Freedoms worth Fighting for
Aggressors misjudge free people, thinking they will not stand up for their values. The Ukraine war and the severe tensions in the Taiwan Straits offer stark reminders that security of territory, culture, prosperity or liberal pluralist social conditions are just one despot, invasion or campaign of intervention away from us on any day. The men and women of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) are operating in training conditions and strategic landscapes that are full of high level cyber threat, peer to peer potential warfare and more. However they are up to it, being both progressive and professional.
Coping in a time of Polycrisis
Adam Tooze of Columbia University has looked at the
complexity of challenges facing the global community: economics, politics,
geopolitics, and environmental issues overlap to produce a polycriris.
“As publics lose perspective, forfeit
historical knowledge, rely on self-reinforcing media and prioritise emotion
over reason, the distrust between the people and the governing class will
become entrenched. Australia has this problem to a lesser extent than other
democracies but our problem is real and serious.” (Paul Kelly, The Australian)Australian politicians must grasp
this complexity and fully engage the community to ensure social cohesion and the
survival of our democracy.