Musings on world affairs
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King
Facebook’s Libra launch does not just have the potential to propel Facebook into a major player in consumer payments and credit services, it may well be the most profound change to world’s financial systems since the abolishment of the Bretton Woods Agreement in 1971.
Democracy is in decline in the world. Australia is now among one of only twenty full democracies according to The Economist’s annual Democracy Index, but we cannot afford to be complacent!
Brexit is a prime example of how the failure of the Westminster system has allowed political parties to usurp control over democracy, to the detriment of the people.
As we are changing Prime Ministers with the same frequency as Italy, our reputation as a country to be taken seriously on the world stage is at risk. An Italian Job is not good politics!
Trump is a liar – but it is the unbearable honesty of Trump we really should be worried about in a world ruled by the weapons industry.
The American mid term elections had a little bit of everything for everybody. It will curb some of the worst excesses of Donald Trump, but it may also get a lot uglier before it gets any better.
The problem with Trump is not Donald Trump. The really scary part is that nobody is standing up to him.
Democracy is under threat. From Vienna to Washington, Caracas to Istanbul, men with scant regard for the institutions that uphold democracy have been elected, threatening civic freedoms not just in their own countries, but setting dangerous precedents for others to follow. Could it happen here?
Now that we know that a “man” who regularly expresses the most vile sentiments has been elected president of the most powerful country in the world, what will happen next? A few days have passed and like so many others I have read countless opinion pieces and their...