Category: Human Nature

A Higher Standard of Human Rights

We learn something about human nature from the unending succession of horror stories told by ex-inmates of orphanages, borstals, mental hospitals and other human zoos. There is a tendency to exploit those who are left in our charge and at

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Personal Partners

I support the government plan to recognise couples other than married/de facto for financial and legal purposes, but I would like to see a broader approach. The recognition of couples should not depend on physical intimacy. There are many couples,

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Top Dog

[soon after the bombing of the World Trade Centre in New York] CNN is asking, on behalf of America, “Why do they hate us so?” I believe I can answer this. You’re not such a bad country. After all, you

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Finger the Warmongers

Who should be blamed for terrorist outrages? President Bush has stated that he holds responsible not only the perpetrators, but also those who shelter them. I would like to add to that. If the killers are fervent young men, driven by twisted

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Tribalism

Racism is not an idea, like flat-earth-ism, that will yield to rational information and be dispensed with once and for all.  Racism is an inflammation of the mind, a contagious condition, to which we humans will always be vulnerable. It

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Crime and Punishment

We Kosovo “allies” are waging a public relations war as vigorously as a bombing war.  But in doing so, we have painted ourselves into a corner.  Daily coverage of atrocities is entering lounge rooms the world over. The problem is

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Capitalism

I have noticed over my recent six years at University (1994-1999) that a number of students and the occasional lecturer tend to use the word capitalism as a kind of swear-word  –  summoning up images of evil, cruelty, greed and

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Oppression

I saw the TV footage of Aboriginal men rebelling against the insults of their warders.  Then confronted by large numbers of armed warders, they kept on fighting.  The reward for their futile courage was a cold-blooded hearing at which their

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Leaders or Users

Yes, President Bill Clinton should give a clear and abject apology to the Chinese people for the bombing of their embassy in Yugoslavia, offer reparation and express sorrow for the lives he cannot return. But with so many good people

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Values We Must Teach Our Young

We are faced with a growing crime rate – ever more of it amoral – such as the cowardly bashing of the elderly.  Even children are not safe.  We have yielded up the outdoors – where we used to play

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Serb Lesson

The Serbs are only the latest tribe of Europe – and hopefully the last – to engage in bestial cruelty towards a neighbouring tribe. How can we make sure it’s the last?  You can count the steps on one hand. Firstly,

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