News from 08/2013

31 August 2013

Life is much better under Labour after all, says study

The results of the survey by the University of Canberra's national centre for social and economic modelling go much of the way to answering the question Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has asked repeatedly throughout the election campaign:

''Are Australians better off than they were six years ago?''  

The answer, at least in terms of family incomes, is an emphatic ''YES'' according to research carried out by the University of Canberra's national centre for social and economic modelling.

Treasurer Chris Bowen said: "Labor's world-recognised management of the economy through the…Read

25 August 2013

The Australian Election and Lily Fontana

A survey of Newspolls shows that Tony Abbotts Coalition is in danger of losing up to four seats around Brisbane following a surge of Queensland support for Labor, while a Facebook survey says Tony Abbott’s Liberal Coalition has failed to explain just how he's going to pay for his policies.

Also the Australian Prime Minister defends his actions over losing his cool with make-up artist: Lily Fontana.…Read

Who decides whether it’s good or bad?

Thomas Hobbes believes that, that which we refer to as Good or Bad is largely dependent on the belief of the individual themselves.

"But whatever the object of any man’s appetite or desire: that for his part is what he calls Good. And the object of his Hate and Aversion he calls Evil, there being nothing simply and absolutely so: nor any common rule of good and evil to be taken from the objects themselves"

 Leviathan chapter 6<…Read

24 August 2013

Thomas Hobbes and the theory of Materialism

In philosophy, the theory of materialism holds that the only thing that exists is matter or energy; that all things are composed of material and all phenomena (including consciousness) are the result of material interactions. In other words, matter is the only substance, and reality is identical with the actually occurring states of energy and matter. Refer wikipedia.Materialism

In an article by Ann Talbot: The Ghost of Thomas Hobbes dated 12 May 2010,  

“Thomas Hobbes played a vital role in the development of modern materialism and formed a link in a chain that passed…Read

18 August 2013

Election Date: Saturday 7 September 2013 for Australia’s 14 million registered voters

On Saturday the 10 August the Australian Guardian reported that: “The Coalition is reported to be ahead of Labour after the first week of the election campaign, according to a new poll. And the Fairfax/Nielsen poll released on Saturday also shows Coalition leader Tony Abbott overtaking Labour’s Kevin Rudd on trustworthiness – although Rudd remained ahead on the separate question of who voters saw as their preferred Prime Minister.”  

Does this mean that those who were part of the poll are not so concerned with trustworthiness in terms of their preferred Prime…Read

10 August 2013

Political Hypocrisy

What is meant by the term political hypocrisy?

Hypocrisy always involves some inconsistency in behaviour and behaviour which is not in keeping with one’s beliefs. The absence of self-awareness can turn into a kind of deception of oneself or the people. The only sympathetic view of such behaviour is that it is due to some kind of self-deception.

A certain level of hypocrisy is necessary in any party-political system, and particularly necessary for governments of all stripes, let alone a coalition. Parties and especially governments require their members to be publicly loyal…Read

9 August 2013

Man is a Wolf to Man (Homo homini lupus ut homo)

Man is a wolf to man, Erasmus included this phrase in his collection of adages, but its celebrity is due to the modern British philosopher Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679). Thomas Hobbes maintained that the appetites and aversions of one individual collide with those of another and for Hobbes this collision and its consequences supply the fundamental reason for civil society.  Though men are relatively equal in body and mind, this equality does not lead to harmonious relations but to warfare, because each man, entertaining an equality of hope in the attainment of his ends, becomes an enemy…Read

5 August 2013

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has set the election for Saturday 7 Sept 2013

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's Labour Party will face off with Tony Abbott's Liberal-National party coalition in a bid to remain in power. Rudd's party has been reported running behind in recent polls. The five-week campaign is expected to focus on who can best steer Australia's economy, the world's 12th-largest, through a downturn as the mining boom subsides. 

Tony Abbott said the function of government was to:

Deliver a stronger economy Provide National Security Build a strong and cohesive society<…Read

3 August 2013

Thomas Hobbes on Solitude

Thomas Hobbes declares in his book Leviathan that life in a state of nature is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” The question is why did he list “solitary” first? A short life, some would argue is a greater calamity and others might wish to insist that “nasty” or “brutish” conditions are worse evils.  Clearly Hobbes’ reason in beginning the phrase with “solitary” must have been other than simple ease or harmony of expression. The word solitude had made at least two earlier appearances in Hobbes’…Read

Robert Mugabe (ZANU-PF) wins Zimbabwe election

Zimbabwe's ruler since independence from Britain in 1980, Mugabe’s refusal to be co-opted and corrupted by Western exploiters as happened in many other former colonies is one of his more admirable traits.

The African Mission said there were ‘incidents during the voting process which could have been avoided’ but that these would not have altered the outcome of the poll.

While the Zimbabwe economy is growing, povery remains high. Close to 72 pecent of the population lives below the poverty line. President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party is promoting…Read

1 August 2013

Zimbabwe: Polls close in key vote that could end 33-year reign of Robert Mugabe

ZIMBABWEANS turned out in their millions, despite the chilly weather, to cast their votes in harmonised elections yesterday. At least 6,4 million had registered to vote, representing 95 percent of eligible voters. The two main parties are:

President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party  

Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).