Festival of Dangerous Ideas

I have recently become aware of a festival to be held in Sydney called the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.  The festival, to be held on 3/4th October and run by Sydney Opera House and St James Ethics Centre, features a number of lectures that look quite interesting:

Old people should pay for themselves, by John Humphreys (5:45pm Sunday 4 October)

People with flat screen TV’s should stop whinging about capitalism, by Oliver Hartwich & Cassandra Wilkinson (12:30pm Sunday 4 October)

Yes to child labour, no to the minimum wage, by Ray Evans (5:30pm Saturday 3 October)

In addition to the above, Christopher Hitchens and Keysar Trad will also be speaking.


#1 Eudaemonion on 08.18.09 at 8:15 pm

Dangerous ideas indeed. We can’t have freedom and personal responisibility breaking out! Think of the children!

#2 Eudaemonion on 08.18.09 at 8:17 pm

bah! Stupid iPhone keyboard. Responsibility.

#3 Kevin V Russell on 10.06.09 at 10:26 am

Did you see Hitchens on Q&A last week? You can still see the vodcast on the abc website. He had some very important observations to make about the state of Iran right now. I still can’t help thinking though it is the U.S. that caused a large part of the current crisis. The Ayatollah was only a response to the mad mand Shah Reza Pahlavi. The goon squads of Iran learned all their tricks from Sawak. For all its faults, at least Iraq was a secular state. The U.S. only stopped supporting Saddam when it became inconvenient to continue propping him up. They only declared war when Iraq said they would no longer accept U.S dollars for their oil.

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