For most ordinary people, their job is not something that they enjoy much. However, without formal work they lose focus, become dependent on welfare, and become socially stigmatized. It seems that increasing numbers of people will never be able to have secure employment. What is a practical, long term national solution to “the work problem” for ordinary people?
Before the 19th Century few people travelled much, and nation states as we understand them hardly existed. Now borders are rigidly defined, tourism is common, but emigration is a strict privilege. What are viable alternatives, if any, to the present pattern?
How does owning (or not owning) real estate, and mortgage debt, influence the behaviour of individuals in their wider lives? What are the consequences of these patterns for whole nations?
Is education most commonly treated purely as an instrumental tool (e.g. to get a job), or as a path to self-development, or both? How can a balance between objectives be achieved in public education?
The Australian Federal Government is proposing a new law to expand the powers of national security agencies and increase penalties for disclosing protected information. Would this law be in Australia’s best interests?
What are some illusions Australians live by? .. and why would we want to dispense with illusions? Think of the imaginary countries we live in. Do all those people you pass on the street every day have their heads in the same place that you do? What are some consequences of NOT sharing the same illusions?