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In a world marked by wicked social problems, The Minefield helps you negotiate the ethical dilemmas, contradictory claims and unacknowledged complicities of modern life.

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In a world marked by wicked social problems, The Minefield helps you negotiate the ethical dilemmas, contradictory claims and unacknowledged complicities of modern life.

    2020 — why does the future look so much like the past?

    2020 — why does the future look so much like the past?

    Back in 2008, newly elected prime minister Kevin Rudd convened a summit of Australia’s "best and brightest" to discuss what kind of nation they wanted Australia to be in 2020. Now that we’re here, 2020 doesn’t look very much like the future at all. What happened? Is there a lesson here about the importance of adopting a sceptical posture, a profound reticence to claim to know, much less predict, our political future? Or are we just reading the wrong signs?

    • 47 min
    Can we overcome terminal disagreement in our politics and morality?

    Can we overcome terminal disagreement in our politics and morality?

    If the recent glut of "democracy in crisis" books is anything to go by, there is a sense that something has gone wrong in our common life. Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has diagnosed the increasing 'tribalism' in and of our civic and political life particularly acutely, and he joins Waleed and Scott to discuss whether and how we might break free from its Manichean absolutism.

    • 44 min
    What if the greatest threat to a free media was from within?

    What if the greatest threat to a free media was from within?

    Our lives are saturated with 'news'; but far from creating informed citizens, this is producing forgetful, inattentive citizens. Megan Le Masurier joins us to discuss whether "slow journalism" could help us remember what matters.

    • 42 min
    Should children be given the vote?

    Should children be given the vote?

    Cambridge historian and host of the Talking Politics podcast, David Runciman, has put forward a radical proposal to extend the vote to children as young as six. Waleed Aly and Scott Stephens discuss whether this is just what is needed to recover a healthy democratic culture.

    • 47 min
    False necessities: Is 'taste' enough to morally justify the mass slaughter of animals?

    False necessities: Is 'taste' enough to morally justify the mass slaughter of animals?

    Is our culinary enjoyment enough to justify a complicity in cruelty which our fellow citizens find reprehensible?

    • 48 min
    Is literary fiction necessary for the moral life?

    Is literary fiction necessary for the moral life?

    What does a society lose when it neglects the moral discipline of reading literary fiction?

    • 45 min

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