Can Universities Face the Range of Social and Political Failures or Just Focus on Profits?

Key question:  Are Universities democratic?  Are you free to say what you think? Or if it out of line with the prevailing views does that make you radical or embracing of freedom of speech?
An article from Tufts University.

The Politics of Learning for Democracy

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Cisco and Surveillance of Citizens as Repression is this Right?

I recall working at a university in an office where Cisco phones were evident.  I noticed the camera recorded me every 30 minutes. I turned the screen away from me.  I realised later that the reason film was taken was to prove the person at the computer was identified. This was probably done… Continue reading

GET UP! SPEAK UP and Support Political Transparency and Democracy


I have no issue with any activist group getting funding.  The issue I see as problematic for society is when large multinational corporations have political influence through donations that impact on how tax payers funds are spent.  GET UP is not run by the public, it is run on donations, that is… Continue reading

GetUp off the Couch: The Danger of Community Advocacy

I love this.  Maybe democracy might actually happen in response to government suppression.  The only thing I’d say to GETUP! in the interests of democracy is try to avoid words like ‘attack’, these are not attacks it is coming from fear as there are other plays involved. It is about problem solving with… Continue reading

Gagging Laws – Sit Down, Shut Up or GetUP!!

My awareness has been raised significantly around this topic.  I interviewed GetUp years ago in Sydney when they first started.  It is interesting to see how Government is changing from when I was a child.  I was around during the time of Gough Whitlam (Prime Minister), discussions were robust and there was… Continue reading

Rosa Parks

Thank God for Rosa.

I note she was not nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.


Rosa Parks

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see Rosa Parks (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with Rose Pak.
Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks in 1955, with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the background
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Mohandas Gandhi

“Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.”