Cheap on the things that matter


Sometimes it is hard to believe the "careful money-manager" spin on Australian Federal spending. Of course it masks what looks like negligence toward other Australians, or a really nasty attitude toward those citizens who lack the political muscle, or the platform, to question some very poor policies. These decisions can really carry life-changing consequences. When … Continue reading Cheap on the things that matter

The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood-the book reviewed


Margaret AtwoodTHE HANDMAID'S TALEISBN 978-0-099-51166-3 The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel, written by Margaret Attwood, and published in 1985. It is presented as a first person narrative, by an unnamed woman. She is now known only by her new name, Offred, given to her since the new regime took power. It denotes that she … Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood-the book reviewed

The rise and fall of a caring Australia


If we use Western history as a sort of roadmap to ending human misery, we see that there is a basic, minimum set of pre-conditions which might contribute to a full, non-miserable life. We can easily guess what they are, even if we have never really suffered. We have seen them gradually introduced, over centuries. … Continue reading The rise and fall of a caring Australia