Good news everyone! Refreshed by a spell on the bench I have decided to line up with the Troppo team, or at least alongside the team. The major mission is to keep people up to date with developments in classical liberalism, critical rationalism and Austrian social studies. Just so you can’t say you were never told.
To get the ball rolling I will recycle Why Labor Rules which appeared on the ABC unleashed site (now edited a bit for my own site). The suggestion is that the Liberals shot themselves in the foot when they introduced conscription during the Vietnam war. The result was to precipitate a flight of the educated middle class activists into the arms of the ALP or further to the left, with a massive delayed reaction in terms of the distribution of organisational and propaganda talent between the two major parties.
The piece was written before the NT election which almost falsified the thesis that Labor rules from coast to coast. It remains to be seen what happens in the west. Whatever happens I think the argument is sound because the Liberals have been a bit like a rugby team that can’t win a scrum, a ruck or a maul, so they only get possession when the other side drops the ball. Not entirely fair, but sometimes it looks like that.