19 July 2022, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Any replies to the organizer
1. So what is 'freedom' in your view? What other ideas of
'freedom' might other people have? How far should
responsibilities check 'freedoms'?
2. What freedoms
should a person surrender to live in a society or work for an
employer? Any group of men, women and children are unequal in
many ways. They vary in abilities, dispositions and resources.
Some are generous, some are selfish. Some will do anything to
get what they want, even kill.
3. What powers and what
independence should a judge have to decide the future freedom of
4. What authority should parents exercise
over children? Whan should the state have a right to intervene?
5. Should education be compulsory? What kind of education?
6. Should a woman have freedom to decide to abort? Why or
7. What should you be required to have a licence
to own or to use or to do? Justify?
8. Voting in
Australia is compulsory. Failure to vote attracts a $20 fine.
What are some arguments for and against compulsory voting.
9. Worldwide, many new laws seek to manage the environment
and sources of energy. These laws impinge upon earlier freedoms
of individuals, companies and governments to act independently
(often ignoring the environment). What is a workable balance of
interests in this situation?
10. With the end of the Cold
War (1991) USA administrations felt that America was
'exceptional', virtuous, and free to tell other countries how to
behave. How did that work out? Lessons?
Julian Ryall (15 July 2022) "In Japan, online insults
punishable by up to a year in prison" The Age @
[Quote: "Japan has seen a sharp increase in incidents of
online abuse and cyberbullying, with experts suggesting that
people find it easier to criticise and insult behind the
anonymity of social media posts".]