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Impossible You, Impossible Me: The Discursive Impasse of Identity Politics

Now more than ever, the Left needs to win people over. Yet, all too often, the Left pushes people away through its tendencies towards self-righteousness, cultural elitism, anti-intellectualism and attempts to censor all those with divergent views. Somewhere along the line, Left and Right became mutually dependent. Each has come to produce the other, leading
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Revitalising Food Systems on the Far South Coast

  My cousins grew up in Moruya. When we were kids, during the school holidays, my brother, my mum and I would make the drive down from Wollongong to see them, along the South Coast. We had great times together in beautiful surroundings. From the clear beaches and rivers to the rolling mountains around Araluen,
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Buddhism and Agriculture III: Fukuoka, Natural Farming and the Developing World

In his later life, Masanobu Fukuoka became very concerned with using natural farming to solve real-world problems. This was reflected in the progression of ideas in his writings. In his first book, The One-Straw Revolution, Fukuoka (1978/2009) outlined the philosophy and practice of natural farming. In his final book, Sowing Seeds in the Desert (Fukuoka,
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Buddhism and Agriculture I: The Philosophy of Masanobu Fukuoka

Masunobu Fukuoka (1913-2008) was a Japanese farmer and philosopher, who pioneered a school of farming referred to as ‘natural farming’ or ‘do-nothing farming.’ Fukuoka’s methodology entailed minimal human interference in the agricultural process, instead creating conditions in which natural processes, left to their own accord, maximise crop outputs. Fukuoka became highly prominent within the global
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Is Sustainability an Empty Signifier?

In 2008, I wrote my Honours thesis on the topic of sustainability. Drawing on the ideas of Antonio Gramsci and Ernesto Laclau, I developed the idea that sustainability could be thought of as an ‘empty signifier.’ After hammering out the details intermittently in the years that followed, I had my ideas on this topic published
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