian Martin. Copyright anomaly in a digital age. The Age (Melbourne), 9 December 1997, p. D9.

Brian Martin. Men: help stop public harassment! Several Australian student newspapers, 1997.

Brian Martin. We must exercise our right to speak out. Australian, 2 January 1997, p. 11.

Brian Martin. Making global decisions. Green Left, 3 November 1993, p. 12.

Brian Martin. Are elections the ultimate in democracy? Green Left, 14 July 1993, p. 12.

Brian Martin. Beware the 'no's of the campus sex triangle--harassment, conflict of interest, abuse of trust. Campus Review, Vol. 3, No. 8, 11-17 March 1993, p. 8.

Brian Martin. Sex must be banned [submitted as "Staff-student sex: an abuse of trust"]. Australian, 23 October 1991, p. 23. Reprinted, in revised form, as "Staff-student sex: abuse of trust and conflict of interest," in William J. Taverner (ed.), Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Human Sexuality (Guilford, CT: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin, 2002), pp. 124-126.

Brian Martin. At liberty to smoke? Illawarra Mercury, 9 December 1987, p. 42. Also published in The Herald, Melbourne.

Brian Martin. Left in the cold as ALP shifts right. Advertiser, 28 October 1987, p. 9.

Brian Martin. Ties boil over Suharto wealth - again. Illawarra Mercury, 6 September 1986, p. 13.

Brian Martin. AIDS - death and prejudice. Tribune, 5 June 1985, p. 10.