The Dreaming – My Latest Podcast Series

The Dreaming – My Latest Podcast Series

I’ve started a brand new podcast series with David Cole called “The Dreaming”. It’s going to be a long series focused on indigenous affairs. We plan to talk to historians, anthropologists, academics, journalists, politicians, artists and every...
How To Embezzle $100 Million

How To Embezzle $100 Million

Step 1. Start a financial services firm. Step 2. Make sure you are the only person in the company who sees the bank statements. Step 3. “Using a combination of Photo Shop, Excel, scanners and both laser and ink jet printers… make very convincing forgeries...
Does Deprivation Fire Ambition?

Does Deprivation Fire Ambition?

In the NYT today, David Brooks makes some interesting points about motivation, reflecting on Romney’s latest gaff: The final thing the comment suggests is that Romney knows nothing about ambition and motivation. The formula he sketches is this: People who are...
The Irony Of Australia

The Irony Of Australia

I’m re-reading The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes and thinking about the great irony that King George III punished thieves by sending them out to Australia while simultaneously stealing the entire country off of its traditional owners. Steal a loaf of bread = five...