The debate can be clarified by distinguishing quality from quantity. We can aspire to reduce the quantity of resources we use even as we continue to improve our quality of life. Whether the GDP rises or falls as we do so becomes irrelevant. Given that many exploitative and polluting activities are counted as positives in the GDP, it is quite plausible that the GDP would decline even as our quality of life improves.… Read More An economy that shrinks quantity and grows quality
What fierce level of denialism must they call upon, so that no hint of the apocalypse they may be unleashing intrudes upon their awareness, relationships and dreams?… Read More Fossil Criminals
War traumatises people, who then become fearful. Their response to conflicting needs or wants is to fight. Thus war perpetuates itself. Perhaps that is why written history, the kind that tells the stories of cities and empires, is such mayhem. Perhaps it is why many people claim we are innately evil, even though most of us usually live peaceably in our neighbourhoods.… Read More The Spiral of Conflict and Trauma
It is possible to create a much fairer, safer and more durable society than we have at present. The means are available, if we dispense with myths and special interests. It is there for us to do.… Read More A Thrival Budget
We ought, more accurately, to talk about the money supplied by the the federal government, instead of a deficit in government accounts. The so-called government deficit is also the private sector’s surplus, which it can use constructively.… Read More Two big budget fallacies harming Australians
The neoliberal, social engineering experiment in privatisation has been an economic failure and a social disaster. Underpaid, insecure, fearful people can become desperate. They can look for someone to blame, and someone to save them.… Read More What if Labor has still got it all wrong?
Labor clearly is in climate denial. You cannot promote huge fossil fuel extraction projects if you understand the climate is critically close to tipping into unstoppable runaway. Or perhaps it is already tipping, for all we know… We, the Australian public, are paying extra to trash the planet faster.… Read More Labor’s climate denial, and lies
What is good for one boss is not necessarily good for all bosses. To see the point, imagine all bosses stopped paying their workers. No-one would have money to buy anything and the economy would collapse. The bosses would go broke too.… Read More Higher wages are good for the economy
The ‘skills shortage’ that we hear of incessantly reflects two things. One is that we have not been educating and training our young people properly. That would be because our TAFEs have been outsourced and wrecked and our universities gutted in the name of neoliberal market fundamentalism.… Read More Jobs summit: Aren’t we capable of providing for ourselves?
Why are children being imprisoned? The law of the land says children as young as ten can be ‘detained’, incarcerated, whatever euphemism you want to use for prison. When did this happen?… Read More Things we should ban, right now