An Appeal to Government: Govern According to Law

The coronavirus pandemic presents a novel challenge for the world. Novel, not in the sense that mankind has not encountered large scale medical or existential challenges before, but in the sense that our global community is more connected than ever, presenting a more difficult challenge for containment of the viral and economic contagion. Then of course there is the miasma of panic, itself a contagion, … Continue reading An Appeal to Government: Govern According to Law

Is Preferential Voting indeed Preferable?

Australia is a unique country. It is the only country to use instant run-off voting (IRV), better known as preferential voting. The nation is split into 151 single-member electorates where the voters choose who they want as candidate by labelling every candidate in descending order of choice. If no candidate receives a majority, candidates with less votes are eliminated and their preferences redistributed until a … Continue reading Is Preferential Voting indeed Preferable?

Australia’s Place in the STEM Race

STEM research and innovation has historically been a primary driver for building civilisations and improving the lives of people. Traditionally, the Western world has used breakthroughs made on the frontiers of scientific research to change the lives of individuals in a way that benefits society as a whole. Whether it’s using the discovery of thermally induced cathode rays to invent the first phosphoric screen televisions … Continue reading Australia’s Place in the STEM Race

On Positive Liberty

“As for Otanes, he wished neither to rule nor to be ruled—the exact opposite of Aristotle’s notion of true civic liberty. … [This ideal] remains isolated and, until Epicurus, undeveloped … the notion had not explicitly emerged” – Isaiah Berlin. Liberty: a notion steeped in millennia of political discourse and philosophical disagreement. Modern writing on liberty is saturated with squabbling over its meaning and reality; tension … Continue reading On Positive Liberty

Reformation Day: Three ways the Protestant Reformation shaped the modern world

On this day 502 years ago, an obscure German monk named Martin Luther nailed a list of 95 grievances with the Roman Catholic Church to the castle church door in Wittenberg. These ‘Ninety-Five Theses’ outlined doctrines and practices of the Church that Luther perceived to be unscriptural and corrupt. The most infamous of these was the selling of indulgences, where people could allegedly purchase shorter … Continue reading Reformation Day: Three ways the Protestant Reformation shaped the modern world

The Pearl of the Orient?

  “Hong Kong has created one of the most successful societies on Earth.”   HRH Charles, Prince of Wales   In 1997, an era ended and Hong Kong was transferred from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China. For one-and-a-half centuries Hong Kong had developed, prospered and thrived under the influence of the West, becoming a beacon of freedom in Eastern Asia. The West … Continue reading The Pearl of the Orient?

Honi Soit: Qui Mal Y Pense

Throughout its history, Honi Soit, the student newspaper of USYD with elected editors, has never been far from controversy. Recently, this has surrounded proposed changes to the SRC regulations and other recent attempts which affect the ability of the paper to have absolute control over its content. It was met with significant backlash. Honi Soit is an institutional part of student life at USYD and … Continue reading Honi Soit: Qui Mal Y Pense