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  1. The Australian Dream: Chapter 10

    ... of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump point to a tectonic shift in American politics. For much of the twentieth century, the dividing ... he readily seized opportunities to expand the scope of his power. So impressed was he with his abilities as president, and so unimpressed ... third term. His decision hinted at the ways personality and power were coalescing to strengthen the office of the presidency.  When ... crisis in the early 1930s, the danger of that growing power became visible. The crisis revealed a longing for an authoritarian, a ... Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked for “broad executive power” and Congress granted it. The word “dictator” was used, and used ... drawn into war with Europe, he repeated his cousin’s big power play: he ran for – and won – a third term, and then a fourth.  ...


  2. The Australian Dream: Chapter 4

    ... – exploitable labour. It was not exactly a win-win – the power balance was strongly in the settlers’ favour – but Aboriginal people ... Peter Kabaila in Survival Legacies notes this shift in identity. He says this new generation of Aborigines of mixed descent ... onto the fringes of the frontier. His life embodies the shift of Aboriginal people from outcasts to Australians. He was at times a ... “closing the gap.” Writing in the November/December 1966 issue, E.A. Willis, the board’s chief secretary, says: There is still ...


  3. The Australian Dream: Chapter 6

    ... asking Australians to recognise what is obvious. It is an issue heavy with symbolism, yet light on substance. Australians are notionally ... is there in isolation? For a decade I saw up close the power of the movement of people. China’s economic boom drove the biggest ...