No Way to Run a Country

Oct 07

No Way to Run a Country

Posted by: George Grundy

What would you say about the health of a democracy if a rural party got ten representative seats for 4.5% of the vote, while the Greens got more than double as many votes but just one seat? How representative of the national mood would it be if a coalition of parties retained power by a tiny margin, then started implementing a hard-right agenda despite a flat-lining economy and unprecedented environmental threat? What would it mean if a billionaire spent $60…

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Sep 12

Already Gone

Posted by: George Grundy

As the Democratic field narrows and the political commentariat speculate which candidate is best placed to defeat Donald Trump in 2020, America’s national conversation continues to ignore an elephant in the room – the profound threat to democracy posed by this irascible, irrational President. Biden, Sanders and Warren are auditioning for a role they may never be allowed to play. Historically, incumbency offers a first term President significant advantage when it comes to retaining power. Every President since FDR has…

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Jun 30

Concentration Camps in America

Posted by: George Grundy

The internet adage ‘Godwin’s Law’ suggests that the longer an online debate goes, the more likely it is that someone is going to make a reference to Adolf Hitler, and at that point the discussion becomes redundant. Nazi comparisons are often lazy and reductive, but the recent media frenzy about whether internment facilities housing immigrant children on America’s southern border can be labelled ‘concentration camps’ has brushed up against Mike Godwin’s law. It’s becoming chillingly more difficult to avoid some…

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Jun 22

Put Izzy in a Tizzy!

Posted by: George Grundy

I couldn’t sleep last night. All the bigotry, hatred and stupidity in the news gets to me sometimes. For some reason, Israel Folau’s story has really bothered me. It’s not just that old Izzy likes to stand at a pulpit and tell people they’re going to hell, it’s that when called out for it he’s gone straight for the ‘I’m being victimised for my beliefs’ trope. You know, the one people use when they want the right to say something…

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Jun 17

The Will of the People?

Posted by: George Grundy

Something’s not right here. Scott Morrison’s ‘miracle’ win in May was touted as one of the great political comebacks, but several aspects of the election now appear of questionable legitimacy, and it may just be that someone other than the Australian public was instrumental in putting ScoMo back in the big chair. First, it’s worth reflecting on how the mechanics of Australia’s famously opaque electoral system no longer reflect the will of the people. The Liberal Party itself got just…

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