Disruption Opportunism

Disruption Opportunism

By Dallas Elvery Responses to the global Covid-19 pandemic were ambiguous at first. It was extremely hard to grasp what magnitude of pandemic response would be required. The response by Australian governments was initially slow. The rapidity of growth of the virus in...
What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

The ‘Karens’ of the world have been in the spotlight recently. This stereotype of the entitled, strident middle-aged white woman is to some extent a successor to the Jan of ‘not happy’ fame. Among real Karens and Jans there’s a diversity of perspectives about the...
Conscience and morality

Conscience and morality

SOFiA member Bill Hendry reflects on conscience and morality. I’m always interested in the origins and development of social cohesion, especially elements such as conscience and morality. I tend to dismiss metaphysical origins, although obviously I can’t...
Free speech

Free speech

We should feel able to critique anything in our society. This is presumably what some people mean by ‘free speech’. The manner in which it’s done, of course, is key. Respect jumps out as the obvious starting point, but there are people for whom we may not actually...
Disturbing transition

Disturbing transition

In a recent email discussion on the issue of justly recognising Aboriginal people in Australia, one SOFiA member had this to say: I see that Australia is still in a time of transition moving from arbitrary discrimination on the basis of sex, race etc. and carelessly...