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  1. _dhj_

    Economics at Uni

    If you want to do economics then go for it. The only problem with dist ed. I'd imagine is that you need to be motivated to study Economics. In truth, you don't need a teacher for HSC Economics. So long as you have a couple of decent textbooks and keep track of the recent statistics and trends...
  2. _dhj_

    Should Australia be a Republic?

    If not power then prestige. What else...?
  3. _dhj_

    Should Australia be a Republic?

    If we want to be a 'middle power', 'evolving' into a republic will not help us achieve the status. We need to strengthen militarily, for instance by developing nuclear weapons. It's a question of substance, not form.
  4. _dhj_

    Where are all the real men? :cold:

    Social roles evolve, values evolve. What it means to be masculine depends on what the present state of sociology, technology and science requires. Notions of masculinity existed because they were convenient for reinforcing and encouraging certain forms of societal specialisation. Certain jobs...
  5. _dhj_

    Where are all the real men? :cold:

    It's not Nietzschean at all, but certainly there is nothing which is not truth.
  6. _dhj_

    Where are all the real men? :cold:

    Actually the concept of truth is a human construct, in the sense that meaning in the form which we understand lives only when the physiological man asserts its existence, either by attributing it to god or otherwise.
  7. _dhj_

    Insomnia

    Similar story here, started about 2.5 yrs ago for me.
  8. _dhj_

    Right now, who would you vote for?

    Bs. Kevin Rudd is awesome. He is the apolitical technocrat, the modern man.
  9. _dhj_

    Right now, who would you vote for?

    Trefoil I respect your posts but it is LABOR for heavens sake.
  10. _dhj_

    Advice on used cars

    Try fleet auctions.
  11. _dhj_

    Right now, who would you vote for?

    I hate Turnbull.
  12. _dhj_

    Internet filtering: You can't opt-out

    To clarify, I am not a fan of accusing others of having 'inconsistent' or 'hypocritical' views. 'Inconsistency' is often a phantom of the imperfection of language in expressing ideas. It is the semantic tool which those who for instance oppose abortion, killing in war, capital punishment...
  13. _dhj_

    Internet filtering: You can't opt-out

    My comments are not to be taken as an endorsement of 'absolute' censorship of everything related to the mention subjects, but as to mean that censorship ought to be available as a tool to address the issues. Some material, depending on their seriousness and nature should be censored. It is true...
  14. _dhj_

    Internet filtering: You can't opt-out

    I think whether putting an absolute stop to alcohol, tobacco and gambling is beneficial to societal welfare is arguable both ways. There are the factors you have mentioned. On the other hand there are other factors - some individuals can maximise utility when they consume alcohol, tobacco and...
  15. _dhj_

    2008 Presidential Election - Obama v McCain

    Democracy is an evolving concept, and I am referring to the current embodiment.
  16. _dhj_

    2008 Presidential Election - Obama v McCain

    To take this notion further, perhaps our level of technology has superseded our generally accepted system of government.
  17. _dhj_

    Internet filtering: You can't opt-out

    "Societal welfare" is shorthand for aggregate individual welfare. It is unlikely that "absolute" bans (or censorship) would maximise such function, but some level of restrictions (or censorship) may well be appropriate. More choice (or "liberty") is not always better. First, choices carry...
  18. _dhj_

    Internet filtering: You can't opt-out

    Liberty is a means to an end. It is a concept which ought to operate purely in the rule utilitarian sense.
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