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YOUTH VOICE: Analysing Max Weber — History, Culture and Capitalism

May 4, 2011 by


BY LISA TUCK. We are all products of our social and historical context. Max Weber, the German sociologist, believed the study of history is integral in understanding the lived experiences of other people and how their social, political and economic contexts came to influence their ideas. Weber lived during a period in which societies were greatly and rapidly transformed by the emergence of industrialism, and at a time when the great European powers struggled for world mastery.

WEEKLY DISPATCH: The Evolution of Liberal-Democracy, Part II — The Industrial Revoltion, Capitalism and the Grand Compromise

April 12, 2011 by

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BY BEN HABIB. The upheaval of the industrial revolution moulded liberalism and democracy into the liberal-democratic political system, embodied in the parliamentary system of checks and balances, that we know today. Parliament, as an expression of the liberal-democratic compromise, acts as a safety valve, incorporating dissenting views within the governing system so that people need not resort to revolution to maximise their welfare or mediate competing interests via the barrel of a gun.

WEEKLY DISPATCH: The Evolution of Liberal-Democracy, Part I — Absolutism, Feudalism and the Road to Revolution

April 6, 2011 by


BY BEN HABIB. The popular uprisings presently aflame across the Middle East give one pause to consider the hardiness and stability of Australia’s political system. The relative stability of our political system belies the fact that its ideological roots stem from a grand compromise, a centuries-long project by European, American and Australian political elites to manage the politics of socio-economic inequality and avoid the extremes of revolutionary social unrest. This is the project of liberal democracy.

WEEKLY DISPATCH: Making Climate Action Happen, Part III — Scrutinising Our Underlying Beliefs

February 15, 2011 by


BY BEN HABIB. Anyone who has tried to change any aspect of their behaviour will know that to create lasting change, knowledge is not enough. All the positive intent in the world is not enough. How do we go about altering environmentally unsustainable lifestyle patterns? Where do we start? It begins with identifying, scrutinising and altering the multi-layered beliefs systems that underlie our behaviours. Without addressing these underlying beliefs, any gains we make will be fleeting.