Intellectual History

Is there Room for “Minor” Public Intellectuals?

Is there Room for “Minor” Public Intellectuals?

From Peter FitzSimons, "David Marr on Dutton, Waleed … and being an outsider on Insiders," The Sydney Morning Herald online.       Fitz: David! I interviewed the brilliant Hannah Ferguson last week, and one of the things she was decrying is that there’s...

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The Propaganda War on liberalism

The Propaganda War on liberalism

Dear friends,   Today, at a BBQ, a young woman suggested that the edifices of peace in the middle east be forbade, due to her reading of biblical history. When I challenged her on an alternative -- postmillennial -- reading, she clammed up. So I let her know of...

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No! Not Yes: Optus Thinking is Machine Thinking

No! Not Yes: Optus Thinking is Machine Thinking

I felt I had a conversation with the dead Ruth, except her expert career was as a development worker-social worker. Ruth, at the other end of the machine, was the expert in the Optus information technology system. In fact, on firm reasoning I suspect that Ruth is the...

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