Search Results: Clive Hamilton

  • ENVIRONMENT

    Live Earth goes with the consumer flow

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 12 December 2007

    Live Earth had united popular musicians around the world for a series of concerts highlighting climate change. In an oblivious act of irony they had contributed, on several levels, to the very problem they were trying to confront.

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  • ECONOMICS

    APEC good for business, not so good for humanity

    • Anne Lanyon
    • 05 September 2007
    5 Comments

    The APEC theme 'Strengthening our community: Building a sustainable future' is an honourable one. But look further, and you’ll get a glimpse of the priority the Australian Government has for things economic, and an acknowledgement of the role of business in shaping the agenda.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Polling whether politicians should go to heaven

    • Clive Hamilton
    • 08 August 2007
    13 Comments

    The results of the Australia's Institute's recent polling on the question reflect more than simple political judgments. While the Prime Minister seems to work hard at signalling his Christian beliefs, his moral standing appears tarnished by a widespread view that he is 'mean and tricky'. 

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Greenhouse mafia's scorching approach to climate change

    • John Button
    • 13 June 2007
    11 Comments

    No wonder people hope for arguments which suggest climate change will go away. The discussion about climate change has become increasingly feverish, polemical and downright dishonest.

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  • RELIGION

    Happiness and the Inner Self

    • Clive Hamilton
    • 13 June 2007
    10 Comments

    We all want to live a happy life. But what do we think of when we ponder our own happiness? In today’s society, dominated by the techniques of marketing and the culture of consumption, we are being persuaded to think of our happiness in a quite different way — as the gratification of our desires.

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  • CONTRIBUTORS

    Clive Hamilton

    • Clive Hamilton
    • 17 May 2007

    Clive Hamilton is executive director of The Australia Institute, a private, non-profit think tank in Canberra.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Upgrading ourselves towards obsolescence

    • James Massola
    • 02 April 2007
    14 Comments

    Modern consumer society is structured so that we are constantly unhappy with what we have. Advertisers make us feel dissatisfied so we keep buying new things, which is good for the economy but bad for the environment. The 'upgrade cycle' pushes us to buy the latest and greatest, whether we need them or not.

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  • RELIGION

    Churches could hold key to salvation for the Left

    • Clive Hamilton
    • 24 December 2006
    2 Comments

    The error of post-modernism, which grew out of the broad academic left and now dominates Western society, is that it has no metaphysical foundation for a moral critique. From 31 October 2006.

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  • RELIGION

    Churches could hold key to salvation for the Left

    • Clive Hamilton
    • 30 October 2006
    17 Comments

    The error of post-modernism, which grew out of the broad academic left and now dominates Western society, is that it has no metaphysical foundation for a moral critique. The churches remain the repository of the deeper understanding of life that once motivated some elements of the left.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Questioning the limits to freedom

    • Michael Mullins
    • 30 October 2006
    5 Comments

    No advocate of democratic freedoms has defended Sheik al-Hilali's right to compare immodestly dressed women to uncovered meat. The message is that promoting freedom is often—but not always—a valid means of recognising values that enhance individual and collective humanity.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Adrift in a spendthrift society

    • Tania Andrusiak
    • 24 April 2006
    1 Comment

    Tania Andrusiak reviews Affluenza, by Clive Hamilton and Richard Denniss.

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