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The face of willful ignorance
Ad astra, The Political Sword, 30 April 2017
To whom do you believe I’m referring? There are no prizes for correct answers! I’m referring to someone who I believe is guilty of immoral ignorance. His actions have the potential to destroy our civilization, not today or next week, but in the foreseeable future – we don’t know when, nor does he. I am referring to Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America.
The report card
2353NM, The Political Sword, 23 April 2017
Former Minister and Liberal Party Director Andrew Robb recently completed an investigation into the poor performance of the Liberal Party in the 2016 federal election. Yes, they won by a whisker, but losing 14 seats is a drubbing. Former PM Abbott’s Chief of Staff, Peta Credlin, writing for the Daily Telegraph has her theory:
On two separate occasions over the past 10 years, Malcolm Turnbull has plotted to seize the Liberal Party leadership from the incumbent. On both occasions, the polls hit high highs, and then low lows. On both occasions, the base deserted Turnbull and on both occasions, the considered judgment was he had a plan to take the leadership but he had no plan to run the party, or the country.
Discrimination for being a white male – seriously?
2353NM, TPS Extra, 20 April 2017
Australia has recently been subject to a debate over proposed changed to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. The changes were seen by conservatives to be necessary as there were some evidence to suggest that the Courts found that sometimes, some of their rank were found guilty of harassing, offending or insulting others based on their race or religion. During the debate, Senator Brandis further added that he found it "deeply offensive and insulting" for Labor and the Greens to say his campaign for the changes to race hate laws had something to do with him being a white man.
Open letter to PM Turnbull about automation
Ad astra, TPS Extra, 16 April 2017
The people of Australia are aware of your desire that this nation and its people be agile, enterprising, and ever ready to adapt to change. I applaud your aspiration.
While some changes receive much publicity such as global warming, there is another, just as crucial, but which scarcely receives a mention. I am referring to the march of automation and the consequent displacement of humans from work they once did.
How are the ‘adults’ managing our economy?
Ad astra, The Political Sword, 12 April 2017
Who will ever forget the insults, the slurs, and the slander that the Coalition heaped upon Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and Wayne Swan as they managed the economy through the Global Financial Crisis and beyond? They were depicted as incompetent children playing games in an economic sandpit with no idea of what they were doing, making one catastrophic mistake after another. Remember how the Coalition boasted that the children should get out of the way and let the adults take over, insisting as they did that they were the experts at economic management.
The winds of change
2353NM, The Political Sword, 9 April 2017
Question – What do Mark Latham, YouTube, Nicola Sturgeon, Theresa May and Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act have in common? The question could be answered by suggesting the winds of change are in the air.
2353NM, The Political Sword, 4 April 2017
You may have noticed some of our more conservative politicians reacting to the recent terrorist attacks in London and Europe by calling for bans on the Islamic religion or the expelling of all those who have similar beliefs. Apart from the lack of logic that is implied by suggesting that somehow ‘the authorities’ have some way of reading or controlling people’s minds, how do you differentiate between the person with the ‘suspicious’ name that has been resident in a country for two years apart from the person with the ‘suspicious’ name that has generations of ‘local’ heritage.
How will those displaced by technology survive?
Ad astra, The Political Sword, 28 March 2017
Twenty Twenty-Four – our Orwellian destiny?
drew parallels between the disturbing prophesies in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four
and the disquieting situation we are now experiencing as sophisticated technologies – robots and algorithms – are enabling the collection of more and more personal data. There is though an even more distressing accompaniment to these technological advances – the displacement of human workers by robots and algorithms. This piece addresses this issue.
Vale Ken Wolff
TPS Team, The Political Sword, 22 March 2017
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our close colleague and dear friend, Ken Wolff.
His last published article at The Political Sword
was What to watch for in 2017
: his sudden death was not what we anticipated.
Thou shall not hate
2353NM, The Political Sword, 19 March 2017
If the name Milo Yiannopoulos means nothing to you, congratulations on being a normal, well-adjusted person. Yiannopoulos is someone we all aspire to be the complete opposite of. He was until very recently, an alt-right figurehead and said all the ‘right’ things. According to The Guardian
he did a fine line in Islamophobia, misogyny, transphobia or harassment. Out Magazine
, (which takes pride in its LGBTI heritage) called him a ‘super villain’.