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Show us not the aim without the way – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Show us not the aim without the way – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Democracy, Electoralism, Means and Ends, Politics

‘Show us not the aim without the way. For ends and means on earth are so entangled That changing one, you change the other too; Each different path brings other ends in view.’ FERDINAND LASSALLE: Franz von Sickingen

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Nobody can rule guiltlessly – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on Nobody can rule guiltlessly – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Democracy, Electoralism, Means and Ends, Politics, Progressive Politics

‘Nobody can rule guiltlessly.’ SAINT-JUST

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Marx was a Fan of America – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on Marx was a Fan of America – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens · Communism, Democracy, History, Politics, Progressive Politics, US Politics

If you are looking for an irony of history, you will find it not in the fact that Marx was underpaid by an American newspaper, but in the fact that he and Engels considered Russia the great bastion of reaction and America the great potential nurse of liberty and equality. This is not the sort […]

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Rosa Luxemburg’s Warning – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on Rosa Luxemburg’s Warning – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens · Communism, Democracy, History, Politics, Power, Totalitarianism

Rosa Luxemburg’s warning to Lenin that revolution can move swiftly from the dictatorship of a class to the dictatorship of a party, to be followed by the dictatorship of a committee of that party and eventually by the rule of a single man who will soon enough dispense with that committee.

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Edmund Burke on the French Revolution – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on Edmund Burke on the French Revolution – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens · Democracy, History, Politics

A prescient Edmund Burke on the early days of the French Revolution: “It is known; that armies have hitherto yielded a very precarious and uncertain obedience to any senate, or popular authority; and they will least of all yield it to an assembly which is only to have a continuance of two years. The officers […]

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The History of the Australian Senate – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

June 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on The History of the Australian Senate – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Democracy, History, Politics

Prior to the Chifley Government introducing proportional representation, the system that existed from 1919 gave the winner of the most votes in any State all the Senate seats for that State. Hence, occasionally one side of politics held all the Senate seats. Proportional representation has given smaller parties and independents a chance of winning Senate […]

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Murdoch and the Whitlam Dismissal – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

June 4th, 2012 · Comments Off on Murdoch and the Whitlam Dismissal – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Australian Labor Party, Democracy, Ethics, History, Journalism, Newspapers, The Media

John Menadue, CEO of News Limited’s Australian operations before heading the Prime Minister’s Department, wrote of Rupert Murdoch’s highly partisan actions in supporting the Kerr dismissal. In the gallery there was much discussion about Murdoch’s behaviour and News Limited journalists in Sydney held several stoppages as a protest against Murdoch’s stand. What was not generally […]

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A Fist Fight Between the PMO and the Gallery – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

June 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on A Fist Fight Between the PMO and the Gallery – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Democracy, Ethics, History, Journalism, Newspapers, Politics, Spin, The Media

During the 1951 election campaign, Cockburn (Menzies’ Press Secretary) was standing just to one side on the stage of the Adelaide Town Hall. Menzies was about to make his entrance and Cockburn, a bit edgy, was to give a signal to the ABC sound technician in the hall preparing to broadcast the event. The hall […]

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The Kingo – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

May 30th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Kingo – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Australian Labor Party, Australiana, Democracy

The Kingo was the venue for one of the most important conferences ever held in Canberra: the 22 March 1963 Special Federal Conference of the ALP. There were 36 delegates, six from each State—a form of federalism similarly embodied in the Australian Senate, which has an equal number of senators from each State. The conference […]

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Prayer in Parliament – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers 

May 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Prayer in Parliament – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers  · Atheism, Australiana, Christianity, Democracy, Politics, Religion

Yet many people would believe no prayer is needed, from whatever faith. When the Federal Parliament first met after Federation, no prayer was offered. This led to a storm of protest from various Christian evangelical organisations, the Parliament gave way to the pressure and the prayer became part of proceedings. Gregor McGregor, leader of the […]

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