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The Russian Bear and the Milksop West: When Democracy Eats Its Own Tail
International / Theory

The Russian Bear and the Milksop West: When Democracy Eats Its Own Tail

by Francis McLoughlin The Kremlin has certainly pulled a number on the United States of America. What is it to arouse the ire of a superpower nowadays? After Russia’s foreign minister has gone to work on the U.S. secretary of state, I’d say not terribly much. The poor beast is too busy clutching its neutered … Continue reading

American Free Trade: Atlantic, Pacific and China
International

American Free Trade: Atlantic, Pacific and China

by Brendan Storer The pursuit of free trade deals by the Obama administration with the European Union and the countries of the Pacific Rim, notable omitting China, is evidence of a weakening engagement by the Obama administration towards China. Instead the US continues to show a predilection for strengthen the American position in opposition to … Continue reading

Honest Abe: will Japan’s PM stick to his plan for economic reform?
International / Theory

Honest Abe: will Japan’s PM stick to his plan for economic reform?

by Aiden Depiazzi After a brief and disastrously inept spell as Prime Minister of Japan in 2006-2007, Shinzo Abe was returned to power when his Liberal Democratic Party won a landslide victory at the 2012 general election. Nonetheless, the horizon was bleak. A sweeping majority in the House of Representatives was pitted against a divided … Continue reading

The Zimbabwean Zeitgeist: When ‘Change’ Isn’t a Meaningless Slogan
International / Theory

The Zimbabwean Zeitgeist: When ‘Change’ Isn’t a Meaningless Slogan

by Francis McLoughlin Last month was not a good month for democracy, at least not in all the places our newspaper-men and -women have their eyes on at this point of time. Whether it’s Reuel Marc Gerecht, a man on whose perspicacity I’d put big bucks, writing in the Washington Post that ‘Egypt’s experiment with democracy … Continue reading

Out of line?  Voting in the Senate
2013 Federal Election / Domestic / Federal

Out of line? Voting in the Senate

by Meg Keyes Voting for the Senate in Australian Federal elections can be a little complicated.  Each State elects twelve Senators and each Territory two, through a voting system known as proportional representation.  The ideological underpinning of this method is that the proportion of votes is approximately equal to the proportion of seats won.  There … Continue reading

“None of the above”, the most underrated reform?
2013 Federal Election / Domestic / Federal / Theory

“None of the above”, the most underrated reform?

by Kallen Martin White There is a paradox within the principle of democracy which has not really been addressed properly. As such, in my infinite modesty, I propose to call it White’s Paradox of Democracy. It goes along these lines: “For democracy to exist, there must be means by which the people may reject it … Continue reading