Every now and then you’ll hear someone begin a sentence with “I’m no expert but …” which will invariably, though not always, precede a monologue resembling little more than a passing acquaintance to the subject at hand, revealing the speaker’s pre-conceived version of the truth. This is not knowledge, it’s an opinion, which, as Plato put it, is the bridge between ignorance and knowledge, and which outs itself as nothing more than ideology.
Ideology is rarely founded in kindness or intellectual rigour, it’s usually founded in the preservation of power, in privilege, prejudice, in any or all its manifest forms, or in fear, or a combination of all of those things. Ideology preserves injustice, destruction of environment, marginalisation of minorities, racism, institutionalised discrimination, species extinction, preservation of privilege, high-office graft, and corruption, which makes something like The Flip-Side necessary.
This collection of juxtaposed public policy journalism, reportáge, analysis, stories and academic research, or in the spirit of George Orwell, to attempt to create some kind of art out of political writing, collated from the Chronicles Library, presents us with more to think about, so that we don’t merely give way to an anti-intellectual consortium that suggests that we can base our conclusions on little more than our own notion of the facts of a matter. Speaking truth to power is uncomfortable for those with that power, empowering for those who speak it and liberating for those who know it. Or, to put it another way – we’re shining a light into some dark corners and turning over some rocks – and who wouldn’t want that.
The Flip-Side is a place to assist us to fulfil Plato’s entreaty to inform ourselves – it’s a report on the state-of-play. The answer to the question about whether this work should continue is self evident. Click on the topic to read the article or hover anywhere over the card to read the “flip-side.” If you’re interested in wading through the Chronicles Library, it opens in a new window. Read on.
the flip-side …
(The COVID Recovery)
Australia needs public investment during the Covid recession, not tax cuts
Could Frydenberg ease this crisis by printing money? (Aug '20)
Leaked Covid-19 commission report calls for Australian taxpayers to underwrite gas industry expansion (May '20)
Australian businesses call for climate crisis and virus economic recovery to be tackled together (May '20)
More jobs in renewable-led COVID-19 economic recovery, EY report finds (Jun '20)
Forget JobSeeker. In our post-COVID economy, Australia needs a ‘liveable income guarantee’ instead (Jul '20)