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
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?
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