This ABC Q&A debacle just keeps getting bigger. Yesterday we saw all the confected conservative outrage about this, and then the ABC pulled the episode from iView online (I haven’t checked to see if it is back up yet). And now we see more self-censorship from the ABC over this issue. Keep in mind that … More Calling The Fourth Estate… Please Report To Our Demoracy!
This is the sort of evil Social Darwinism that underpins neoliberalism. This is why people like this must never have influence over our political and social systems.
Proponents of ‘rational actor’ economic theories advance a simple premise: If you did something, you did it because it increased your happiness. The problem with this (as with all ‘rational actor’ theories), is that humans generally aren’t very rational beings. So while we may do things that make us temporarily happy, we don’t have a … More Is An Addiction To Consumerism Making Us Unhappy?
This poisoned berry thing (the berries with Hepatitis A), is a good example of the externalities associated with globalisation. Notwithstanding some of the good globalisation does for the third world, it’s really a fairly insidious mechanism to allow reduced standards and wages that wouldn’t otherwise be allowed in the first world countries. And while we … More Globalisation: Shortcutting Modern Industrial Relations And Safety Standards?
800 years after the Magna Carta, and it could be time for MC 2.0. With increasing use of retrospective laws, state secrecy, state spying, restricting/outlawing protest, and a general lack of political accountability, we definitely need it. I couldn’t help shaking my head today while watching Abbott, Bronwyn Bishop, and Shorten talk about the importance … More It’s time for Magna Carta – The Sequel!
Anyone who is “surpris[ed] that politicians don’t seem much worried how badly they are regarded”, hasn’t been following the political system much for the last 20 odd years. Which makes sense, as Michelle Gratton, the author of this article was part of the Canberra press gallery, which is part of the problem in our democracy. … More Politicians Are Largely Untrusted
This blog is associated with the Politics For People Not Corporations Facbook page which represents a movement of people who wish to reclaim our political system to work for us as opposed to corporations. A fundamental principle of democracy that it should represent the wishes of the people is not solely a ‘left’ or ‘right’ issue. It’s a ‘people’ issue. … More What’s This Blog All About?