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A Perfect Democracy – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Perfect Democracy – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Democracy, Politics

But Louisiana was still a democracy (Long) insisted. “A perfect democracy can come close to looking like a dictatorship, a democracy in which the people are so satisfied they have no complaint.”

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Strategy and Results – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on Strategy and Results – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Quotes

It was hubris. It was Churchill’s axiom perfectly demonstrated: ‘However beautiful the strategy one should occasionally look at the results.’

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The Basics – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

January 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Basics – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould · Campaigning, Democracy, Electoralism, Ideology, Political Communication, Politics, Progressive Politics, UK Labour, United Kingdom

And also important, still, was what (Stanley) Greenberg called ‘the basics’: ‘One of the pre-occupations of Old Labour was a preoccupation with what the public often saw as “bizarre” issues: homosexuals, immigrants, feminists, lesbians, boroughs putting their money into peculiar things. Voters think that a serious party that represents the ordinary person focuses on things […]

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