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‘Baked In’ Voter Perceptions – “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns”, Sasha Issenberg

December 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on ‘Baked In’ Voter Perceptions – “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns”, Sasha Issenberg · Economics, Electoralism, Policy, Political Communication, Politics, Power

When a pollster asked if someone would be more or less likely to vote for a candidate in favor of shipping jobs overseas—a typical way of auditioning what was then a promising line of attack against Bush—they would often hear from voters across the board that it made them “less likely.” But when the AFL […]

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Corrupted Power Structures – “Gang leader for a day: a rogue sociologist takes to the streets”, Sudhir Venkatesh

November 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on Corrupted Power Structures – “Gang leader for a day: a rogue sociologist takes to the streets”, Sudhir Venkatesh · Politics, Power, Social Psychology, Sociology

That a tenant leader—one who was respected by politicians, shop owners, the police, and others—would praise a crack gang and work so closely with its leader made me realize just how desperate people could become in the projects. But I was learning that Ms. Bailey’s compromising position also arose out of her own personal ambitions: […]

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The Bjelkemander – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Bjelkemander – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Australian Labor Party, Campaigning, Democracy, Means and Ends, Politics, Power

How bad then was the Bjelkemander in comparative terms? One means of measuring this is by the Dauer-Kelsay Index which calculates the absolute smallest percentage of electors which, in theory, could elect the government. The 1972 Queensland redistribution measured 44.9% on the Dauer-Kelsay Index, compared with a theoretically perfect redistribution of slightly over 50%. (This […]

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The Man Who Does Not Know Where He’s Going Goes Farthest – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Man Who Does Not Know Where He’s Going Goes Farthest – “Burr” – Gore Vidal · Leadership, Politics, Power, Quotes

That was General Washington’s office in seventeen seventy-six. He lived in this house for three months, during which he managed to lose New York City to the British. But despite his incompetence, the gods always supported him in the end. I suspect Cromwell was right: the man who does not know where he’s going goes […]

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Everything I did, I’ve Had to do With One Hand, Because I’ve Had to Fight With the Other – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 13th, 2012 · Comments Off on Everything I did, I’ve Had to do With One Hand, Because I’ve Had to Fight With the Other – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Electoralism, Means and Ends, Politics, Power

Long: “They say they don’t like my methods. Well, I don’t like them either. I really don’t like to have to do things the way I do. I’d much rather get up before the legislature and say, ‘Now this is a good law and it’s for the benefit of the people, and I’d like you […]

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A Modern Politician Should Not Quarrel Except Deliberately – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Modern Politician Should Not Quarrel Except Deliberately – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Politics, Power

Politicians in a stable democratic society do not have to employ such methods, and the capacity to hate is not for them a necessary attribute. Indeed, if they possess it in too great a degree they may be handicapped; they will be led into needless quarrels. The democratic politician, as an astute Englishman pointed out […]

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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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Feudal Politics – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on Feudal Politics – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Australian Labor Party, Politics, Power

Louisiana politicians were and are much like feudal barons. They operate as rulers of geographical principalities or personal followings, independently, calculatingly, and sometimes irresponsibly or petulantly. Two barons may seem to be friends and allies, and then suddenly, because one or the other senses an advantage to be gained or is seized by a whim, […]

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To Sell Oneself for Thirty Pieces of Silver is an Honest Transaction; But to Sell Oneself to One’s Own Conscience is to Abandon Mankind – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 24th, 2012 · Comments Off on To Sell Oneself for Thirty Pieces of Silver is an Honest Transaction; But to Sell Oneself to One’s Own Conscience is to Abandon Mankind – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Extremism, Ideology, Politics, Power, Quotes

‘The greatest criminals in history,’ Ivanov went on, ‘are not of the type Nero and Fouché, but of the type Gandhi and Tolstoy. Gandhi’s inner voice has done more to prevent the liberation of India than the British guns. To sell oneself for thirty pieces of silver is an honest transaction; but to sell oneself […]

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He is made out of a certain material which becomes the tougher the more you hammer on it – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 22nd, 2012 · Comments Off on He is made out of a certain material which becomes the tougher the more you hammer on it – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Power, Quotes

‘When Rubashov capitulates,’ said Ivanov, ‘it won’t be out of cowardice, but by logic. It is no use trying the hard method with him. He is made out of a certain material which becomes the tougher the more you hammer on it.’

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