The Noble Eightfold Path

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Craig Emerson has worked out how to restore Labor’s economic credibility. The Buddhist Way.

ELSEWHERE: Robert Merkel at The Road to Benambra dissects Emerson.

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Mark Bahnisch is a sociologist and is the founder of this blog. He has an undergraduate degree in history and politics from UQ, and postgraduate qualifications in sociology, industrial relations and political economy from Griffith and QUT. He has recently been awarded his PhD through the Humanities Program at QUT. Mark's full bio is on this page.
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2022 years ago

Craig is getting in a little early.

To-day is the 26th day of the 11th moon of the Year of the Monkey.

Chinese New Year (the second new moon after Christmas)falls on 9 February. Then it will be the Year of the Rooster.

Evil Pundit
2022 years ago

As a semi-Buddhist, I found this a fascinating article. It even seems to make sense from a political point of view. However the essay is limited to economics — which is not the be-all and end-all of society.

Martin Pike
2022 years ago

I agree largely with Merkel’s take on this.

BTW have I been banned from commenting on this site? I can’t access comments, except as here where I can in via a trackback link.

ANyone else had problems?? Or am I banned?

Geoff Honnor
Geoff Honnor
2022 years ago

You haven’t been banned Martin. I can’t comment on TA from my computer at home (unless I remote access my work computer from my home computer and do it that way) and I’m ostensibly a contributor. A number of people have had similar problems and Scott Wickstein has gone to the edge of madness trying to fix it.

Zoe
Zoe
2022 years ago

EP, what do you mean by “semi-Buddhist”?

Mark Bahnisch
2022 years ago

Martin, try a couple of things:

(a) hit the date stamp instead of the comments box.

(b) click on the “most recent comments” link.

(c) try a browser other than IE. The comments box seems to open in every other browser.

The same thing happened with EP and Norman Anscombe encountered it as well.

EP figured a way through – try emailing him?

I’m clueless when it comes to tech stuff and I don’t have access to anything on the site bar my own posts. It sounds like from what people are saying that there may have been a string in one comment that alerted the MT-Blacklist thingy. But I really don’t know.

Scott’s email address can be found at http://www.ubersportingpundit.com

Evil Pundit
2022 years ago

Zoe, by “semi-Buddhist” I mean that, out of the mahor religions, I am closest to believing in the tenets of Buddhism — Theravada in particular.

To the people who have had trouble commenting — are you using a software firewall, particularly Norton Internet Security? If so, the privacy settings on the firewall will prevent you posting comments on this site. I just found out how to fix this today.

If uyou have Norton Internet Security, try disabling the “Privacy” section temporarily, and see if this cures your problem. If it does, then you can change the settings to fix it permanently for this site, without affecting your firewall in any other way.

Robert Merkel
2022 years ago

One other suggestion: try clicking on the story permalink (which brings up the comments). That seems to work for me.

Zoe
Zoe
2022 years ago

Hey, me too, EP. I wrote a little bit about it after the election at http://crazybrave.blogspot.com/2004/10/insight.html

Cheers

Nabakov
Nabakov
2022 years ago

“I am closest to believing in the tenets of Buddhism”

Correct me if I’m wrong here Evil Pee, but I don’t recall the many paths towards becoming a Boddishatva as including taking the road of savage, unfounded and ill-mannered attacks on those that may disagree with your view of world.

(Think of me as your attack Bonze here.)

Evil Pundit
2022 years ago

Then it’s a good thing I never indulge in savage, unfounded and ill-mannered attacks on those that may disagree with my view of world. My gentle urgings towards enlightenment are delivered purely as a means of assistance towards the surmounting of political error and the attainment of higher knowledge.

Evil Pundit
2022 years ago

Thanks, Zoe. I’ve been to some medium-strict Vipassana retreats where we don’t dance to Bob Marley. :)

Zoe
Zoe
2022 years ago

I recommend the version with Bob Marley.

Zoe
Zoe
2022 years ago

I recommend the version with Bob Marley.

Zoe
Zoe
2022 years ago

I recommend the version with Bob Marley. It’s gruelling enough already.

Zoe
Zoe
2022 years ago

I recommend attending Vipassa retreats to develop patience. I also recommend not having the world’s slowest dial-up.

Evil Pundit
2022 years ago

It’s pure poetry.

I recommend the version with Bob Marley
I recommend the version with Bob Marley
I recommend the version with Bob Marley
It’s gruelling enough already.

Jason Soon
Jason Soon
2022 years ago

nabby, it just goes to show that some people who profess to be buddhists are those who need it the most

trackback
2022 years ago

Craig Emerson – friend of the rich and powerful

Mark at Troppo Armadillo seems to like Labor’s Craig Emerson’s