• 08/05/2014 - 10:00

  • Poster good without God on telegraph pole
    11/16/2014 - 08:59

    Back in 20008, the Catholics had their World [Catholic] Youth Day in Sydney. At the time, I wrote an article for Home Page Daily. You can't currently access it, so I've re-released it here. This was part 1 - in due course, I'll re-release part 2. At the time, I thought our experience might help activists operating against World Catholic Youth Days. Unfortunately, the days do skip around the world leaping language barriers, making this a bit more difficult. Still, here it is again. It was quite an experience to live through

  • 12/02/2014 - 09:22

    Nuclear power is in the news again ... It was something Howard floated some time ago. Here's what I wrote at the time, something I hope sheds light on the current debate.

  • Protesters marching during world catholic youth day
    01/12/2015 - 11:24

    Here's part 2 of the article that I wrote on the the protests against the World Catholic Youth Day. It was originally in Home Page Daily, but no longer accessible there. So, I'll continue ...
    The Catholic Church's World Youth Day celebrations in Sydney received saturation media coverage in Australia but even though heavily outnumbered, various groups protested the event including Sydney Atheists. In the thick of the activist action JOHN AUGUST shares his experiences of the week that was.

  • 09/21/2015 - 10:32

    Back in 2008, I had an on-line debate with Greg Clarke who was the then-director of the Centre for Public Christianity. The subject was just how much influence the teachings of Jesus have on moral ideas generally, at least in our Western tradition. I've reproduced it here. I've not included comments from others which also appeared on the original blog, given that this is a copy of the original material, which I don't think appears elsewhere on the web. Anyway, here's the original exchange ...

  • 06/04/2016 - 09:25

    A letter I wrote to Mr Dominello and Mr Alexander back in 2012. It is a reflection of who I was back then and the life I was living, and a genuine attempt at the time to engage with the political system. I invited them to get back to me for further discussion, and I was talking about getting in touch. The replies did not mention that suggestion and I decided against pursuing it further. Then I spoke to Mr Dominello at a later stage about the letter I sent and he gave be a blank look. Oh well.

  • 11/26/2020 - 12:21

    I’ve long been interested in Chomsky’s writings, but I could always see good and bad in them. I’ve struggled to understand foreign policy and how the US fits in. It’s different to the picture painted by both Chomsky and his opponents.