Category Archives: psychology

Why we need to know

An educated, informed electorate is an essential bulwark of democracy. People want things to be simpler, said voters in three big electoral events last year – Malcolm Turnbull’s narrow squeak, the Brexit plebiscite and the US presidential election. Complexity almost … Continue reading

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Shooting people does nothing for addiction

“There is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong.” – H.L. Mencken Early this month, amid a furore over his country’s police killing thousands of drug dealers, Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte let it slip … Continue reading

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Orlando shows why reform is so hard

The trouble with terrorism is that it’s an excuse for not doing the hard stuff. The president said so, the presidential candidates said so, the FBI said so. It must be true. Orlando was an act of terror, a political … Continue reading

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