Thinking Out Aloud

Blog URL:http://lorenzo-thinkingoutaloud.blogspot.com/
Blog Tags:books, history, medieval, analysing bigotry, sexuality, economics, religion, philosophy, public policy
Country:Australia
State/Province:Victoria
Location:Melbourne

A blog of book reviews, occasional film reviews and posts on matters of interest



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As one contemplates the rise in anti-immigration parties in Europe, and the fraught politics of immigration in the US, it is very striking how little political angst Australia's very high level of immigration has caused. True, the nationalist On...

This is based on a comment I made here.The history of (long distance) trade can be divided into 4 eras, one of which is regional and transitional:Continental-coastal: outside local areas, trade was limited to thin networks of high value items with so...

The Hugos, for those unaware, are (speculative fiction/science fiction/fantasy) SF awards voted on by people at Worldcon.  Along with the Nebulas, they have long been the premier awards in SF. A few years ago, some SF writers got together a...

The Economist recently had a piece claiming that the left-right divide had been overtaken by the open-closed divide. It had this to say on the Brexit vote: So far, Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has been the anti-globalists’...

Blaming The Donald on Sen. Barry Goldwater is essentially the claim of this Vox piece. Barry Goldwater (1909-1998) was the libertarian-inclined Republican Senator who won the Republican presidential nomination in 1964 and was then defeated...

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) of Victoria has 60,000 volunteer firefighters to fight fires, particularly bushfires, outside the area covered by the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB). CFA volunteers are deeply linked in with their local communit...

Is public policy a discovery process which takes into consideration the diverse interests, experiences and perspectives of the political nation (however defined--in a democracy, that is supposed to be the entire citizenry) or is it an engineering pro...