Category Archives: politics

67. How Can We Treat Refugees Humanely? – An Australian Perspective

Refugees,  or more par­tic­u­larly asy­lum seek­ers arriv­ing by boat in Aus­tralian ter­ri­tory with­out prior autho­riza­tion, are a hot but­ton polit­i­cal issue in Aus­tralia. The pub­lic sen­ti­ment against them has hard­ened in the last sev­eral years, partly as a result of … Con­tinue read­ing

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66. What will be the dominant ideologies of the 21st Century?

The 20th Cen­tury revolved polit­i­cally around com­pet­ing inter­pre­ta­tions of Cap­i­tal­ism, Com­mu­nism, Social­ism and Fas­cism. These are all ways to orga­nize the lives of peo­ple on a large scale. Are real alter­na­tives or new inter­pre­ta­tions likely to emerge in the chal­leng­ing years … Con­tinue read­ing

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65. The Precariously Employed – that’s you, today or tomorrow – A Search for a New World Order

This is a work in pro­gress. Revi­sion and exten­sion is likely. The topic is immense, but immensely impor­tant. Ideas and con­tri­bu­tions are wel­come.  –  Thor _________________________________________________________________________   Com­ment   1. From the late 18th Cen­tury in Europe lead­ing thinkers became … Con­tinue read­ing

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64. Democratic societies are less likely to make war than dictatorships. What is the evidence?

D fears the insur­rec­tion of my eye­brows; Blow us away, my storm trooper of the army of dreams,  Lay us out in rows to moul­der. Who will be left in this Val­halla of brave poses  To wash the dishes, com­rade, When … Con­tinue read­ing

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62. Economic Complexity and the Engine of Psychology

Con­text: The essay con­sid­ers eco­nom­ics as a psy­cho­log­i­cal phe­nom­e­non with the char­ac­ter­is­tics of a com­plex dynamic sys­tem. It is an ini­tial and some­what play­ful explo­ration, not a math­e­mat­i­cal paper on sys­tems the­ory. The orig­i­nal con­text was a dis­cus­sion group back­ground … Con­tinue read­ing

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61. Ethical Behaviour is Harder for the Rich

Con­text: The mate­rial here com­prises dis­cus­sion points and some ref­er­ence links for a diverse group of peo­ple in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia, who fancy them­selves as “gen­tle thinkers”, and who meet from time to time to talk things over. All kinds of … Con­tinue read­ing

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60. The Democracy Problem

Con­text: The mate­rial here com­prises dis­cus­sion points and some ref­er­ence links for a diverse group of peo­ple in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia, who fancy them­selves as “gen­tle thinkers”, and who meet from time to time to talk things over. All kinds of … Con­tinue read­ing

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