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  1. What's Left - Chapter 1

    WHAT’S LEFT? The death of social democracy Clive Hamilton LABOR LOST In May 2002, at the ... I addressed the national conference of the ALP/Trade Union Left, which is held annually in Canberra. In thinking about what I would say, I ... up whether to play it safe and state the usual things about social injustice and the Howard government’s penchant for penalising the most ... to democratic socialism. The distinction between social democracy and democratic socialism was always blurred, but it roughly reflected ...


  2. What's Left - Chapter 6

    CAN LABOR BE REVIVED? Can Labor reinvent itself as a social democratic party, or as a party with a progressive political stance that ... to the one I articulated to the conference of the ALP/Union Left.  Traditionally [he wrote], Left-of-Centre parties have tried to achieve their goals for social justice by tackling various forms of economic disadvantage. Today, ... Button restated the traditional deprivation model of social democracy but also expressed doubts about the “aspirational voter”. He ... solely for its possible political impact. Yet if disunity is death, it is nothing compared to the rigor mortis of dull conformity. ...


  3. What's Left - Chapter 11

    ... Taken together with his intermittent attacks on the “Left”, we must wonder whether he has not succumbed to the growing tendency ... privileges available to the state to reinforce a particular social structure and its underlying value-preferences (a process that is being ... other story again). It has already led to the unnecessary death and suffering of thousands of innocent Australians. We have over time, it ... of casualties. We continue, however, in the name of freedom, democracy and all the other epithets used by scoundrels, to place our young ... this last goal admirably. Graeme Cheeseman What's Left - Chapter 11 ...


  4. What's Right? - Chapter 7

    ... and others in the communication industries, psychologists, social workers, those lawyers and doctors who make their careers in the ... as we have seen, is that the cultural revolution of the Left has destroyed the moral integrity of society in favour of postmodern ... who, like many neo-conservatives, describes herself as once left-wing), the result has been “the creation of a debauched and disorderly ... The very future of liberal society, and even liberal democracy, is imperilled.  The Howard government took this seriously, ... a result of that leftist orthodoxy – for the fact that the issue had not been ventilated as he would have liked. Andrews’ Liberal ... the leadership of Malcolm Turnbull, which finally met its death in December 2009. The key issue, of course, was not multiculturalism, social cohesion or indeed any other ...


  5. Voting for Jesus - Chapter 11

    WHAT’S LEFT? Correspondence Andrew Norton In a series of books since the ... consumption as the road to a better society”. But the Left has also not escaped criticism, and in What’s Left? The Death of Social Democracy , Hamilton elaborates on his view that social democrats share the neo-liberal assumption. They disagree over how ...


  6. Trivial Pursuit - Chapter 2

    ... than the Coalition when it fails to deliver reform. The issue that triggered Labor’s loss of face in 2010 was climate change. Kevin ... to prove he still had vision and strength, but he picked an issue that was too complex to be digested in the time he had left before the election was due to be called. The so-called resource super ... with an advertising campaign that tested the limits of our democracy. The media, transfixed by the prospect that Rudd might lose his job, ... recession, they trust Labor over the Coalition to defend the social safety net. In boom time, they trust Labor over the Coalition to invest ... between 1990 and 2010, five have been in the 30-something death zone. The party is a perverse victim of the Hawke–Keating economic ...


  7. Kangaroo Court - Chapter 11

    ... failures were directly responsible for a recession that left a million people unemployed or whose national security ineptitude resulted in the death and injury of a number of its citizens? I am sure the Australian people ... is tied irrevocably to outcomes – whether in economic, social or military policies. Gaita’s position – if I understand him ... be so divorced from its consequences. A smooth transition to democracy in Iraq would have helped the moral legitimacy of George Bush’s ... incompetence. However, the grave risk for the liberal left lies in its embrace of a moral principle that is untenable – given that ...


  8. Mission Impossible - Chapter 7

    ... Science at the University of Baghdad, came at the same issue from a different angle. As we sipped Pepsi in his high-walled garden, he ... Hussein of Jordan, argued that the tribes are the strongest social force in what he calls the “broken shell” of the state of Iraq. But, ... speaking during the first months of the occupation and the issue that challenged him most was the tribes and their culture: “It’s a ... escalating violence. Hickey explained, “It’s $1500 for a death and up to $500 for injuries, provided the victims were not involved in ... still shooting at us. It’s hard to impose Western ideas of democracy instantly, so we’re taking baby steps first. The mayor of Falluja ... those years. Socially, you’d think that Saddam would have left Iraq in the same shambles that he left it economically. But the tribal ...


  9. Mission Impossible - Chapter 5

    ... in the world lure a constant procession of prayer and death, through the day and even into the night. On my first visit to Karbala, ... and acolytes in Baghdad and across the south of Iraq left me in no doubt as to his pervasive authority, which extends from the ... political forces time to take control. In the vacuum left by the toppling of Saddam, the mosque was one of the few remaining threads of the social fabric that survived. Although the powerful dynastic families of the ... blocks in the floundering US effort to establish a political democracy in Iraq. Unquestionably, al-Sistani is the supreme Shiite leader ... deputies, at least one of whom will not be Shiite. Another issue which was fudged in the constitution, but which is likely to be ... too much power to intervene in the parliament. Yet another issue is the rights of women. The constitution says that 25 per cent of the ...


  10. The Happy Life - Chapter 9

    ... the right to malign those who do see it as a major policy issue; and the implied conflation of boatpeople and immigration numbers is ... in the area. I get the feeling that it’s an emotional issue for him, one on which he can’t bear to read those who disagree with ... extermination?” Megalogenis magisterially brushes the issue away. “I’m prepared to argue that Australia is better off putting the ... Megalogenis is ambiguous about public opinion, and indeed democracy. To the business right (by which I mean roughly the ideology that emanates from the Australian newspaper) democracy means not government by the people or for the people so much as ... being roughly where he claims most Australians are: a little left of centre. He could not be more wrong! George is clearly of the ... right – by which I mean not necessarily intolerant on social issues, but anti-populist, rigid in its belief that what matters most is ...