Category Archives: Political theory

Authoritarianism: GUEST POST by John Burnheim

Arguing with an American ex-Australian now resident in Canada, I contested his view that, of the three countries, America is the least and Australia the most, authoritarian. In part it was a verbal difference. I was taking “authoritarian” in the … Continue reading

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The first page test: Hannah Arendt edition

There’s an amazing amount of dreck about – masquerading as the latest thinking. It’s not that there isn’t a lot to think about, so it’s easy to think you should read this or that. How to choose? One of my filters is … Continue reading

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The people’s voice: as rage and as healing

There’s a spectre haunting Europe … and the rest of the Western world. We have elaborate ‘diversity’ programs in good upper-middle-class places to prevent discrimination against all manner of minorities (and majorities like women). It’s a fine thing. But there’s a … Continue reading

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Centrist strategic voting

This is my response to Peter Dempster’s proposals. I can see one important merit of them. Electoral politics is inherently polarising because electoral politics involves politicians beating other politicians to qualify to be politicians in the first place – by getting into … Continue reading

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The Rise of China and dealing with American grief.

Like the world today, Europe in the 19th century witnessed major shifts in the balance of power, with new technologies changing how life was lived. Otto von Bismarck, a Prussian, saw opportunities in that chaos. He unified the warring German … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Democracy, Economics and public policy, Geeky Musings, History, Life, Political theory, Politics - international, Social Policy, Society | 25 Comments

PETER DEMPSTER: A strategic voting proposal in defence of centrism

Well folks, as you know, Club Troppo is the only website east of the whole damn Murray Darling system that has the reputation to attract the kind of high quality debate we’re in for tonight. So everyone, in your best ClupPony … Continue reading

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My letter to the Financial Times: All finance requires is an upgrade for the internet age

All finance requires is an upgrade for the internet age From Nicholas Gruen, VIC, Australia Given the resounding “No” from the Swiss in the Vollgeld or “sovereign money” referendum, and despite Bob Sleeper’s relief (Letters, June 12), Martin Wolf’s central … Continue reading

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