Category: Economics

Should Australian progressives pay attention to George Lakoff?

We live in a post-fact world. I assert this for two reasons. Firstly, because it crystallises the conservative approach to public discourse, which is largely exemplified by lying, lying loudly and lying often. Secondly, because increasing scientific research demonstrates that most people don’t use facts and evidence to form views and attitudes, or influence behaviour. […]

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Why we need a job guarantee in Australia

Victorian Labor released a policy document entitled “Labor’s Plan for Jobs and Growth” in November, detailing some “practical and affordable initiatives” to “kick-start” the Victorian economy. It’s opening paragraph highlights the importance of a job: A job provides dignity, a sense of purpose, a productive contribution to the community and an income to support a […]

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Has globalisation reduced poverty?

The other day, I had one of those Twitter discussions with Scott Steel (AKA Possum Pollytics) and Shaun Ratcliff about poverty and capitalism. It started from a tweet by Steel: Was asking about 3D printing as part of wondering whether it will redefine poverty. When shit becomes so cheap to be absolutely ubiquitous I replied: […]

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Tony Abbott and the debt ceiling playbook

The Government should be forced to specifically justify this, not to just sweep it under the carpet and allow it to go through in the appropriations because by convention the Opposition doesn’t oppose the appropriations. I think we do need to take a very, very seriously critical look at this question of the debt ceiling. […]

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