• On Passion and Tolerance (or the two most painful insults I've ever received)

    On Passion and Tolerance (or the two most painful insults I’ve ever received)

    I am right. At least I think I am. If I did not believe myself to be right then how could I keep on going? Would it not be necessary to change everything and adapt […]

     
  • On the Validity of Opinions

    On the Validity of Opinions

    The great English poet John Milton once said, ‘Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; or opinion in good men is but knowledge in […]

     
  • On Australia

    On Australia

    The Commonwealth Games are always an interesting affair. For the last three decades at least they have become something of a celebration of Australia’s absolute sporting dominance. As every Australian knows, as a nation we […]

     
  • On Sex and Violence

    On Sex and Violence

    A society is a living thing. It is a breathing, animated communion of its collective parts and the outward expression of what is inside its members’ hearts. As new ideas and new generations drive their […]

     
  • Top Ten List – Favourite Plays

    Top Ten List – Favourite Plays

    It was Oscar Wilde who once said, ‘I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what […]

     
  • On Pornography

    On Pornography

    For nearly the entire span of human existence the status of women has been that of chattel property. That is to say, within the patriarchy of human society women have been the possession of men, […]

     
  • On Faith and Doubt

    On Faith and Doubt

    Despite the dazzling variety which makes up the universal Christian mosaic, it is my belief that all Christians can be described as either conservative or free thinking. To create a simple dichotomy I would posit […]

     
  • On Ugliness

    On Ugliness

    This Italian philosopher, Umberto Eco, is rightly regarded as one of the world’s foremost semioticians. Recently he completed a treatise dedicated to the history of ugliness and how ugliness is perceived in various cultures. Eco […]

     
  • An open letter to those who took part in the latest Newspoll

    An open letter to those who took part in the latest Newspoll

    N.B The latest Newspoll has indicated the Tories were ahead of Labor 51-49. Dear Idiots, What foul imbecility has come upon you? Do you remember why you jumped on the Kevin 07 bandwagon and delivered […]

     
  • Schopenhauer, Animal Rights and Biblical Literalism

    Schopenhauer, Animal Rights and Biblical Literalism

    The German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer, and New South Wales share a common birth year, 1788. By the time of his death in 1860, he was acknowledged as a skilled thinker and posthumously is viewed as […]