Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Professor Ronald Inglehart "Changing Mass Attitudes and Democracy".

Fullbright Scholar lecture

On 17 November, the University of Canterbury will host a lecture by Fulbright Distinguished US Scholar Professor Ronald Inglehart, Director of the World Values Survey which measures political and socio-cultural change in societies around the world. [ Monday 17 November, 11am — Commerce 013 ]

The World Values Survey has charted increasing happiness in most countries over the past two decades and this year ranked New Zealand 15th of 52 countries surveyed, one place ahead of the United States.

The topic of his free public lecture at UC will be: "Changing Mass Attitudes and Democracy". He will discuss how the basic values of publics around the world are changing in ways that lead them to give increasingly high priority to individual autonomy and free choice.

Combined with increasing levels of education these changes have given rise to increasingly widespread and effective demands for changes to democracy from authoritarian rule.

(Might be relative and inspiring to those politicians responsible for resolving the tensions in the war on drugs, and media on reporting it./Blair)

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