Snowden, Democratic Liberty Sacrificed on the Alter of National Security

Chris Hedges is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best selling author, former professor at Princeton University, activist and ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written 11 books,

The video is called ‘Full Spectrum Dominance’.  This is essential viewing in respect of the reasons why democratic liberty is diminishing.  This is indicative in… Continue reading

Andrew Wilkie MP Warns of Major Issues that threaten Australian Democratic Rights and Civil Liberties

I find this article and video very concerning.  I interviewed Andrew Wilkie when he was a whistleblower against the government involvement in the War in Iraq.  I found him very articulate, knowledgeable and honest.  He was an analyst at the Office of National Assessment and he considered there was a very low… Continue reading

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

Mohandas Gandhi

“My life is my message.”