Author Archives: Agrippa

Neoliberalism and the Return of Belle Epoque Science

The neoliberal era has been often described in terms of “private avarice” and “public squalor.” An example of this dichotomy is the difference between the lavishly resourced private school sector, especially those catering to the rich, and the squalor of … Continue reading

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Was Frege a Quack?

The duck has become the symbol of the Ne Da(vi)mo Beograd protest movement (a play on words which means both “we will not give up Belgrade” and “we will not drown Belgrade”), that is gathering momentum in Serbia. At issue … Continue reading

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Hey RRW Baby, Welcome Back Iz Missed Ya!

Michael Klare is a good analyst, and I have been reading his stuff for a long time. For instance, he has written a good book on the security implications of the looming energy crisis, that is the crisis posed by … Continue reading

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SUSY, Feynman, and Plutonium

SUSY where ‘art thou? The University of Melbourne is currently hosting a conference on supersymmetry or SUSY, which is a theory that seeks to address outstanding anomalies in particle physics by positing a new symmetry principle, that is one beyond … Continue reading

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The Minsky Model of Financial Instability and the Politics of Regulation

The reregulation of the financial system is often presented as a panacea for financial crises, and the one we are going through most especially. I don’t want to discuss here the details of the inadequate response to the global financial … Continue reading

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Federal Election 2016: Some Quick Preliminary Thoughts

Just some quick thoughts on the 2016 Federal Election, which I would hope to return to in a more substantive post later on. The Result. All kinds of speculation exists on this. Most seems to be of the view that … Continue reading

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From True Believers to True Hacks: Why No Corbyn or Sanders in Australia?

As lefty Australians observed from across the seas with wonderment and joy the Sanders campaign in the United States, and the rise to the Labour leadership of Jeremy Corbyn in the United Kingdom, they increasingly asked in frustration; where are … Continue reading

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The ACTU and Globalisation: Not Representative, Effective or Progressive

In 2001 the then Assistant Secretary of the ACTU released a statement on the position of Australia’s peak union body, the ACTU, regarding globalisation. That statement remains the ACTU’s position on the matter, for it remains on the ACTU website … Continue reading

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The Key to Science Lies in the Context of Discovery Not the Context of Justification

Richard Feynman, in his splendid lecture series delivered at Cornell University under the title “the character of physical law”, began, as with the University of Auckland lecture series on QED, with discussion on science and the nature of inquiry. His … Continue reading

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Knijge Raspleta

Slobodan Antonic, Milosevic: Jos Nije Gotovo, (Beograd, Vukotic Media, 2015). I have quite a few books, and I am fond of those that I had purchased and received as gifts in Belgrade and Sarajevo. I hope to review them. One … Continue reading

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