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Playing in the Lifeworld

 Written by Darcy O'Connor    Meet Jenny. She is a human. She has some crucial biological features in common with roughly half the other humans. She lives on an island near the bottom of the world. On Tuesdays, she enjoys using a metal rod to hit a little white ball...

Review: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

  Reviewed by Connor Harvey   One of the notable strengths of the PPE degree is the opportunity it affords students to study widely across different disciplines. This goes against the steady trend of increased academic specialisation and promotes big-picture thinking...

A Woman In Politics: My Experience

  By Isabella Pennings   Before I begin this article, I want to highlight that I write this article from a place of privilege. I write this as a white woman, one who was lucky enough to go to a very good high school, be part of a supportive family, and grow up in a...

Opinion: On the Legalisation of All Recreational Drugs

  By Matthew Diamond   Few, if any, would argue that the war on drugs has been anything but a disaster; however, many still argue that it can be won if we just try a little harder. They argue that the harms associated with the use of drugs can be counteracted through...

Polarised: Politics in the modern age

  By Louis Altena   On the 19th of August I was lucky enough to attend Dr Cornell West and Douglas Murray’s Polarised speaking event on the last night of their tour in Brisbane. The talk was highly enjoyable and as it was closing night it was clear that Dr West and...

OPINION: Why Inequality Matters

  By Connor Harvey & Hamish Greenop-Roberts   “There’s class warfare alright, but it’s my class, the rich class that’s making war. And we’re winning.” – Warren Buffett In the recent opinion piece ‘Inequality and Why It’s Misleading’, our colleague Brodie Fennell...

Opinion: How Marxism Explains Everything

  Written by Priya De “You may have come across communist memes on social media. The man, the meme, the legend behind this trend is Karl Marx… The political philosopher turned 200-years-old on May 5, but his ideas can still teach us about the past and present.” This...

Opinion: Inequality, and Why it’s Misleading

  By Brodie Fennell, Edited by James Penfold At present, Australia and the world are facing grim economic prospects. To liberals such as myself, future economic growth looks increasingly unsustainable in a world dominated by populists and disruptors on both the left...

The Utility of Free Speech

  By James Penfold Have you ever been enjoying yourself, probably at a party or a family dinner, or maybe just scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed, when someone ‘gets political’? Maybe it’s your crazy uncle (or even your reasonable uncle after a few glasses of...

Hogan & the Jacaranda

By James Penfold There was once, in the city of Logan, On an busy but unknown street, The house of a man named Hogan, And in front, a Jacaranda tree. Every year the tree had bloomed, With a rich purple to put emperors to shame, But unfortunately, it stood where the...

Guns don’t kill arguments; people kill arguments.

Written by Brodie Fennell, Edited by James Penfold In my first entry into the PPE magazine I thought I would engage in one of my favourite pastimes. Specifically, using informal logic to examine and make sense of the current world of politics. In doing so, I thought I...

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