I’ve just put a new entry in my amazon wish list – In Defense of Globalisation by Jagdish Bhagwati.
As a leftist liberal, I used to be very much against globalisation. And I still believe that it has an ugly face. But I am starting to see a distinction between ‘globalisation’ the phenomenom and ‘globalisation’ the goal of large corporations to be the new empire builders.
From my reading of the reviews, Bhagwati defends globalisation as the only opportunity for the reduce global poverty.
I have thought quite a lot about this over the last twelve months as I have dreamt of what it would be like to produce a global software product. I could gather a team of developers here in Melbourne and write the new killer app. Or I could gather a team of analysts here in Melbourne and get a team of Indians (or Russians or Malays) to write it.
Why shouldn’t we in the West be prepared to purchase skills from the East? Why should we consider people from our own country? We are incredibly wealthy. Surely it is greedy of us to want to keep all the work in our own country? Just as much as it would be greedy to want to keep all the work on our side of town or our local neighbourhood.
There are people on the other side of the world who need to be fed. Is there not enough work to go around for everyone in the world.
It seems now that the greatest oponents of globalisation are people who oppose it not on the grounds that it is exploitative, but on the grounds that it is likely to them or people they know losing their jobs. If we skill ourselves appropriately, and keep skilling ourselves we can find the global market niche where we are competitive. If we rest on our laurels and build protectionist bariers around ourselves we will eventually become a third world country ourselves.

Alexandra Kerry

Honestly how can Alexandra Kerry’s decision to, or not to wear a bra be newsworthy? What is with this obsession with voyeurism where we have to catch every glimpse of a nipple and publish it all around the world?
She was wearing a black dress without a bra. Well maybe that’s something 15 and 16 year old boys might get excited about – but newspaper editors all over the world?
Well, I guess if that’s all they’ve got to get a kick out of who am I to criticise?
And just finally, can someone tell me why the country that gave us Playboy, Penthouse and a naked breast in every movie is so prudish?

Kindergarten – the purest form of Education

I like to think back to the times when my children were happiest at school.
As I remember all the experiences of my four girls, I invariably think of their time at Kindergarten. This is where they learnt to explore the world outside home in any sort of formal environment. They learnt about getting up with anticipation and expectation to the day’s activities at kinder. What would be in the room today? What will I paint? What colours will I explore today? What will I make? Who will I play with? Of course four year olds don’t have words to put to these thoughts but they have the thoughts anyway.

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Boys, oh Boys

I am growing increasingly tired and irritated by the continuing calls for “something to be done about boys in school.” I wonder about the underlying motivation of the movement. I think it is really a desperate attempt to hang on to male domination?

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Let’s Never let it happen again

For months now Australia’s two largest football codes have been racked with accusations of ‘sexual misconduct’. Let’s call it for what it is – rape! The saga started back in February when several players from the Sydney based Rugby League club the Cantebury Bulldogs, on a training weekend in Coff’s Harbour invited a woman back to the team hotel on the last night. The woman claims she was gang-raped and assaulted by the hotel pool.

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