[...] In ancient Athens, arguments were had over equality versus freedom, an old left/right paradigm divide between those who believed that people were not born equal and those who believed that they could be made equal if human nature could just be overridden a little - or a lot.
I analyse Todd Muller, his team and the problems I can see for National that we have been able to glimpse from Muller’s first week on the job. Then I will explain why it is that we are about to see who’s been swimming with no togs on as the economic swimming pool gets drained.
[...] There will be many in the nations encompassed by the Five Eyes Alliance who take exception to these history lessons. They have no right to be offended, however, by the way such events linger in China’s memory. It was, after all, the so-called “Opium Wars” that marked the sudden and abject collapse of Chinese power.
[...] What the hell has social media done to us? It seems like almost overnight we’ve become a culture of snitches, bullies, witch-hunters and torch-and-pitchfork-carrying mobs. We lurch about in blind, unthinking rage and hunger, like a horde of zombies from The Walking Dead.
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