“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies”.
– Groucho Marx
‘Looking for Trouble’ is a forum for broadcasting my developing thoughts on political and social issues.
The analyses and opinions I will express can be expected to range between left-of-centre and far-left-of-centre, though I approach issues with an open and critical mind, and often find myself with positions divergent from political parties and thinkers who share my ideological alignment.
I am a History lecturer at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, and I teach units covering an extremely broad range of Global History, though my primary focus has been Twentieth Century History, Human Rights and Genocide. My research speciality has been in African History, and I participate in a weekly radio segment on African affairs, so there may be a noticeable over-representation of discussion on African issues and the developing world (though only noticeable due to the dearth of discussion in other forums). However, in many cases it is actually the future of the developing world that is central to analyses of global issues – from global warming, to poverty, to terrorism and nuclear weapons, to the changing global balance of power.