The Ideology
Smackdown Series

Using Ethics to Overcome Opposition


Why are people so stupid? Whether we’re talking about politics, security, justice or the economy, for every sensible opinion you have, there are thousands of people who passionately believe in the exact opposite – and worse, they’re completely convinced they’re right.

Using five raging social issues of our time, The Ideology Smackdown series offers you the chance to get to the bottom of this once and for all, employing professional ethics to understand your opponents, learn how to overcome their incorrect beliefs, and best of all, make sure you weren’t the incorrect one to start with. They say ‘you can’t argue with stupid’; this series will prove that ‘stupid’ never existed in the first place.

Gordon Young, lecturer in professional ethics at RMIT University and principal of Ethilogical Consulting will be leading these super interesting classes throughout the year.

All classes are $16 and are held at Embiggen Books in Melbourne CBD.


The Ideology Smackdown: Globalism vs Localism

What's it all about? The unexpected rise of Donald Trump to power brought a number of formerly fringe issues into the spotlight, and the debate between globalism and localism present the greatest consequences for the world by far. Should we continue the grand march towards a global community, swapping our sovereignty for increased trade, tourism…


The Ideology Smackdown: Modern Medicine vs Anti-Vaccination

What's it all about? The rise of the anti-vaccination movement and open skepticism of the medical establishment caught many by surprise. While rejection of modern science is treated as dangerous idiocy by some, for other it is a long overdue challenge to an industry that has held itself aloof from the patients it claims to…


The Ideology Smackdown: Security vs Freedom

What's it all about? Ever since the second plane hit the World Trade Centre on 2001, the question of how to balance security against freedom has become horribly real for governments and citizens everywhere. Those for freedom argue that surrendering our liberty for safety leads to risk government abuse and the death of our way…