Neoliberalism wants to convince us that life itself is simply reducible to working life and that work will provide life with 'its best opportunities for joy.'
We all owe a debt to the humanities. The debt has been accumulating for thousands of years. It is not calculated in dollars and cents, but in ideas.
Long gone are the leaders and administrations governing from a vision. Visionary politicians have been replaced with those who seek power only to manage.
The cause of the massive defeat of the Liberal Party at the recent election was indubitably the deep-seated dislike for Scott Morrison.
The issue is whether the fissures which the recent election loss have so exposed, can be contained within the Liberal Party's current 'broad church' of agreed beliefs and values.
It is akin to going to Bunnings Hardware with a competitor’s product and price tag and asking them to beat it by 10 per cent as part of their lowest prices guarantee.
So why have we not had an increase in MPs commensurate with our population increase? The answer does not reveal most of our politicians at their best.
Vladimir Putin's excursion into the Ukraine is just the latest chapter in man's quest for domination over man.
All governments might be concerned what a royal commission might expose given their past record.
A considerable majority of us will express our profound disgust with a decaying political establishment that has long since ceased to serve our nation. We will vote in huge numbers for candidates who do not belong to a political party.
Humanity has more knowledge than ever before, but all that knowledge has not made us wise. We all need meaning and purpose in our lives.
A dangerous gulf exists in liberal democracies between people's concerns about their lives, their countries and their future, and the priorities, proclivities and pre-occupations of mainstream politics and media.