Really dangerous ideas: what does and does not matter
Edited by Gary Johns
Foreword by Judith Sloan
by Gerard Henderson's Media Watch, a book about “Really” Dangerous Ideas.
The inspiration for this book of essays came from the
Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI). The Sydney Opera House and the St James
Ethics Centre have hosted FODI for four years. Although the organisers try to
canvass ideas that appeal across the political spectrum, they are about as
balanced as the ABC1 television’s Q&A and as subtle as, ‘when did you stop
beating your wife?’ For example, Israel is an apartheid state was a nice little
starter in the 2012 Festival. Ilan Pappe an Israeli was invited to speak; he is
the author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. Who are the people who attend
FODI and believe the nonsense they are fed?: those who forsake the world of
markets and profit, who forsake religion, except for environmentalism, who
forsake science, except in the service of climate change abatement policies.
They are the people we call, and they also call, Progressives. The proposition
in this book is that not much progress occurs when Progressives rule the policy
These are beaut little essays, written in an opinion style,
easy to digest, indeed quite dangerous and perhaps the first of many volumes.
Gary Johns served in the House of Representatives
from 1987-1996 and was Special Minister of State and Assistant Minister for
Industrial Relations from 1993-1996. He served as an Associate Commissioner of
the Commonwealth Productivity Commission 2002-2004. He holds a Doctor of
Philosophy(Political Science) University of Queensland, Master of Arts
(Geography) Monash University, and a Bachelor of Economics Monash University.
His other books include 'Right Social Justice' and 'Aboriginal Self-Determination: The Whiteman's Dream'.
Australia needs liquid fuel security - David Archibald
22 Arab countries one goal: destruction of Israel - Barry
The world needs the Anglosphere - Peter Day
School choice matters to poor students - Kevin Donnelly
Science matters in a post-modern world - James Franklin
Religion matters for faith, hope and love - Ian Harper
Downsize Canberra: remove federal income tax - John
European Union as self-aggrandisement - Michael James
Abolish the Human Rights Commission - Gary Johns
Biodiversity does not matter: revealed biodiversity matters - Eric Jones
Foreign investment matters to Australian workers - Asher
Bittersweet charity - Miranda Kiraly
Family is the fundamental unit of society - Richard Lyons
We need nation states - David Martin Jones
Intellectuals do not matter - Greg Melleuish
Financial complacency in the face of three economic crises -
Does respect matter? - Kerryn Pholi
Privatise the ABC - Tom Switzer
Australia should become a superpower - Cassandra Wilkinson
Progressives: philosophy adrift without an anchor - Tim
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