Friday, October 29, 2010

Flux and Flexibility (Part Two)

The Hip-Pocket Fallacy is closely related to another theme I’ve seen in arguments lately. To begin, I’d like to offer up two rules of capitalism: One - change is inevitable; or, to put it another way, we are always in a state of flux and change is constantly occurring. Two - for every negative that comes from a change, there will be a corresponding positive.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Hip-Pocket Fallacy (Part One)

It’s an argument that comes up in a lot of debates - asylum seekers being one of the most prominent, both in Australia and abroad. And quite often it can be debunked in simple matters of fact - the consequences of a more humanitarian approach to refugees would not bankrupt the country, as is claimed. But even assuming it is based in fact - even if people might be put under financial strain by a political decision, this does not necessarily mean the decision is wrong.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

An open letter to Julia Gillard

On September 26 2010, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young reintroduced her Marriage Equality Amendment Bill into the Senate, which would remove discrimination based on sexuality or gender from the Marriage Act, thus allowing gay marriage. She urged both Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote on this issue - that is, allow each MP to make up their own mind, based on their own convictions and/or that of their electorate - but Gillard very quickly returned that Labor MPs would be voting along party lines on this issue. This would mean the bill would have essentially zero chance of success.