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Resisting Trump from within: Civil disobedience, moral vanity or democratic betrayal?

9/11/2018
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If there are indeed White House officials actively impeding the wishes of a democratically-elected president, on what grounds can they do so? Is there any other way of classifying such behaviour than as a 'coup d'etat'?

Duration:00:46:16

Does democracy stand a chance against neoliberalism?

9/4/2018
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What are the democratic practices and forms of organisation that need to be recovered in order to provide meaningful resistance to neoliberalism’s decades-long assault on our common life?

Duration:00:43:23

What’s wrong with Australian democracy?

8/28/2018
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Is the way that Australia practices parliamentary democracy broken? Or is there something more perfidious about the fracturing of the political parties themselves that leaves little motivation for anything other than naked ambition?

Duration:00:44:21

Must public discourse be persuasive?

8/21/2018
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What are the limits of 'public deliberation'? When is one permitted to pronounce a fellow citizen/member of a political community, 'beyond the pale' or beyond the reach of political communion?

Duration:00:45:10

How important is truth in democratic politics?

8/14/2018
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In a democracy, the denial of shared facts also denies the possibility of a shared world in which we can deliberate together.

Duration:00:44:58

The tragedy of Emma Husar and the ethics of BuzzFeed: What’s in the public interest?

8/7/2018
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Was the publication of the allegations against the federal Labor MP Emma Husar in 'the public interest'? Or has its haste to scoop its rivals caused BuzzFeed to abandon the temperance and care with which personal lives should be handled — even those of politicians?

Duration:00:44:04

Can we still enjoy the labours of morally ‘tainted’ artists?

7/31/2018
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Can we still learn from, use, enjoy or legitimately benefit from the work of people who have committed egregious moral wrongs or who themselves hold morally repugnant beliefs?

Duration:00:40:35

Does multiculturalism pose a threat to national identity?

7/24/2018
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The choice between nationalism and multiculturalism is becoming increasingly stark in our time. But what if that choice is a false one?

Duration:00:44:23

Migration: Do prosperous nations have a moral right to exclude?

7/17/2018
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Increasingly, prosperous states like Australia are seeking to limit their migrant intake. When do states have a right to exclude migrants in need? Is there a case for 'open borders'?

Duration:00:46:30

Constitutional Recognition: A Wicked Problem?

7/10/2018
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Why has constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples proven to be an impossible 'problem' to solve? And why does it elicit fear among so many Australians?

Duration:00:48:34

Taxes or Wages: How Best to Address Inequality?

7/3/2018
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Is taxation overvalued as a way of addressing inequality? Or does taxation have a crucial role in maintaining residual forms of social solidarity and mutual concern in a predominantly neoliberal age?

Duration:00:39:37

Is Satire an Ethical Form of Speech?

6/26/2018
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Public and political discourse have grown increasingly intemperate over the past decade. Can satire, in times like these, be an ethical form of speech? Or is it just a progressive variation of 'hate speech'?

Duration:00:42:48

Is Humility a Virtue, Unfashionable or Not?

6/19/2018
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It is one quality that undergirds all others; it constitutes their ground, their condition of possibility. But is humility the virtue of all virtues?

Duration:00:39:23

Unfashionable Virtues: Steadfastness

6/12/2018
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In the ancient world, steadfastness is bound up with personal integrity and interpersonal loyalty. Today, can it provide the basis for dynamic political friendship?

Duration:00:41:34

Unfashionable Virtues: Frankness

6/5/2018
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Is frankness the preference of truth over 'opinion' or does it go beyond that? Is it the willingness to place oneself in a position of vulnerability?

Duration:00:40:26

Unfashionable Virtues: Forbearance

5/29/2018
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Should forbearance still be considered a virtue? Or is forbearance ultimately an undesirable response to a hideously unjust world?

Duration:00:44:10

Is Restraint an Unfashionable Virtue?

5/22/2018
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Is self-restraint a good in itself or is it open to corruption and distortion?

Duration:00:44:52

What Makes Torture Wrong?

5/15/2018
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Is torture morally unconscionable because it is an unreliable means of extracting information? Or is it morally wrong regardless of the quality of information it elicits?

Duration:00:43:51

Love-Labour: Is there a moral imperative to do housework?

5/8/2018
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Have we lost something essential to the moral life – something beyond monetary value – in our pursuit of convenience?

Duration:00:45:25

Bad Banks: Can Financial Services be Ethical?

5/1/2018
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What does the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry say about the nature of money?

Duration:00:44:45