ARE WE CAUSING IT? WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
“Call it Mother, if you will…but Earth is not a doting parent.” (Isaac Asimov). Rather, a “tough love” mother?
“Everything is connected to everything else.” (Ecologist/economist Barry Commoner, ca. 1970). Also Commoner:
“Environmental impact = population x consumption per capita x impact per unit of consumption (ie. technology).”
“The tragedy of the (global) commons”. Garrett Hardin’s 1968 essay: abuse of atmosphere, oceans, rivers, lands, forests.
The current uncertainty concerning the continuity of Tony Abbott’s prime ministership has raised the distinct and welcome possibility of Malcolm Turnbull succeeding him to that high office. Should there be a Turnbull prime ministerial succession then hopefully the leadership uncertainty which has bedevilled Australia since the Howard government’s demise in 2007 will end.LEARN MORE
The crisis situation in Iraq has inevitably resulted in the assertion that it was inherently wrong for the United States led coalition in 2003 to have liberated that nation from Saddam Hussein’s tyranny. This analysis has in turn led to an implicit, if not actual, opposition to the United States taking military action via air support for the Maliki government in Baghdad against the brutal fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).LEARN MORE
It is imperative in a complex world that national leaders be neo-Bonapartists, i.e. independent political actors who are not captive to vested interests. A wide range of leadership examples is analysed by Dr. David Paul Bennett to convey the contemporary importance of neo-Bonapartism.LEARN MORE
The unfortunate fall of the Gillard government probably places Australia back on course to becoming a rentier state with the exodus of moderates from the ALP. The question therefore emerges as to whether Kevin Rudd or Malcolm Turnbull will either allow or oppose Australia succumbing to rent-seeking.LEARN MORE