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  1. What's Right? - Chapter 1

    WHAT’S RIGHT? The Future of Conservatism in Australia Waleed Aly Andrew Kenny’s brilliant essay in the 5 February 2005 issue of the Specta tor should be made compulsory reading for anyone ... of politics. Those terms, of course, are Left and Right, and in spite of their ubiquity they are utterly meaningless and should ... progressive, are critical too. In the December 2005 issue of Quadrant , Tom Switzer and Neil Clark wrote an illuminating ...


  2. What's Right? - Chapter 9

    THE FUTURE OF CONSERVATISM The decades spanning the late twentieth and early twenty-first ... in favour of aggression and ideological belligerence. Neo-conservatism, perhaps due to its influences from progressive political ... parties in the Anglosphere has been as steep as the rise. Australia’s Coalition is presently in disarray. The Republicans in the United ... from politicians can alter it. Conservatives have every right to lament these developments, but in the best traditions of conservatism, ... neo-liberal neo-conservatives are gambling their ideological future on winning the debate about the climate-change hoax. This is not only ... and show no sign of disappearing. With the exception of the right of religious institutions to discriminate on religious grounds (a right ...


  3. What's Right? - Chapter 6

    ... Gray colourfully dubs neo-liberalism a “Maoism of the Right,” a “permanent revolution of unfettered market processes, not the ... It is difficult to imagine how it might be, unless of course conservatism is radically redefined. As the rapidly increasing inequalities of ... the social monstrosities it throws up. In October 2006, the Australia Institute issued a discussion paper highlighting the increasing ... Here is the crux of the matter. Never mind the serious issue of cultural disintegration at hand, this was an attack on the free ... decades to express itself. Third and most importantly, the issue here is the commercial exploitation of sexuality. Even if the Left is ... we can be certain of when we are talking about the economic future of this country; that is, that the future wellbeing, the future ...


  4. What's Right? - Sources

    SOURCES “Is Castro left-wing or right-wing? Explain your answer”: Andrew Kenny, “The End of Left and Right,” The Spectator , Vol. 297, No. 9209, 5 February 2005, 18–19. ... “The End of Left and Right,” 19. “What brought Conservatism into existence”: Lord Hugh Cecil, Conservatism (London: Home ... on the Revolution in France , 29. “duty of future Conservatives to defend”: Quintin Hogg, The Case for Conservatism ... they wished to do so”: Liberal and National Parties, Future Directions: It’s a Time for Plain Thinking (December 1988), 96. ... Essay 19, Relaxed & Comfortable: The Liberal Party’s Australia (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2005), 32–33. “individual exertion ... “The Antidote of Multiculturalism,” Griffith Review , Issue 15, 2007, 197–208, 201. “I have argued elsewhere”: Waleed Aly, ...


  5. What's Right? - Chapter 7

    US AND THEM At the heart of neo-conservatism is a sense of siege. It is inclined to speak in ... we might call, in the prevailing spirit of trench warfare, a Right orthodoxy on history and culture. Australia’s history was “heroic,” its “blemishes” insufficient to ... that “immigrants … behave as conquerors.” The very future of liberal society, and even liberal democracy, is imperilled.  The ... John Howard, meanwhile, asserted the government’s right to monitor mosques and Islamic schools to prevent terrorism, saying that ... a result of that leftist orthodoxy – for the fact that the issue had not been ventilated as he would have liked. Andrews’ Liberal ... which finally met its death in December 2009. The key issue, of course, was not multiculturalism, social cohesion or indeed any other ...


  6. What's Right? - Chapter 8

    ... At first blush, climate change might seem to be the kind of issue that is ideologically neutral. It is, after all, a matter of scientific ... it happens, climate change is the most ideologically charged issue we are likely to witness for generations. Let us admit up-front the ... opponent akin to communism. That is where neo-conservatism becomes so important to climate denialism. It constructs the ... is not alone in his dystopian vision. On his recent tour of Australia, the celebrity sceptic and former Thatcher advisor Lord Christopher ... know what to make of this in assessing the implications for conservatism’s future direction, or indeed whether we should take it seriously enough to ... the Liberal Party presently finds itself.  What's Right? - Chapter 8 ...


  7. What's Left - Chapter 1

    ... of the truth. The dominant characteristic of contemporary Australia is not deprivation but abundance.” I went on to talk about ... facts you have omitted in your portrayal of contemporary Australia as “enormously wealthy” … Your article was the most ... not at the conference, because he was part of the ALP’s Right faction, reacted with characteristic gusto. The “shadow assistant ... justice found itself up against new enemies – fiscal conservatism and tight money. It took a decade before, on one day in 1983, the ... to be dubbed by some the Stone Age. By predisposition he was right-wing, but his Keynesian training still exerted a vestigial influence. He ... just as comfortable outflanking the Coalition from the right as from the left. On that day in 1983, the fate of social democracy ... soon after the fall of Labor in 1996: having tied its future to a social compact with a sympathetic government, the union movement ...


  8. Power Trip - Chapter 16

    WHAT’S RIGHT? Response to Correspondence Waleed Aly I struggle with the concept of progressive conservatism. In the terms employed in my essay, it is a contradiction: ... that is environmentally sustainable, clean and beautiful to future generations. And fourth, a safer society, where people are protected ... have truly moved on from Thatcherism? Jean Curthoys is right to distinguish the thoughts in my essay from the Blond/Cameron brand of ... my essay I quite deliberately do not take a position on the issue and say that it is a debate best left to better economic minds than mine. ... of climate scepticism among conservative parties (aside from Australia) seem to be found in the United States, where the Republicans have ... is: and what if the scientists are right – on a scientific issue? Switzer’s approach is really to bet. He is honest enough not to claim ...


  9. Power Trip - Chapter 12

    WHAT’S RIGHT? Correspondence Andrew Norton Early in his essay on the future of Australian conservatism, Waleed Aly remarks that it wasn’t clear what right-wing critics of Kevin Rudd’s Monthly essay on “neo-liberalism” ... some generally pro-market intellectuals and politicians in Australia are climate-change sceptics, Aly offers no evidence that this is ... would help conservatives deal with the climate-change issue. He may be right that conservatives would have less internal difficulty ... free-market policy change needs to start by seeing it as an issue movement rather than as a single ideology. As with other issue movements, ...


  10. Power Trip - Chapter 11

    WHAT’S RIGHT? Correspondence Tom Switzer Even before Barack Obama’s ... in 2008, there was widespread talk of the exhaustion of conservatism. Indeed, every new day seems to bring another article or book on ... not just in the United States, but in the United Kingdom and Australia too. And yet, the British Conservatives, if Waleed Aly is to be ... much better at the ballot box this year than anyone had the right to expect only six months ago. Aly’s What’s Right? is the ... Australia’s Liberal Party. I disagree with his thesis that conservatism has entered a period of turmoil and that right-of-centre political figures no longer have a compelling vision for the future. Still, Aly deserves praise for understanding the origins of political ... and could “wedge” the conservative parties in the future. But however much this argument had merit in 2007–09, it increasingly ...