De-Amalgamation Jubilation

With more than 80% of the Noosa community eligible to vote supporting de-amalgamation, a long shadow cast by the development and financial threats of forced amalgamation at the behest of the Bligh government five years ago has been dispersed. Once again, Noosa will be free to pursue its local, sustainable destiny in accordance with the . . . → Read More if you dare: De-Amalgamation Jubilation

For a Global Parachute : Revising Marxian Economics

Professor Richard D. Wolff: This four part course provides a working foundation in the core concepts of Marxian economic theory – necessary and surplus labor, labor power, surplus value, exploitation, capital accumulation, distributions of the surplus, capitalist crises, and the differences between capitalist and other class structures. In addition, these core concepts will be . . . → Read More if you dare: For a Global Parachute : Revising Marxian Economics

Slavoj Zizek : Are We Living in the End Times?

One of my favourite contemporary thinkers, Slavoj Zizek, expounds on apocalypse via capitalist degeneracy. The downside about being declared the messiah is that they generally come to a sticky end ‘CIA response to Assange assassination FOI on Scribd.com: This is a final response to your 11 October FOI Act request for all copies of . . . → Read More if you dare: Slavoj Zizek : Are We Living in the End Times?

Life and Debt – the chains of globalisation and neoliberal imperialism

This film is a powerful exposes of the way vulnerable countries are ruthlessly farmed by empire and its mercantilist consorts, assisted by the World Bank and IMF, to the detriment of local people and environment. Don’t just sit stunned after watching, get out there and challenge the corporations and countries who enslave people for . . . → Read More if you dare: Life and Debt – the chains of globalisation and neoliberal imperialism

An extraordinary complex peace

Kevin Rudd is optimistic of the survival of western hegemony for at least another 15 years, as it shifts to a balance of powers rather than US unilateralism. This is reflected already in the expansion of the G7 to the G20, to include representation from most blocs, with under-representation from Africa and South East Asian . . . → Read More if you dare: An extraordinary complex peace

Protest Conroy’s censorwall on Saturday

Government Digital Economy Blog Launch

Lindsay Tanner gives a well-crafted introduction to the new Government Digital Economy blog, which is to be open for a whole 18 days. The Oz government is offering to receive online policy suggestions which contribute to their Future Directions paper to be released early next year. Some of the themes to be explored include: What . . . → Read More if you dare: Government Digital Economy Blog Launch

A Sustainable Australia

Andrew McNamara, Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation, gave an impressive, lucid speech to the Brisbane Institute on the need for sustainable planning within Australia. McNamara quoted the wise words of Bob Carr in 1997: “I think people are ready to grasp the argument that the unsustainable growth in population numbers is degrading our . . . → Read More if you dare: A Sustainable Australia