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Patriots in a Red Dirt Land

October 5, 2019 - 17:52 -- Admin

It has been written elsewhere that Patriotism is but a short goose-step away from Fascism, and that Nationalism is but a short spurt of frenzied flag-waving away from Totalitarianism. There is more than just a shade of truth in all of that. Beneath the veneer of our myths of egalitarianism, and beneath the myths of…

Adjunct imperialist clowns (part 1)

October 5, 2019 - 16:00 -- Admin

By Dr George Venturini   3. Adjunct imperialist clowns “Why write a book about such a happy country?” asked Donald Horne at the beginning of The lucky country. And he proceeded systematically to explain. “One reason is that it is not so happy: one can learn something about happiness by examining Australia – its lingering puritanism,…

Empathy. They have none.

October 5, 2019 - 12:45 -- Admin

By RosemaryJ36 Anne Ruston and Peter Dutton stand out among their Coalition colleagues, since both stand out as seeming to be supremely incapable of seeing life as it really is. Their blindness to the fact that the majority of people forced to be dependent on Newstart are not drug addicts or malingerers and that the…

Conservatives can’t keep up

October 5, 2019 - 10:04 -- Admin

Conservative ideology and policy making is informed by the past and constrained by current capability.  It struggles with recognising the challenges of the future and the innovation needed to deal with them. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the eye-watering sums that we waste on so-called defence spending. In the four budgets since the…

6 million humans say “no” to climate crisis and “yes” to life

October 3, 2019 - 17:41 -- Admin

As a writer and human being this one continues to reflect upon what all lies behind the climate crisis protests of the past and what all will be involved in the future if the intent is to truly tackle “the forces crushing the planet.” Especially when it comes down to just how hopelessly out-of-touch many…