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Joh’s First Leadership Challenge – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 7th, 2012 · No Comments · Conservative Politics, Leadership, Means and Ends, Politics, Queensland

There weren’t many smiles back in October 1970 when members of Bjelke-Petersen’s own County Party cabinet moved against him. He had been premier just two years, was pushing sixty, and had failed to make the grade as a popular premier. The party had lost two by-elections – Isis and Albert – and members were understandably […]

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

October 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Conservative Politics, Leadership, Politics, Queensland

The implications of (Joh’s) reign were clear as far back as Thursday, 25 May 1972, when, with McMahon leading Australia as Prime Minister, the Country party in Queensland took local full-page advertisements for the coming state election featuring pictures of Bjelke-Petersen with the headline: “While Australia searches for a leader Queensland has found Joh Bjelke-Petersen […]

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Mistakes Unmade, the Future Bright – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Leadership, Politics, Quotes

Jefferson was in an excellent mood. But what new president is not? His mistakes unmade, the future bright.

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Rivalry – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 23rd, 2012 · No Comments · Leadership, Politics, Quotes

It was our peculiar tragedy—or glory—to be of an age and quality at a time and place certain to make rivals of us. Yet from the beginning we had a personal liking for one another. Curious to think that we would almost certainly have been friends had we not been two young “heroes” at the […]

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To Great a Man to Notice Weather – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 22nd, 2012 · No Comments · Leadership, Quotes

Like Napoleon Bonaparte, Benedict Arnold was too great a man to notice weather.

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

September 20th, 2012 · No Comments · 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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Ataturk’s Message to Australia – “Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds”, Stephen Kinzer

August 31st, 2012 · No Comments · Anzac, History, Humanism, Philosophy, War, WW1

In 1934 Atatürk learned that a ship carrying relatives of fallen Allied soldiers had docked near Gallipoli and that its passengers were mounting at the site. He sent them a moving message that is now chiseled, in English translation, into a memorial stone there. “Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives,” he […]

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He could only be removed by violence – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 25th, 2012 · No Comments · Leadership, Politics

‘My father considered that one day the cup would overflow and the Party would depose him or force him to resign; and that the opposition must propagate this idea.’ ‘And Rubashov?’ ‘Rubashov laughed at my father, and repeated that he was a fool and a Don Quixote. Then he declared that No. 1 was no […]

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

July 10th, 2012 · No Comments · 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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Churchill’s Judgement of Hitler – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Genocide, History, Leadership, Politics, WW2

It’s important to remember that many people, before the war, could look at Hitler and see a man with whom business could be done. Winston Churchill, in a 1935 essay from his book Great Contemporaries, had this to say: “It is not possible to form a just judgment of a public figure who has attained […]

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