According to the blurb, “launched in March 2011, The Conversation is an independent source of information, analysis and commentary from the university and research sector”.
The site makes the boast that it is “curated by professional editors”. Perhaps it should read: convenient bolt-hole for former Age editor-in-chief, Andrew Jaspan.
Based on a consortium of a number of universities as well as the CSIRO (organisations which are providing substantial funding given the list of paid staff), this site strikes me as emblematic of all that is wrong with Australian universities. Crammed with puerile, naïve, left-wing tosh, the contributing academics (yes, Sinc, what were you thinking?) really have no idea when it comes to serious public policy contributions.
Take the recent piece by political scientist, John Keane, on the debt crisis in Greece. All of a sudden an all-knowing economist, he sees only virtue in the demonstrating lazy, tax-evading Greeks. His response: just forget the debt and onwards and upwards.
If democracy is a way of life and a type of self-government which respects and protects the dignity of people, then by that measure the Greek system of party politics and representative democracy has badly failed its citizens.
It has done something far worse than corrupt their state, bankrupt their economy and herd citizens into the frightful uncertainty that comes with unemployment, massive debt and poverty. It is robbing them of their dignity.
Dignity after all involves retirement on a full pension at the age of 50 for hazardous occupations, including television presenters, and being a public servant but never turning up to work. Paying taxes – purely optional.
If I had more manual dexterity, I would provide further examples of the complete drivel that is emerging from The Conversation. So go have a look over at theconversation.edu.au yourself and WEEP.