[SydPhil] Philorum Group @ Central. 2014-03(Mar)-04 Tue. On economic secularism (Joffre Balce)

John Bentley jlrbentley at yahoo.com.au
Tue Mar 4 12:14:28 AEDT 2014

Secularism has been limited to the separation of government and the
independence of legislation from the undue influence of religious dogma,
institutions, leaders and dignitaries. However, the undue influence from
ideological and economic institutions have had a more influential role in
more recent times. Many discussions have been unfortunately, reduced to knee
jerk reactions, labelling and choosing between a pass or rejection of policy
rather than arriving at better solutions based on careful deliberation.
Furthermore, lobbyists have become so powerful that they end up doing the
research instead of the legislators and regulators as well as the drumming
up of support through grants to the academe and pressures on media through
revenue streams and their outright ownership. This talk aims to extend the
concept of secularism to freedom from economic dogma and vested interests
that -- in the same way religious dogma and vested interests were -- may be
inimical to the endeavour for the best solutions, risk management measures
and systems of governance.

Dates: 1st Tuesdays of the month. Nights.
18:15 for a 18:30 Start. Finish 21:30
(Feel free to come and go at any point during the night.)

The Members Bar, Floor 1
(Keep winding up to the top of the stairs.)
The Gaelic Club
64 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills 2010 NSW
Sydney, Australia
(100 metres from a Central railway station exit.)

Cost: $3 donation. (This goes entirely to the venue).


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