Opinion

The ‘latte libel’ is a brilliant strategy. The left cannot counter it with facts alone

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Rational argument and good policy cannot win against the emotional appeal of railing against elites. Just ask Hillary Clinton and Julia Gillard The Guardian Alex Frankel Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was superior to Donald Trump’s in almost every way. But Trump won because he had a stronger, more emotive and relevant narrative. Trump’s campaign borrowed its narrative strategy from the… The ‘latte libel’ is a… Read More »

Corporate culture’s dark side demands attention

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Systemic underpayment of workers, unprecedented evidence of wage fraud, and allegations that foreign workers in the farming industry are so grossly exploited it is tantamount to “modern day slavery”. The Age Welcome to Australia in 2016. For the past two years, The Age‘s journalists have exposed… Corporate culture’s dark side demands… Read More »

White-Collar Supremacy

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Tallahassee, Fla. — Richard B. Spencer is one of the main figures of the alt-right movement, a former doctoral student from Duke whose movement supports the creation of “an ethno-state” for white Europeans and “peaceful ethnic cleansing.” The New York Times By KELLY J. BAKER  The Southern Poverty Law Center describes him as “a suit-and-tie version of the… White-Collar… Read More »

Should public opinion determine policy?

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Political philosophy, like other realms of moral philosophy, deals with issues which cannot be settled by a formal test or procedure – such as a rule of law or the judgment of a political official; either because there is no rule or the rules are unclear, so that someone must first decide what the rule should be. On Line Opinion Max Atkinson A classic issue of political philosophy arises from the decision by the British Government, in response to a ... Read More »

Humanity is cosmically special. Here’s how we know.

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As we give thanks for our many obvious blessings, let’s reflect on a blessing that is less well known, a gift from modern astronomy: how we view ourselves. The Washington Post By Howard A. Smith There was a time, back when astronomy put Earth at the center of the… Humanity is cosmically… Read More »

Peter Dutton the voice of moderation? You have got to be kidding

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Peter Dutton found himself in unfamiliar territory this week, cast as the victim of the “tricky language” and “double talk” of Bill Shorten, all of it designed to cause division and stymie efforts to prevent the radicalisation of alienated young Muslims. The Age Michael Gordon All of a sudden, the potential heir to Tony Abbott as unofficial commander-in-chief of the hard right, and conservative aspirant to the Liberal leadership, was projecting himself as the… Peter Dutton the voice of… Read More »

I’ve been told to ‘go back to my country’ my whole life. First in playgrounds, now by Peter Dutton

Peter Dutton - The Guardian

The immigration minister’s remarks about Lebanese Muslims shows he is unaware of both the history of successful integration, and the direct consequences of his words The Guardian Antoun Issa The outrage directed at Peter Dutton over his misguided comments about Muslims of Lebanese background is a necessary pushback against the growing racist populism sweeping the Western world. Perhaps it was the victory of Donald Trump that emboldened Dutton to… I’ve been told to ‘go back to my country’ my… Read More »

For indigenous reconciliation, words are not enough: Editorial

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When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the chiefs of Canada’s First Nations next month, will he be able to defend his record in good conscience? The Star Last December, within a month of taking office, Justin Trudeau became the… For indigenous reconciliation… Read More »

Joyce McMillan: The great right-wing economic project has failed

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Markets show hypocrisy over borrowing levels that would have seen a Labour government lambasted writes Joyce McMillan Outside, the weather is cold and strange, far more chill than in most recent autumns; and there’s a cold climate indoors… The Scotsman By JOYCE MCMILLAN Joyce McMillan: The… Read More »

Boris Johnson is a clown who has united the EU against Britain

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The foreign secretary’s combination of clumsiness and ignorance has undermined his own country’s exit strategy Jean Quatremer Βritain can be proud of itself. Once again, it had already shown the world the… Boris Johnson is… Read More »

What is concealed by ‘telling it like it is’?

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A certain kind of public language has been emboldened of late in Western politics: call it “straight talking”. ABC It is at once intemperate and inflammatory, it is deliberately non-conciliatory and destined to be widely reported – all in the name of “being honest” with voters. Donald Trump’s claims about… What is concealed by ‘telling… Read More »

Carly came forward about sexual abuse – then she lost her benefits

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Carly lives with terrible pain, but when her benefits were taken away the appeals tribunal was at the same court handling the sexual abuse case The Guardian Frances Ryan The thought of going to court makes Carly feel sick. In her 30s, she has been building up to it for… Carly came forward about sexual abuse… Read More »

Why Peter Dutton’s crime statistics don’t tell the whole story about crime or terrorism in

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We charge individuals with crimes, not ethnic communities. There is an important reason why. The Age Maher Mughrabi Australia’s leaders went out of their way to express concern over the prospect of a President Donald Trump. Now that the prospect is a reality, they are… Why Peter Dutton’s crime statistics don’t… Read More »

No Asians, no black people. Why do gay people tolerate blatant racism?

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Most LGBT ethnic minorities say they’ve faced discrimination, and bigotry on dating sites is a throwback to the 50s. The LGBT community must address this. The Guardian Owen Jones Racism is a serious problem within the LGBT community and needs to be addressed. Despite the determination of many minority ethnic LGBT people to do just that, it is not happening. “How can I be a bigot when I am myself a… No Asians, no black people. Why do… Read More »

Duterte Harry

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At a government press conference, a grandstanding British journalist admonished Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, stating to the President of the Philippines that ‘the social fabric of the Philippines was at risk’ due to the wave of suspicious murders of drug suspects across the country. On Line Opinion William Hill For dramatic effect, the journalist somewhat self-indulgently praised his own bravery in risking a street side execution, merely for questioning Duterte. Critics of President Duterte’s war on… Duterte Harry… Read More »

Nanny knows best

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Recently we heard that a Tasmanian farmer Mr Carter, has had a run in with the Tasmanian Dairy Industry Authority for giving people a taste of raw milk straight from the udder of his dairy cows after a milking demonstration. On line opinion Nicola Wright He has been issued with an infringement notice for this subversive activity even though he isn’t selling raw milk, the justification being that consumption of raw milk carries with it health risks, especially for children. ... Read More »