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Expediency, by Necessity, Out of Politics – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on Expediency, by Necessity, Out of Politics – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Hypocrisy, Political Communication, Politics, Quotes

Bjelke-Petersen hired an outside public relations expert to help him get rid of the arch-wowser image and in December 1968 a picture of him patting a horse at Brisbane’s Doomben Racecourse appeared in the Sunday Mail. The racehorse, Kionda, unfortunately lost the first race on a protest. (This moved his future public relations man, Allen […]

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Jefferson’s Slaves – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Jefferson’s Slaves – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Hypocrisy, Politics, US Politics

We rode through a meadow filled with brick kilns. Slaves were everywhere, hard at work. I was surprised to see how “bright” they were. I do not know if that word is still in use in the south, but in those days a slave with a large degree of white blood was known as “bright.” […]

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Not Satisfied With the Sound of His Own Voice – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on Not Satisfied With the Sound of His Own Voice – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Hypocrisy, Ideology, Leadership, Politics, Power, Quotes

The conservatives still did not realise that this governor was not going to be satisfied by the sound of his own voice.

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Such an accumulation of grave surgical interventions – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on Such an accumulation of grave surgical interventions – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens · Communism, Extremism, Hypocrisy, Ideology, Leadership, Politics

Koestler’s decision to abandon Communism almost as soon as he had been freed from Spain—because of the hysterical faking of the Moscow purge trials in 1938—was expressed in such brilliantly diagnostic and dialectical terms that it bears quoting: It is a logical contradiction when with uncanny regularity the leadership sees itself obliged to undertake more […]

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Fading from Red to Pink – “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell

October 26th, 2011 · Comments Off on Fading from Red to Pink – “Fifty Orwell Essays” – George Orwell · Communism, Economics, Hypocrisy, Politics, Progressive Politics, UK Labour

In 1930 the English Communist Party was a tiny, barely legal organization whose main activity was libelling the Labour Party. But by 1935 the face of Europe had changed, and left-wing politics changed with it. Hitler had risen to power and begun to rearm, the Russian five-year plans had succeeded, Russia had reappeared as a […]

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Real Sell Outs – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James

September 29th, 2011 · Comments Off on Real Sell Outs – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James · Art, Culture, History, Hypocrisy, Philosophy, WW2

Sartre, whose underground activities had never amounted to anything except a secret meeting on Wednesday to decide whether there should be another meeting the following Tuesday, not only claimed the status of Resistance veteran but called down vengeance on people whose behaviour had not really been all that much more reprehensible than his own. The […]

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Dealing with the Aftermath of Genocide – “Dancing in the Glory of Monsters”, Jason Stearns

August 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on Dealing with the Aftermath of Genocide – “Dancing in the Glory of Monsters”, Jason Stearns · Africa, Congo, Genocide, History, Hypocrisy, Means and Ends, Rwanda, War

Sixteen years after the Rwandan genocide, it remains difficult to write about Rwandan history. For many, the moral shock of the Rwandan genocide was so overpowering that it eclipsed all subsequent events in the region. Massacres that came after were always measured up against the immensity of the genocide: If 80,000 refugees died in the […]

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Journalism… and Bob Ellis – “Thoughtlines” – Bob Carr

June 21st, 2011 · Comments Off on Journalism… and Bob Ellis – “Thoughtlines” – Bob Carr · Ethics, Hypocrisy, Journalism, Newspapers, Spin, The Media

The thing about journalism is the remorseless quest for accuracy. IT’s the thing I like most. The view that motivates you all is that nothing is true unless you’ve got three eye-witnesses. Don’t print it if there’s any doubt. Checking, checking, checking, all the time. It’s fantastic. It’s that approach that’s made Bob Ellis what […]

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The Labor Party’s Betrayal – “Power Without Glory” – Frank Hardy

June 1st, 2011 · Comments Off on The Labor Party’s Betrayal – “Power Without Glory” – Frank Hardy · Australian Labor Party, Democracy, Electoralism, Hypocrisy, Ideology, Means and Ends, Political Fiction, Politics, Progressive Politics

But Frank Ashton knew that this betrayal was not attributable to Catholic opposition to socialisation alone. The betrayal arose, he found himself admitting, from the weakness, corruption and lack of united policy of the Labor Party. These men were not Scoialists: they were merely politicians, many of them basking in the sunshine of Government office […]

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Hypocrisy and Discretion – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt

April 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on Hypocrisy and Discretion – “Eichmann in Jerusalem” – Hannah Arendt · Genocide, History, Hypocrisy, WW2

Whatever the reasons, there certainly was something breathtaking in the naivete with which the prosecution denounced the infamous Nuremberg Laws of 1935, which had prohibited intermarriage and sexual intercourse between Jews and Germans. The better informed among the correspondents were well aware of the irony, but they did not mention it in their reports. This, […]

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