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The culture wars are over. They lost.

November 8th, 2012

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  1. Jim Rose
    November 9th, 2012 at 20:21 | #1

    who won the culture war over immigration in Australia?

  2. Sancho
    November 9th, 2012 at 20:36 | #2

    @John Dawson

    That’s it. That’s exactly the sort of thing you need to keep saying.

    Keep telling Australians that criticising neoconservatism is an attack on capitalism.

    Keep saying that standing for nothing means asking why the Liberal and Republican parties dodge scrutiny and won’t discuss hard policy.

    And please – PLEASE – continue to sneer at the union movement for not accepting serfdom.

  3. Sancho
    November 9th, 2012 at 20:38 | #3

    @Jim Rose

    Immigration or refugee policy?

    There’s been a political consensus on immigration for decades: bring ‘em in as fast as possible, as long as they’ve got qualifications.

  4. November 9th, 2012 at 21:02 | #4

    @Sancho I wasn’t sneering at the unions. Unionists, as distinct from corrupt union officials and Labor politicians who use them as cannon and ballot box fodder, are productive. My point was that they, unlike Leftist academics and hangers on understand that they need capitalists for jobs and a decent life, so there’s a limit to their toleration of nihilistic discontents whose hatred of capitalism would consign them to serfdom.

  5. Sancho
    November 9th, 2012 at 21:12 | #5

    @John Dawson
    Ah yes. The academics.

    You also have my sincere encouragement to take the Republican cue and attack people like Nate Silver, on the grounds that mathematics and data analysis are a dark sorcery intended to mislead the faithful.

  6. November 9th, 2012 at 21:34 | #6

    I rather like the idea of a “Wheel Tax”.

    We ‘winners’ could sell it by calling it a “Great Big New Wheel Tax”. All wheels would be taxed. That way we could all go back to the dark ages, or better still somewhere even more dark and even more aged.

    Under a Great Big New Wheel Tax all injustice in the world would be removed because the capitalist world can only operate with Wheels. Once we collectively organise to tax the Koch brother’s Wheels so heavily that they stop being capitalists we can move on to small business owners and tax the wheels on their delivery bicycles so that they can no longer purvey their life-sucking evil small business model on the humble people who just want a bottle of milk or half a dozen eggs (Wheel free, of course).

    Then, when we have successfully transferred all that Wheel-based wealth down to the shifty Wheel-less people we can start to build a new world. A world without Wheels. A world where rich people have to slave away for long hours and little pay in dangerous conditions just to ensure that we, the 99%, live a life of Wheel-less luxury sneering at them for wanting what we have.

    Hang on, that doesn’t make any sense. I’ll have to start again on my Great Big New Wheel Tax theory…

  7. rog
    November 9th, 2012 at 21:35 | #7

    @Jim Rose You assume that by using ‘war’ there is a start and finish with a winner and a loser. This is wrong, there is no end and is a process of change.

  8. Sancho
    November 9th, 2012 at 21:50 | #8

    @Megan

    The Kochs inherited their wheels and couldn’t build one to save themselves, let alone a road to roll it down.

    What the US election revealed is that most Americans don’t mind if the Kochs have to release a bit of their wheel overstock to help out the people who were left without wheels when Wall Street destroyed the wheel industry by selling hollow rusty wheels advertised as AAA-rated chrome wheels, which promptly fell apart when relied upon for rolling anything.

    Then the people with few wheels were forced to give up some of their wheels to bail out the Wall Street wheel crashers, who used the wheels to award themselves generous bonus wheels and go right back to selling shonky wheels.

    We could go on rephrasing the facts that everyone but the right has wised up to, but this wheel thing is truly the most stupid analogy for anything ever. Next time try ponies.

