General News

Sep 19

The Rise of American Fascism

Posted by: George Grundy

Recent actions by the Trump administration have seen much invocation of Godwin’s law, the adage that any political discussion will eventually devolve into a comparison to Hitler and the Nazis. The idea that America’s president is a fascist was initially met with derision, and although resistance to that idea has perhaps softened as we’ve witnessed Trump in action, the Nazi analogy still mostly fails to stick. It might be time to put that aside. This week, a whistle-blower filed a…

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Sep 09

The Final Reckoning

Posted by: George Grundy

In any other era, the release of a report detailing direct connections between presidential campaign officials and Russian intelligence would be the news event of the decade. The story of a Republican campaign chairman liaising directly with a Russian intelligence officer in order to sway an election would form a central part of any president’s legacy, in the same way that Clinton and Lewinsky or Nixon and Watergate are inextricably linked. In the Trump era, it may prove to be…

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Aug 18

Right Here Right Now

Posted by: George Grundy

The prospects for freedom have not always looked so grim. Democratic change swept across the world from the mid-1970’s to around 2000. From Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa to Latin America, authoritarians and dictators fell and were replaced by nascent democracies, in what political scientist Samuel Huntingdon called ‘the third wave’ of modern global democratisation. What a contrast to the picture today. Since the Arab Spring provided a brief moment of hope, the cause of freedom has been steadily set back…

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Jul 13

Becoming America

Posted by: George Grundy

The adding of Alan Jones to Sky News’ evening roster puts yet another piece into position, as Australia’s political and media recalibration continues at a pace undaunted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Jones, who was finally prised from his seat at 2GB in May, will join Peta Credlin, Chris Kenny and Andrew Bolt in what is fast becoming as stellar a conservative line-up as Sky’s spiritual sibling, Fox News in America. The alignment of these bombastic right-wing voices on Australia’s leading…

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Jul 09

The Health of the President

Posted by: George Grundy

This is developing into a disturbing situation. Donald Trump has said he will accept foreign interference in the 2020 election. He is taking steps to suppress Americans ability to vote and has already started delegitimizing the outcome. Unless Trump loses by a resounding margin, he is likely to dispute the validity of the result and attempt to retain power. This we already know. So there is plenty to ponder for those who fear an existential American crisis this November. However,…

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