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Dialogue

Thought of the day on US Congress: Rule of law or rule of man

The US Congress has impeached (for the second time) President Trump for inciting a coup against the state. On trial, he will be faced with criminal charges for sedition; abuse …

How the Spartans would fight COVID-19

A (true) question from antiquity: Why do the Spartans punish with a fine a warrior who loses his helmet or breastplate in combat but punish with death the man who …

Why political parties must have diversity in membership

In September 2009 in the midst of a review of branch stacking in the Labor Party I wrote that: “If the new cultural elite succeed in narrowing the party’s base, …

Trump impeached a second time – but Trumpism will live on

Just a week after the US Capitol was attacked by his supporters, Donald Trump has become the first president of the United States to be impeached twice. But regardless of …

Summer calls of the Cicada: The sounds of antiquity

Around Australia, the buzz-saw siren of cicadas heralds the beginning of summer. With 237 recorded species of cicada in Australia, almost no area of the country is untouched by their …

Arnold Schwarzenegger, an immigrant, draws on childhood memories to describe US Capitol riots

Arnold Schwarzenegger, 73 was born in Austria, and drew on memories from his childhood in a video he shared online. He raises the dangers and horrors associated with the political …

How COVID-19 saved the English language… for a while

As I walked wearily last January through the valley of the mangled English language, tripping over every misused and abused word, I wondered how much gobbledegook we would be exposed …

Life

Ah, memories of 2020. Why it’s important to remember our COVID holidays, good or bad

In Charles Dickens’ famous 1843 ghost story, A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come. However, we do not …

NYE festivities and celebrations of yesteryear

It was New Year’s Eve, 1982 and it was a hot, still Melbourne night. Once again, we had got together with our cousins to see in the New Year, this …

Dialogue

Joy be to the twelve days following Christmas

Joy be to the twelve days of Christmas, that usher in the New Year. While rejoicing in the birth of the Saviour and the imminent demise of the year COVID, …

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