How Islam is Strangling the West

As I write this essay the headlines are dominated by the resignation of Senator Fatima Payman from the Labor Party. No doubt Labor believed they had scored a cultural victory by recruiting a young Muslim woman to their ranks thus demonstrating their “woke” diversity credentials. In retrospect they might come to rue her appointment as […]

July 17, 2024

Desire and Attachment

  In the Four Noble Truths the Buddha reminds us that the origin of suffering is attachment. I am going to try and convince you of the truth of this assertion.   You might remember the quote from “A Course in Miracles” that I have referred to in previous essays:   I am affected only […]

July 12, 2024

Getting Behind the Façade of Renewable Energy

The case for renewable energy has been promulgated using disinformation and at best half-truths. Chris Bowen and Anthony Albanese continue to run the line that that renewable energy, particularly solar and wind installations, are the cheapest forms of generation available. Now, largely because there are no fuel costs, at the point of generation, when this […]

June 23, 2024

A Few Philosophical Snippets about the Paradox of Altruism

As you would now know from my essays, I tend to read a lot. I don’t read much fiction however. It’s not that I don’t like fiction – I do. Fictional tales can be exciting, moving and very entertaining in many and various ways. Some, using allegorical devices, can also be quite meaningful and didactic. […]

June 6, 2024

Whither Multiculturalism?

It has been a boast of politicians of various political persuasions that that Australia is the most successful nation on earth regarding multiculturalism. Traditionally we have been able to assimilate migrants into the Australian way of life from very diverse backgrounds. They have contributed productively to our economy, enriched us with their cultural heritages but […]

May 23, 2024

The Truth about the Truth

Postmodernism has largely sought to modify our notions about how to think of the world. In doing this it has attempted to downplay rationality in favour of more subjective criteria.   Steiner Kvale was the Professor of Educational Psychology at the Aarhus University in Denmark. He was a noted international authority on postmodernism and psychology. […]

May 2, 2024

A Rational Look at Colonialism

It is an unfortunate fact that Australian black activists, always looking for props to support their unrelenting ethos of victimhood, have promoted the British colonisation of Australia as a primary reason to justify indigenous dysfunction. It is a convenient excuse to blame those events of two centuries past to explain the ills of some of […]

April 20, 2024

Avoiding the Truth –How we are Trapped by Intellectual Cowardice

There is no denying that most of the intellectual debates in today’s society, particularly those that have significant political and social ramifications, evoke emotional responses. This is unsurprising because for most of us our beliefs underpin who we think we are. They form a vital part of our self-concept. It is unremarkable then that we […]

April 4, 2024

Awaking to Wonder

Every now and then I am forced to remove myself from the apparent urgent demands of the “real” world and remind myself that there are more important issues than the ones that dominate the headlines every day. Of course I feel the injustice and suffering caused by conflict in the Middle East and Ukraine. And […]

March 6, 2024

Australia’s Uncontested Cultural Revolution

Almost inevitably it seems, we woke up on 26 January to see pictures of a bronze statue of James Cook lying on the ground having been sawn off at the ankles causing it to topple from its plinth. It seems as though the perpetrator of this act of vandalism believed he was making some sort […]

February 12, 2024