Civil liberties

Edward Snowden: A Global Conversation on the Balance between Civil Liberties and Mass Intelligence Gathering

I found this interview of Edward Snowden organised by the University of Chicago, USA interesting.  I observed how the interviewer interpreted what he was saying, what questions arose in the questioners mind, how Edward responded and modelled democratic discourse. He is both articulate and respectful in his demeanour and compelling in his ability to… Continue reading

Is There a Terrorist Threat or is the Threat Causing Terror?

This blog is to look at the terror laws that enable governments to hold suspects, in this case, held indefinitely. There are real human rights issues and questions that need to be asked as to the intent behind government actions which restricts rights and freedoms.

This is an article from the Washington Post. I found… Continue reading

The Usurpation of Democracy by Repugnant Secrecy in Government

This video is recommended viewing as it is time for people to wake up and learn about what is done in their name.  Moreover, the secrecy that is reflected in what is termed the shadow government is the corruption of democracy through the advancement of capitalism which is increasingly about self interest over best… Continue reading

Independent Social Media and Freedom of Speech – Planet X

I found this YouTube video interesting as the author of the channel is raising important questions about freedom of speech and censorship. This is the tension between government and ruling elite seeking to control the news media and the right of citizens to use their talents to report on subjects they think are important. … Continue reading

Biko, Apart-heid and Raising Consciousness

I found a song by Peter Gabriel about Steve Biko the African actvist for non-racism in South Africa.  I saw the movie many years ago and felt deeply saddened by the plight of Africans.  Oppression is a word I can type but one can only know this when they are looked at in… Continue reading

A Civil Manifesto for Social Policy and Sustainable Prosperity

This poetry was written at 4am and then sent to politicians in Canberra, Australia.

I would like to see a renewable future that is based on fairness, equality, responsibility and with a strong awareness of the next generation. We have to change GDP to reflect ecological costs as the real value of productivity.  If… Continue reading

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.”

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