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The Predation of Power

The abuse of power comes in many forms. It is pervasive across most societies.

  • There is the power of wealth to influence political processes to retain the economic status quo, despite the increasing dysfunction of the wealth disparity.
  • There is the power of violence to impose a particular control over others, whether that be at a personal level, such as domestic violence, or the intimidation of an army invading.
  • There is the power of brainwashing – the use of fallacies and lies to confirm biases or notions of superiority or, by repetition, to make others believe that wrong must be right.

But it is not a lost cause. We have the power to change attitudes and cultures. History has many examples. But it does need leadership, from each of us as individual role-models, as well as at the national and international level.

Part of the answer is education – enabling us all to be critical thinkers, to see through fallacies so that we can present arguments based on evidence and logic rather than fantasy or self-affirming belief. Part of the answer is people power. History has a catalogue of the powerful being overthrown by the united action of the people at the ballot box and even, on occasion, by revolution.

My next book, The Most Avoided Questions, asks Why is it so? It lays out testable evidence to challenge the unquestioning acceptance of the current trajectory of unrestricted growth on a finite planet.

It will be available in late November 2017 on Amazon and as an eBook on Kindle, Kobo, Nook and iBooks. Thank you for your patience!

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Kobo, Nook, iBooks and Kindle

By popular demand, I have uploaded all my novels as eBooks. Click on Kindle, Kobo, Nook (Barnes & Noble) or iBooks (Apple). Yours for $4.90 AUD.

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If you want a mystery story which will also challenge your thinking, these books are written for you!

 

The Most Avoided Questions

The_Most_Avoided_Questions_3D_coverMy previous writings have been in the world of fiction – for me, an easier way to allude to the truth while sharing mystery stories. This is my first venture into the world of non-fiction. The irony is that I have been provoked into it by seeing so much fiction out there in the real world which is either being misrepresented as fact or is part of fallacious attempts to influence and control thinking.

Now, with The Most Avoided Questions, I lay out a range of researched observations from multiple frames of reference with a view to provoking thinking, self-reflection and the development of an ability to see through fallacies.

For more information, click here.

The Napoleon Curse

The Napoleon Curse is now available from Amazon.

546 pages of thrilling excitement set in Fiji, New Caledonia, the Coral Sea, Cairns, the Queensland Gemfields and Papua New Guinea. Click here to read sample chapters and more about the story. Facebook here.

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Rams Skull Press

Rams Skull Press are continuing to offer my books, while current stocks last. I encourage you to visit the Rams Skull website. They gave me my start in publishing and they are good people. They have a niche business and are sole distributors of the works of the late Ron Edwards OAM.

Catching Legends $14.00

Searching for Siobhan, The Run or The Chess Board $19.00

Roller Coaster $22.00

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Don’t miss out! Contact the Rams Skull website TODAY!

The Chess Board is now an eBook

The Chess Board is now available on Kindle/Amazon

This is my first venture into eBooks. Please spread the word and enjoy your reading.

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Morality for the 21st century

The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights is an aspirational document formulated in 1948 and often held as the standard for good behaviour – how we should treat each other. Whilst the articles are often cherry-picked to emphasise an individual’s right to self interest, it is rare for anyone to refer to Article 29 which implies responsibility to a community or society at large.

Article 29 states:

(1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
(2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.

As the population of the planet approaches 8 billion by 2025, we need to be aware that this document was formulated  when the population was about a quarter of this projection, and the rationale was based to a large extent on the writings of The Enlightenment when the population was well less than 1 billion. Does context have an influence on what might be considered to be right or wrong behaviour?

In democratic societies, if the majority feel significantly disadvantaged while seeing 1% of the people controlling most wealth, power and advantage, then that is surely a recipe for a cultural change in thinking about moral responsibility. Revolutions in the past have happened when ruling groups did not listen to the disquiet of the majority. (cf French revolution, Russian revolution.)

In a globalised world, surely there is a need for a global approach to reducing the exponential growth of population, the plundering of natural resources and a culture of amassing financial fortunes at the expense of others. Rather, we should be building toward sustainable models of economic growth and an international legal framework which, as in Article 29 (2), limits individual rights proportionate to the general welfare of all people on the planet. Yes? No?

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Roller Coaster – now available

My latest novel, Roller Coaster, is now available . More information under Novels.

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‘The Run’ is available

The Run is now available, 340 pages set mainly in the Mediterranean. Can an aged revolutionary gain redemption by solving the impasse in the Middle East? And at what cost? See Access my Books.

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