Conformity And Empty Choices


Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. – John F. Kennedy Conformity is seldom celebrated, often denounced.  Contemporary Western culture contains strong liberty themes, and conformity is often posited as an enemy to this triumphant advance of freedom. Conformity is ostensibly a yielding to the pressures of others; a placid compliance with established powers; an […]

Violence, Irish Gypsies And Vitriol


“It’s a step backwards”, said Dr. Steve Parnis, vice-President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), “it’s something you would expect from the 19th century.” This statement came amidst an AMA call to ban all combat sports for individuals under 18, including removing them from the olympics. “But the AMA’s bottom line is that we are there […]

Purchasing Peace

Blue Lake

I took a walk along the shores of a lake today, and aside from the aggressions of a local goose,  I left wanting more. My family and I travelled to a nearby town in the high country – a scene replete with chilled mountain air, a serene lake, large green trees and cafes full of capable baristas. […]