The Legend of Korra – An Allegory against Marxism?

Growing up, I was infatuated with the Avatar the Last Airbender Universe. Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko created a fictional saga unlike anything that had featured on Nickelodeon. Despite being a tv show intended for kids, it addressed serious topics such as genocide, warfare, bigotry, good and evil.  As the show’s sequel The Legend of Korra experiences a revival of popularity on Australian Netflix … Continue reading The Legend of Korra – An Allegory against Marxism?

Blood on the flagstones of Democracy

When going to bed yesterday evening, I drifted to sleep in the knowledge that I would awake today and see reports of disputes and objections to the result of last November’s Presidential Election. Members of Congress had every right to take these actions – though, to be frank, they were (and are) ridiculous and pathetic attempts to dispute the clear and legitimate victory of president-elect … Continue reading Blood on the flagstones of Democracy

COVID-19 and looking beyond ourselves

We live in a world where the only thing that matters is the ‘self’. It is an age where the concepts of ‘individualism’, ‘autonomy’ and ‘freedom’ are unchallenged. We take pride in our unfettered existence: we are at liberty to make our choices in our own world, subject to our own set of ever-malleable principles. Instant gratification is closely related to this obsession with ourselves. … Continue reading COVID-19 and looking beyond ourselves

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

Unfit for Honi

On February 19 2020, student newspaper Honi Soit plunged into controversy after publishing material most would consider anti-semitic and anti-catholic. Just as new students were starting their journeys at University and looking for a place to belong, they were met with an abhorrent display of disrespect in their student paper. The satirical pullout featured a doctored image of a blackboard depicting the question “Should we … Continue reading Unfit for Honi

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