Simon Duffy

Thoughts, Bemusements & Arguments

Simon Duffy

Thoughts, Bemusements & Arguments


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Medical Power & Personal Health Budgets

22nd August 2011

The modern doctor evokes respect and awe, mixed with some fear and suspicion.

Make Learning Fun for All

19th August 2011

The following lessons are shared by experts in inclusive education - committed to ensuring that disabled children play a full part in classrooms, schools and the whole educational experience.

The Fictional Economy

10th August 2011

One of the most frightening things we do as human beings is to hurt ourselves with fictional entities.

Six Blind Men of Hindustan

6th August 2011

It may be that the treatment for attitude is experience. But what do we each experience?

Churchill and the Persians

4th August 2011

Churchill observed "America will always do the right thing... but only after exhausting all other possibilities." 

The Gift of Equality

31st July 2011

We can only share with each other the gift of equality when we realise the ultimate emptiness of the other person's power over us.

Turning Wealth into a Desert

30th July 2011

An aphorism.

Equality of Opportunity

29th July 2011

When we demand equality we are rightly demanding recognition of our fundamental equality - our essential human dignity or worth.


28th July 2011

Imagine a man who washes up on a desert island. He has all he needs, but then new people arrive on what he thinks of as ‘his island’.

Don't Take Advantage

Don't Take Advantage

26th July 2011

Justice is always best measured from the perspective of the weakest.

Four Kinds of Designer

24th July 2011

There are four kinds of designer or innovator, each with their own style. No style is right; each has its merits and its limitations.

Irony of Education

23rd July 2011

We must see education as the development of what is already innate.

Dignity Comes First

22nd July 2011

Human rights trump property rights says Exodus.

Designing from the Wrong End

Designing from the Wrong End

21st July 2011

The challenge of genuine social innovation and welfare reform is to figure out how to make the 'good idea' be more than a 'good idea'.

Educational Totalitarianism

20th July 2011

Good education implies freedom - faith in the unfolding of human potential.

Crazy Systems

19th July 2011

A crazy system is one that defeats the purpose it was set up to achieve.

Oppression as a Reproach to God

Oppression as a Reproach to God

18th July 2011

Why is it an insult to God to oppress the poor?

Power is a Poison

Power is a Poison

17th July 2011

Solzhenitsyn observes that the poison of power is deadly for those who believe in nothing but themselves.

The Kutuzov Strategy

The Kutuzov Strategy

16th July 2011

Successful social innovation requires an understanding of the fundamental forces at work and the flow of time and history.

The Citizenship Imperative

15th July 2011

Thoughts on Leviticus.

Early American Federalism

Early American Federalism

14th July 2011

Alexis de Tocqueville observes that early American federalism assumed one starts with the small and builds to the large and it was based on religious and moral principles.

Lincoln's Best Sort of Principle

Lincoln's Best Sort of Principle

13th July 2011

Lincoln's "best sort of principle" seems worth remembering, even if it's insufficient on its own.

True Leaders in History

12th July 2011

Lao Tzu's vision of leadership is rooted in a faith in the Tao and this faith is critical to the realisation of true leadership.

Giving as God has Given

11th July 2011

Scripture teaches us that we need to think carefully about both how we give and our need to give.