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The Deep Seated Paranoia and Insecurity of Political Parties – “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns”, Sasha Issenberg

December 1st, 2012 · Comments Off on The Deep Seated Paranoia and Insecurity of Political Parties – “The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns”, Sasha Issenberg · Campaigning, Politics, Progressive Politics

The best way to get anyone to do anything on the Democratic side—and I’m sure it’s the reverse on the Republican side—is to tell people that the Republicans are doing it. It doesn’t matter: the Republicans could be doing something completely stupid, but if you tell the Democrats they get scared and think they should […]

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Field’s Life as a Rat – A Post Script – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on Field’s Life as a Rat – A Post Script – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Australian Labor Party, Campaigning, Democracy, Politics, Progressive Politics, Queensland

Once the coup had taken place and the election was on, Field – a senator for just ninety-nine days – was quickly forgotten. Legal aid to help him fight five High Court writs stopped, promises of state government monetary aid did not materialise, and his previous ‘patrons’, the Queensland Liberal-National parties, put him at number […]

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A Bad Campaign Speech – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 18th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Bad Campaign Speech – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Australian Labor Party, Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics, Progressive Politics

Joh set such a campaign pace in 1974 that he made it difficult for his ALP opponent Tucker to keep up. Tucker’s chartered plane got lost in a storm while flying to Quilpie in the West. The plane was half an hour overdue when Tucker himself used a road map to help the pilot establish […]

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You Cannot Do Without Politicians – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on You Cannot Do Without Politicians – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Means and Ends, Politics, Progressive Politics, Quotes

Long: “You will find that you cannot do without politicians. They are a necessary evil in this day and time. You may not like getting money from one source and spending it for another. But the thing for the school people to do is that if the politicians are going to steal, make them steal […]

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To sell oneself to one’s own conscience is to abandon mankind – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on To sell oneself to one’s own conscience is to abandon mankind – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Electoralism, Politics, Progressive Politics

‘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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Must one also pay for deeds which were right and necessary? – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 21st, 2012 · Comments Off on Must one also pay for deeds which were right and necessary? – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Electoralism, Politics, Progressive Politics

‘Yet I would do it again,’ he said to himself. ‘It was necessary and right. But do I perhaps owe you the fare all the same? Must one also pay for deeds which were right and necessary?’

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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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The Lowest Imputed Motives is not Always the Correct One – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Lowest Imputed Motives is not Always the Correct One – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens · Extremism, Progressive Politics

It is a frequent vice of radical polemic to assert, and even to believe, that once you have found the lowest motive for an antagonist, you have identified the correct one.

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Tell ‘em anything. But for Sweet Jesus’ sake don’t try to improve their minds – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren 

June 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Tell ‘em anything. But for Sweet Jesus’ sake don’t try to improve their minds – “All the King’s Men” – Robert Penn Warren  · Campaigning, Political Communication, Politics, Progressive Politics

“What we need is a balanced tax program. Right now the ratio between income tax and total income for the state gives an index that-“ “Yeah,” I said, “I heard the speech. But they don’t give a damn about that. Hell, make ‘em cry, make ‘em laugh, make ‘em think you’re their weak erring pal, […]

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