Quick Quips: What Is a Lie?

18/06/2019

The Economist posted a video a couple of months ago discussing whether or not politicians lie. I didn’t agree with most of it, seeing as their conclusion was that something was only a lie if the person telling it had the intent and knowledge they were doing so. They instead try to palm certain things off – even Trump’s antics – as things like ‘exaggeration’, ‘untruths’ (isn’t that just synonymous with lies?), ‘nonsense’, or (quoting the academic prowess of a philosopher) ‘bullshit’. How trite.

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Time to Rethink ANZUS?

13/06/2019

Since the election of Donald Trump, there have been two main approaches in Australia regarding our relationship with the US. The first is backing away from them entirely and reconsidering how we interact with an increasingly erratic global superpower, and the other is the argument whereby all of Australia will be prone to imminent security risks should we so much as cough without American protection. One aspect of this is discussing how relevant the ANZUS Treaty is.

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US Election Interference

12/06/2019

In the UK! Forget Russia’s miniscule impact on the 2016 election in a country that can hardly call itself a democracy in the first place, the US is reversing the imperialist narrative. What was once a world dominated by European, mainly British, interests has now become one of American interests. It has gone full circle, with the US being quite forward about their UK leadership preferences.

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Institutionalised Racism in Australia

11/06/2019

The new series on Netflix, When They See Us, has taken America and the media by storm. I have not watched it myself, but have read into it and watched an interview the director of the series did with Democracy Now!. There really is very little to say other than take the time to look into and understand it, because the clips I have seen, and details of the story, are damning proof, if anyone was still in doubt, about the rampant institutionalised (or in some cases blatant) racism that exists in Western societies. Australia is not exempt.

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Double Standards: Attacks on Jeremy Corbyn

28/05/2019

In my very first piece I referred to a disagreement (over North Korea) I had with an American I generally respect, although his political opinions sometimes baffle me. This week, in the wake of Theresa May announcing her resignation, he had the same thought I did – Boris Johnson will likely take control, for ill, of course. But in the comments of that post he completely discarded the Labour Party and smeared Jeremy Corbyn with shaky accusations – mainstream media accusations.

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Quick Quips: Now That’s Over…

21/05/2019

While I’ve been consciously taking the time to pick up on important global events, it has been easy that last couple of weeks to have been caught up in the spiralling election coverage here in Australia. So now that our quiet corner of the world has been rightfully criticised by the world, what better time to throw our sights elsewhere? Just a short one this evening.

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Ben Shapiro: The “Destroyer” Gets “Destroyed”

12/05/2019

In a BBC interview that went viral, ‘conservative’ commentator, writer, and ‘intellectual’ Ben Shapiro cut the conversation short with interviewer Andrew Neil. He has since apologised for his conduct and to Neil, but it was a perfect showcase of a previous point I’ve made about the likes of Shapiro. What he and his followers consider “intellectual” is in fact unrivalled arrogance, with no small dash of hypocrisy.

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Reject the Media Narrative – It’s Undermining Our Democracy

11/05/2019

I still often see attacks on the ABC for being a ‘leftist rag’ and for being supportive of a ‘communist’ Labor-Greens government. Never mind the fact that Labor and the Greens aren’t the best of friends, nor in any context communist or socialist. Also never mind the fact that the ABC has had its budget cut drastically by the Coalition, with threats of privatisation, and that many of the ABC’s top positions are stacked with friends of the Liberal Party and/or private interests – Ita Buttrose comes to mind. But it’s not just the ABC – almost all of our media is rooting for the Coalition.

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Aristotle and Climate Change

09/05/2019

I can assure you that there is a connection between the Ancient Greek philosopher and the environmental catastrophe we are facing today. Specifically, I’m only one chapter into Aristotle’s The Art of Rhetoric and already there is truth to his words. Turns out, there are idiots in the world who will believe anything if persuaded – who knew.

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