Category Archives: Cultural Critique

Upmarket Agitprop: Clive James on John Howard on Bob Menzies

An essay prompted by a friend recommending James’ essay I think largely for its defence of Menzies as worthy of more respect he’s been given by the left – which is a fair point. Cross posted from The Mandarin, which, to my surprise … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy, History, Political theory, Politics - national | 14 Comments

CEOs bridging divides: the OECD and the little people

The OECD is getting pretty serious about bridging divides – you know righting the world’s injustices – that kind of thing. It’s making a difference. It’s probably thinking to itself “there’s got to be change” – or thoughts to that … Continue reading

Posted in Bullshit, Competitions, Cultural Critique | 3 Comments

Troppo Quiz: what do these things have in common?

Answer given on or about Sunday. Now available in comments    

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The living and the dead – the arteries and the capillaries: Part One

Cross posted from the Mandarin. This disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful, and to despise, or, at least, to neglect persons of poor and mean condition, though necessary both to establish and to maintain … Continue reading

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Fine food for thought …

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Against Strategy

Cross-posted from the Mandarin We do have a few advantages, perhaps the greatest being that we don’t have a strategic plan Warren Buffett It’s a common lament that, within organisations whether in the public, private or not-for-profit sector, boards and/or senior … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy, Employment | 19 Comments

Crimes against empathy: Where are the stories?

I’ve weighed in previously on the relentless emphasis on symbolism in the political prosecution of aboriginal issues in Australia. This isn’t necessarily a criticism of aboriginal activists because, as I argued, they’re working within the rules of memefication. I can add that, where … Continue reading

Posted in Art and Architecture, Cultural Critique, Indigenous | 35 Comments