My family has lost friends to terrorist attacks twice; I understand with the sadness of bereavement the fear of unpredictable events and anxiety around harm that can be done. I also want to remind readers of this page that the most dangerous enemy any of us face is fear and panic; if the desire is to protect a peaceful society that’s based on order, justice, fairness and law, engaging in extreme, emotional responses – even to events that scare us – is RIGHT OUT. My friend Celeste Liddle raises very good points about these arrests in Melbourne, and I urge everyone to consider them with the calmness, care and reason that we should all seek to defend.View on Facebook
Several festivals and the end of a particularly brutal year are now upon us. Instead of a religious blessing, I’d like to offer those who’ve contributed to the community of this page some end-of-year insight from my hero, the immortal Abbie Hoffman.
“Revolution is not something fixed in ideology, nor is it something fashioned to a particular decade. It is a perpetual process embedded in the human spirit. When all today’s isms have become yesterday’s ancient philosophy, there will still be reactionaries and there will still be revolutionaries. No amount of rationalization can avoid the moment of choice each of us brings to our situation here on the planet. I still believe in the fundamental injustice of the profit system and do not accept the proposition there will be rich and poor for all eternity.”
Go well this holiday season, friends. XxView on Facebook
Are you next? Me in the Guardian on the insecurity of jobs, from coalmines to universities.View on Facebook
You nasty hideous whinging sooky la la , how dare you think talk for all women , most ladies i know are repulsed by the likes of you and the gillard / hanson young /clinton etc and consider you to have taken the equality cause back at least 50 years !!!!View on Facebook
It is the honour of my life to be employed at Guardian Australia. I am humbled every day by the rigour of our reporters and editors, their passion for investigation and truth – and also their commitment to that fundamental principle of democracy; that citizens can and will make the best decisions in our collective interest if enfranchised the facts with which to furnish their opinion.
It is why I urge you, as my readers, friends, comrades and community, to support the Guardian with a subscription. The work of journalistic investigation is expensive, it is important, and in these dark Trump times, it is crucial.View on Facebook
I love living in Victoria. I think we should start calling it the “The Unafraid to be Decent Humans State”. My Premier kicking goals, AGAIN.View on Facebook
This IS unfair! It’s totally garbage!View on Facebook