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Should Australian progressives pay attention to George Lakoff?

This blog post is 6 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.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 …

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Has globalisation reduced poverty?

This blog post is 7 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.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 …

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Universities caught out by public service ethos

This blog post is 9 years old. Please, when reading this, be mindful of its age.Peter Quiddington from The Australian Higher Education supplement wrote today: As a group, Australia’s university leaders have largely failed in their primary task of arguing a coherent case for higher education in order to ensure sustainable levels of funding through …

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