Politics

Henry Kissinger: On China

Bruce Grant
Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Kissinger on the Asian powerhouse

Bruce Grant

 

On China
by Henry Kissinger
Allen Lane, $49.95 hb, 586 pp, 9781846143465

 

Henry Kissinger has never seemed at home in the United States, although he has served in its highest councils and received its ri ...

Labor’s long history and uncertain future

Stuart Macintyre

 

Heroes & Villains: The Rise and Fall of the Early Australian Labor Party
by Nick Dyrenfurth
Australian Scholarly Publishing, $44 pb, 281 pp, 9781921875007

 

A Little Histo ...

Bill Clinton discouraged politicians from picking fights with people who bought their ink by the barrel. Mindful of that advice, Lindsay Tanner has waited until the end of a career dedicated to the ‘serious craft of politics’ to remonstrate with the fourth estate about its fundamental unseriousness in reporting the democratic process ...

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As people around the world watch events in the United States, many will agree that it is indeed an exceptional, if conflicted, nation. The sole superpower, with the world’s largest economy and the most powerful military ever known, is hugely in debt, and struggles agonisingly just to produce a federal budget ...

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A few months after the 2010 federal election, Geoff Gallop delivered the annual Hawke Lecture at the University of South Australia. In an address focused upon political engagement, he canvassed some possible reforms to the Australian political system. Among a number of other proposals ...

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Anthropology’s significant contribution to both academic and applied research focused on Indigenous Australia has intensified over the last four decades. Among Aboriginal people and anthropologists themselves, debates have occurred as to the discipline’s earlier alignments with colonialism ...

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Warren Bonett (ed.): The Australian Book of Atheism

Timothy Roberts
Tuesday, 19 April 2011

On the attack

Timothy Roberts

 

The Australian Book of Atheism
edited by Warren Bonett
Scribe, $35 pb, 442 pp, 9781921640766

 

Once mainly associated with shrill killjoys and desiccated reductionists, atheism has recently received a j ...

Anthony Moran reviews 'Disconnected' by Andrew Leigh

Anthony Moran
Thursday, 14 April 2011

Since the mid 1990s, when Robert Putnam lionised the concept in his famous essay ‘Bowling Alone’, writing on ‘social capital’ has proliferated. It caught the eye of politicians, including then United States President Bill Clinton, and for a while it seemed that everyone was lamenting its decline ...

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At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do – it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds ...

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Empires are out of fashion. The idea of one people ruling over another has had its day. The mention of any empire – with the possible exception of the Roman one, for which people still have a certain fondness – will almost invariably meet with deprecating comments, even derision ...

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