The poor are undeserving

This is the rationale of those who want to protect their own imagined sense of merit. There exist among the more fortunate members of the world that they have achieved their good fortune by their own worthiness, and they believe this despite the harsh reality that they are so thoroughly self-seeking and self-satisfied and do not have the common good anywhere in their scheme.

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Prosperity needs a lot more innovative thought than Hockey could imagine

Ross Gittins wrote, “What made the recurrence of my fiscal nightmare so scary was Hockey’s fatuous statement that ”no country has ever taxed its way to prosperity”, which signalled his resolve to get the deficit down purely by cuts in government spending. Seriously? That’s a sign he still doesn’t understand the nature and severity of his problem. No treasurer has ever purely cut his way to budget balance. Not an encouraging sign.”

We need to look to generating prosperity in ways that are positive and create momentum for the creation of the society of the future. Impoverishing the vulnerable within a

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Feminism benefits men

Respect and valuing both genders can only benefit both men and women equally. Males who have not been exposed to men who value and respect women, in the family and in the community, struggle to learn those behaviours that enable them to have positive enjoyable and meaningful relationships with women. Role modeling and communication skills are learned by witnessing those behaviours and interactions within cultures and society. Women equally learn behaviours and access esteem and positive relations with Continue reading

LNP: GIve to the rich, take from the poor

The Coalition want to scrap supporting superannuation for low income earners while bolstering the superannuation of high income earners. Yes. More of the same from the Coalition with Abbott and Hockey. The family values here are that you are only ever eligible, now and in the future, if you already have everything you need and everything you want. Otherwise it is not our problem according to the policy of the Coalition.

This direction of policy tells me there is no no consideration of just or fair. This direction tells me we are dealing with a medieval mindset to enslave the less fortunate now and well Continue reading

The only family values they hold are for their own vested interests

More of the same is the general moral abyss of the LNP where the NDIS is the first port of call for financial cuts where as the Gold plated parental leave scheme remains a shrine. No doubt this is to show respect to women but just not in the parliamentary cabinet, thank you.

Mark Latham wrote “In practice, these hard-right activists are value-free. Compared to their true political obsession (objecting to all things left-of-centre), their commitment to free speech and family values is vacuous. In the worst sense of the term, they are political Continue reading

Being authentic: the big glow

How could we ever want to be anything else but authentic? Being authentic is about being fully yourself as a gift to yourself and a gift to the world where we are. Being fully alive to fully enjoy ourselves and fully enjoy the people around us with love and honesty, with a voice that seeks to grow in understanding and rejoice in the beauty of life as it presents Continue reading

Double standards prevail: Politicians should take a pay decrease

Abbott knows what it is to have your pay significantly decreased and experience ‘mortgage stress’ when in 2007 the election of the Rudd Government created serious mortgage stress for the former Howard government ministers!” he said at the time.

Abbott said, “You don’t just lose power … you certainly lose income as well, and if you are reliant on your parliamentary salary for your daily living, obviously it makes a big difference.”

Annabel Crabb wrote that ‘Mr Abbott was notoriously knocked-around by his change of circumstance, which obliged him to take out a $700,000 mortgage on his northern Continue reading

The surge when motivated by the common good

Ross Gittins quotes Paul Keating, ”To do what’s right and good gives you the surge. Without the surge, what are you? You’re just mucking around with tricky press statements, appearances and ‘doorstops’.” – ”You make the political strategy around good policy rather than around trickery.”

I think this is the question that many politicians have little or no clue, or little or no courage to undertake. This is the stuff of the authentic path and the authentic life. This isn’t just for politicians but for all of us as we pursue our livelihoods and our dreams and goals. Continue reading

Less is a lot more

For years, economists have posited that prosperity requires growth, with environmental damage as the regrettable but unavoidable consequence. A growing number of critics are now challenging this equation, though, calling for a radical revamping of the economic system.

Harald Welzer’s career as a critic of growth began with a few simple reflections. Just how progressive is it, he asked himself, when millions of hectares of land are used elsewhere in Continue reading

Big business displace the livelihood of Cambodian farmers

Each year, foreign agricultural corporations deprive thousands of Cambodian farmers of their fields — with the government’s help. Human rights groups claim German taxpayer money is used to fund a program that benefits land grabbers.

Land grabbing is a worldwide phenomenon, but Cambodia is unique because the German government plays a controversial role there. According to human rights activists, German taxpayer money is being used to fund a program that inadvertently benefits the land grabbers. Continue reading