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

October 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on Callaghan’s Lines – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Political Communication, Politics, Queensland, Quotes, Socialism

Callaghan also became the creative source of sharp, catchy phrases for the premier to use against his political opponents. It’s a long list but includes some very effective ones: “death-adder unions – they strike first”; “when you go to the unemployment office tell ‘em Gough sent you”; “help Tom Burns fight air pollution – give […]

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Rosa Luxemburg’s Warning – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens

July 7th, 2012 · Comments Off on Rosa Luxemburg’s Warning – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens · Communism, Democracy, History, Politics, Power, Totalitarianism

Rosa Luxemburg’s warning to Lenin that revolution can move swiftly from the dictatorship of a class to the dictatorship of a party, to be followed by the dictatorship of a committee of that party and eventually by the rule of a single man who will soon enough dispense with that committee.

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When Property Accumulates in Too Few Hands – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck 

June 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on When Property Accumulates in Too Few Hands – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck  · Communism, Politics, Progressive Politics, Socialism

when property accumulates in too few hands it is taken away. And that companion fact: when a majority of the people are hungry and cold they will take by force what they need. And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.

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I’ll Be There – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck 

June 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on I’ll Be There – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck  · Communism, Ideology, Politics, Progressive Politics, Socialism

Then I’ll be all around in the dark – I’ll be ever’where—wherever you look. Wherever they’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever they’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there… I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad an’—I’ll be in the way kids laugh when […]

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Smith on ‘Theorisers’ – “On the Wealth of Nations”, P.J. O’Rourke

May 16th, 2012 · Comments Off on Smith on ‘Theorisers’ – “On the Wealth of Nations”, P.J. O’Rourke · Communism, Extremism, Ideology, Policy, Politics

The danger of theoretical systems was something that Smith addressed with his own theory in part 6 of The Theory of Moral Sentiments. This section of the book was actually written after The Wealth of Nations. Moral Sentiments had been published in 1759 when Smith was teaching at Glasgow. But Smith revised it in 1789. […]

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Upton Sinclair – “Mudslingers: The Twenty-Five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time” – Kerwin Swint

April 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Upton Sinclair – “Mudslingers: The Twenty-Five Dirtiest Political Campaigns of All Time” – Kerwin Swint · Campaigning, Political Communication, Political Fiction, Politics, US Politics

In 1934 (Upton Sinclair) abandoned the Socialist Party and then entered the Democratic Party Primary for governor. He reasoned that a Socialist could not get elected; he had to win an election before he could enact a single policy. He based his campaign on a utopian novel he had just written, called, I, Governor of […]

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The Rent Act – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta

March 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on The Rent Act – “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta · Economics, Ideology, Policy, Progressive Politics

When World War II ended, another catastrophe struck Bombay in the form of the Bombay Rents, Hotel Rates, and lodging House Rates Control Act of 1947 – popularly known as the Rent Act. Bombay is still recovering from the legislative blast. Enacted in 1948, the act froze the rents on all buildings leased at the […]

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After 50 years of Socialism… “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta

March 25th, 2012 · Comments Off on After 50 years of Socialism… “Maximum City” – Suketu Mehta · Ideology, India, Progressive Politics, Socialism

In the post-Marxist age, we can no longer believe that redistribution solves anything, that making the rich poorer will make the poor richer. It is the death not just of ideology but of ideas. Nothing in the national debate has nay strong conviction. On the right, a vague belief in foreign investment; on the left, […]

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Obsessive Secrecy – “Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943” – Antony Beevor

February 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on Obsessive Secrecy – “Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943” – Antony Beevor · Communism, Extremism, War, WW2

The obsession with secrecy meant that men not directly involved in Operation Uranus had not been told about it until up to five days after the start. At first sight, the most surprising aspect of this time of triumph is the number of deserters from the Red Army who continued to cross the lines to […]

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Nationalisation of the 25 Largest Companies – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould

December 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on Nationalisation of the 25 Largest Companies – “The Unfinished Revolution: How New Labour Changed British Politics Forever” – Philip Gould · Campaigning, Extremism, Ideology, Politics, Progressive Politics, UK Labour, United Kingdom

The party I loved instinctively was to betray the people who lived here, its natural supporters: ordinary people with suburban dreams who worked hard to improve their homes and their lives; to get gradually better cars, washing machines and televisions; to go on holiday in Spain rather than Bournemouth. These people wanted sensible, moderate policies […]

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