In this issue:
Politics in the 21st Century
Our political system has become unresponsive to the big national and global challenges requiring urgent attention. Why is it that politics has become so moribund? In this article, Peter McMahon provides a short history of the declining capacity of modern politics in Australia.
Zero Emissions: It’s Simple!
Denial and half-baked proposals for action constitute much of the debate about climate change in this country. There are, however, creative people quietly going about providing real solutions to the challenge. In this article, Brad Schultz outlines a well-developed plan for meeting our energy needs without producing carbon emissions.
Food Security: We Need Different Experts in Charge
Food security is about a basic human right, our right to nutritious, sustainably produced and affordable food. It has, however, become a tremendously complex problem with many of the stakeholders seeing the issues only from their own narrow perspectives. Here, Jane Dixon pleads for a more holistic approach.
Multiculturalism Needs to Begin Early
It could perhaps be argued that racism is partly a consequence of our cognitive limitations as human beings: we ascribe characteristics to whole groups of people because we lack the capacity to perceive the manifold differences between individuals. But as Michelle Delaney has found, the appreciation of difference is a skill that can be cultivated very early on in our lives.
How the Mighty Have Fallen!
It is now more than a month since the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn (“DSK”), head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and front runner in the polls for the presidential election in France. Rodney Crisp reports from France about the nation’s shock and disorientation, along with the extraordinary historical connections involved.