The Minefield - ABC RN

The Minefield - ABC RN


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


Disasters and the media: Why must emotion trump understanding?  

Is the only time we can discuss the truly ‘big issues’ when no one is paying attention?

The ethics of presidential pardons  

Is legalism the right response to abuses of executive power, or are mercy and discretion vital for the proper functioning of justice?

What are the limits of religious freedom in liberal democracies?  

Does Australia need a positive statement of religious freedom as a basic right?

No Success Like Failure: Why Politicians are Bound to Disappoint Us  

Why are political idealism and unprincipled opportunism equally dangers to the wellbeing of the body politic?

Addressing Homelessness: When Did Our Social Sensitivities Take Precedence Over Our Sense of Justice?  

There’s no minimising how complex the problem of homelessness is. But perhaps the place to begin is by addressing our own sense of disdain and distaste.

Dual Citizenship: What is Gained? What is Lost?  

Is dual citizenship now a kind of way-station between nationalism and cosmopolitanism?

Who Bears Responsibility for Vast Inequality?  

Inequality is the defining social and economic reality of our time. But who should bear responsibility when poverty itself becomes moralised?

Organ and Blood Donation: Can We Overcome our Reticence to Give of Our ‘Selves’?  

How do we overcome the gap between our attitude and behaviour towards organ and blood donation?

Bonus - The Politics of Superheroes: Comics and the Real World  

The world of superheroes has long been intertwined with the political and social realities of our world.

Have Political Parties Had Their Day?  

Are political parties both a source and the nexus of the modern political malaise?

Australian Cricket: The Latest Front in the Stand-Off between Capital and Labour?  

Australian cricket has struck out into unchartered territory. Has the current pay dispute eroded the trust that is central to a mutually dependent relationship?

Is perfectibility flawed?  

How important is imperfectability in democratic politics?

Is Ignorance a Virtue in a Media-Saturated Age?  

Do we have a problem with knowledge? Does an exposure to too much information diminish our capacity for moral attention?

Is Speed Worth the Moral Cost?  

In a time of speed, the integrity and intelligibility of our moral lives may well hinge on our capacity to remember that slower is most often best.

Can We Do Without Trust?  

Unless we cultivate the capacity to trust, are we condemning ourselves to morally emaciated existences defined by fear, envy and mutual disdain?

Beyond recognition: When does justice trump the ‘politics of the possible’?  

Can the deliberative process which led to the Uluru Statement from the Heart be replicated in the wider Australian community?

Do we have Trump to thank for a renewal of democratic virtues?  

Should we be grateful that Donald Trump has upset our complacency and reminded us that democratic politics represent an inherently ethical vocation?

Milestones and the measure of the moral life  

Humans have a seemingly insatiable need to measure their lives. What role do milestones play in the formation of the moral life?

Après Macron: Is France’s election result really all good news?  

Does Emmanuel Macron’s win signal the start of the resumption of a benign neo-liberal, globalist status quo?

Can human rights survive without an account of human duties?  

Can human rights retain their relevance and efficacy without a renewed sense of what we owe to one another?

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