Monday, November 29, 2004

Compensation Culture

"In opposing our mythical compensation culture, Sunderland and Letwin are creating something much uglier: a risk culture. They are glorifying the risks which the powerful impose on the weak." 1

1. George Monbiot, 16/11/2004. The Myth of Compensation Culture,


Plan monitor and manage or predict and provide?

Monday, November 22, 2004

Against Progress and other Illusions

"In the minds of believers we can overcome the laws of nature; science can make us gods. Nothing that humans do however, can prevent the earth returning to equilibrium." 1

"The human animal may yearn for peace and freedom, but it is no less fond of war and tyranny. No scientific advance can alter the contradictions of human needs. On the contrary, they can only be intensified as sciense increases human power." 1

1. John Gray, Heresies: Against Progress and other Illusions.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Phychoanalysing Polititians

"Adopting a ready-made political role, one that all but crowds out any other aspect of yourself, provides identity, company and a pastiche emotional life. Because you expose your artifice only it feels phychologically safe." 1

1. Derek Draper, November 2004. My Generation, New Statesman.