Craig Sinclair

Canberra, Australia

About Craig

Bio

Public Servant, Fantasy Novelist, Electronic Music Production

Areas of Expertise

English Literature , psychology - cognition, novelist

An idea worth spreading

"F*ck It" - The perfect Western expression of the ancient Eastern concept of letting go of the past.

I'm passionate about

Philosopy, Fantasy and Sci-Fi literature, Personality, Cognition and Evolutionary Psychology, Meta-Physics, Weight-Lifting, Strategy and RPG PC Games, Human Consciousness

Comments & conversations

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Craig Sinclair
Posted almost 4 years ago
why protests don't work in the long run
I used to think that "working through the system" was the best way too. Usually it is. Sometimes it doesn't work though. Look at the issue of Indigenous land rights in Australia, Mabo, or even gay marriage. Groups of people have tried various things, sometimes over decades, to achieve a just and fair legal outcome--through the judicial branch, which uses the very same laws that the government themselves created. Then, when the government decides they don't like that outcome, they immediately re-write their own laws overturn the ruling. Same thing happened after Mabo. Aboriginals overturned Terra-Nullius through the existing system, to claim ownership of various bits of land, and the Government simply redefined the Free Hold leasing system, almost overnight, to automatically extinguish the rights of ownership they'd just won. Same thing with gay marriage, when it looked like the *existing* system and the laws might actually allow it, they simply came up with a new definition to stop it even reaching the system at all. That's just an example, but the point is the executive branch of any government can change the system any time they want. Do you really think the protesters in Syria will overthrow their government by working through that government's system?
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Craig Sinclair
Posted almost 4 years ago
Martin Jacques: Understanding the rise of China
I love China and really hope China and the world in 2050 can live peacefully together. One things about the Chinese people, in general, amaze me though. People in the West support Human Rights in China because it gives people the freedom to live happy lives - to not be a slave to any man, woman, or government. Yet the Chinese themselves don't seem to want Democracy, or the right to choose what to think, or believe, or say about how China should be run? I just find it absolutely insane that the people in the "West" (I live in Australia by the way) care MORE about the freedom, liberty and prosperity of the people in China than the actual people in China do? How does that work? How do people in China, if you live there, justify living under a dictatorship? It blows me away that the Chinese complain about "Corrupt Officials" but don't realise that the entire SYSTEM of government in China makes certain that the government will always be corrupt. Why would anyone with power give power to other people when they can just give it themselves instead? That's human nature. Democracy FORCES any government to listen to the people that they rule--otherwise those people with power simply get replaced by people who will listen. The entire Arab world is throwing off the shackles of their tyrants and choosing Democracy, so they can have a government that actually HAS TO support the people. Why is it that me, an Australian, seems to care more about YOUR RIGHTS as a Chinese citizen than you care yourself?