An Entitlement Complex, or Gen Y’s Quest for Meaning?

In the late 1950s, Frederick Herzberg conducted surveys on what we now term “The Greatest Generation,” those who fought during WWII. Selecting a group of factory workers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Herzberg asked “what do you like and dislike about your job?” After months of research and a literature review of thousands of similar studies, Herzberg concluded ...

A Place to Call Home: International Student Housing in Sydney

In a recent Senate Committee, Liberal Senator Sean Edwards repeatedly referred to the majority occupancy of international students of affordable student housing as a “rorting” of the system. He said that the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS), set up by the Rudd government, had a significant “loophole” that allowed, for instance, Monash University to house ...

The Right to Personality in the Workplace (Dismantling The Private and Public Self)

The ultimate aim of the employment system is not to create a self. This is a long-forgotten aim in some distant, lost century. The aim now is to package the self, to create the illusion of a self in such a way that that self is appetising to those willing to try it out. This ...

The Old Man and the Paper Plane: Is the Economy Enough to Sustain Meaning?

Imagine an eighty-year-old man who has been working his entire life and has forgotten what his childhood felt like. He has, like Citizen Kane, achieved the heights of commercial success but with the consequent sacrifice of boyish mannerisms, mischief and imagination. He has a lot of tremendous cash value –cars, boats, houses- but he still feels ...

The Seven Sins of Modern Thinking

There are seven sin in modern thinking that have emerged in recent years. To my mind, these holes are as damaging to society as the logical fallacies of old (and still include some of them) as they taunt us with irrational thought and judgment that leads to bad decision-making.They Include:1) Systems cannot be changed:The idea that systems cannot ...

Worrying Changes to Bail Laws in NSW

The NSW Bail laws are undergoing fundamental reform, spurred on by knee-jerk public reaction to bail decisions.  1) The presumption of innocence has been removed as an independent clause and has been moved to a new preamble of the actThe presumption of innocence now appears alongside the more 'community-driven' considerations: “the need to ensure the safety ...

The Death of the Intellectual

Universities in their original conception were idealised in the Renaissance as places that could produce ‘intellectuals’. An intellectual was a person of inquiring mind who, through rational judgment and prodigious independent study, battled with an intellect they could not suppress, to reason through challenges that as yet had little or no answers, for the betterment of ...

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