  9. James Haughton
    November 9th, 2012 at 22:31 | #9

    Since we’ve probably got another 24 hours or so of schadenfreude, as indicated by this thread’s title, before Obama does something disappointing, here’s a little something I feel like sharing with the John Dawsons of this world: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48H34ukFe8g

  10. November 10th, 2012 at 00:55 | #10

    @Sancho

    Hmmm, “Great Big New Pony Tax” has a bit of a ring to it, but it might backfire – some people like ponies, but everyone knows only successful and intelligent hard-working people like Wheels.

    Communists and Socialists and Leftists hate Wheels.

    I’ve even seen them forcing their suffering ponies to drag around drays with wasteful, inefficient, arty post-modernist cubist square-shaped ‘wheels’. Just to make their inefficient ‘command-economy’ point.

  11. Julie Thomas
    November 10th, 2012 at 07:28 | #11

    Is David Brooks conceding defeat, at least in one of the myths that Republicans spread about Obama’s suppporters, in this article?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/09/opinion/brooks-the-party-of-work.html

    He writes

    “But, each year, there are more Americans whose cultural roots lie elsewhere. Each year, there are more people from different cultures, with different attitudes toward authority, different attitudes about individualism, different ideas about what makes people enterprising.

    More important, people in these groups are facing problems not captured by the fundamental Republican equation: more government = less vitality.

    The Pew Research Center does excellent research on Asian-American and Hispanic values. Two findings jump out. First, people in these groups have an awesome commitment to work. By most measures, members of these groups value industriousness more than whites.

    Second, they are also tremendously appreciative of government. In survey after survey, they embrace the idea that some government programs can incite hard work, not undermine it; enhance opportunity, not crush it.”

    Hmmm, good call from Brooks – on this part of the article – the rest of it is the usual self-serving, discredited assumptions about their ‘philosophy’ and how it is the real American way. But the comments set him straight; the comments are very good; much better than the article.

  12. Katz
    November 10th, 2012 at 08:32 | #12

    Yes JT.

    And it is worth noting that Brooks’ assertion about Americans’ attitude to government is based on an historical fallacy.

    In fact, the economy of the US grew at its quickest in the 1940s to the mid 1960s when the highest marginal tax rate was 91% and never fell below 65%!

    Instead of investing in one of the most rapid economic expansions in history, why weren’t these American tax payers salting their wealth in Swiss bank accounts?

  13. Jim Rose
    November 10th, 2012 at 08:43 | #13

    @Katz if the NOMINAL marginal tax rates were much higher back then, was U.S. government spending much bigger too to match the additional revenues?

    JT, has David Brooks just discovered that America is a melting pot?

  14. Katz
    November 10th, 2012 at 08:58 | #14

    JR, are you ignorant of the fact that governments both tax AND spend?

    During the 1950s and 1960s the US Govt ran large fiscal surpluses. This state of affairs changed almost permanently in 1968.

  15. Sancho
    November 10th, 2012 at 09:24 | #15

    @Megan

    Notice how the moment you got the slightest pushback on your claims, you defaulted to shouting about communists instead of trying build a sensible supporting argument?

    The point of this thread is that that won’t work – in the US at least – because after four straight years of Republicans trying to associate social democracy with communism, Americans went to the polls and overwhelmingly voted Democrat.

    Australia is a different story for lots of reasons, but between now and the federal election you’re going to need some very good arguments to explain why Americans want their nation to be more like Australia than vice versa.

    @Julie Thomas

    Never thought we’d see that sort of fact-facing honesty from Brooks, of all people. Hope and change, lawl.

  16. may
    November 10th, 2012 at 11:16 | #16

    Tim Macknay :@may

    S.L.A.P=Strategic Ligitation Against Protesters

    No, it’s S.L.A.P.P – “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation”.

    six of one half a dozen of the other?

    and i know my privilege quotient is not high when i can’t even spell privilege.

    sigh.

    green feudalism?

    wow! that’s up there with the comment of the person who said outright that they are a torturer calling a green MP “stasi”

  17. Brad
    November 10th, 2012 at 17:41 | #17

    Would love to agree, but you’re dreaming, John.

  18. Jim Rose
    November 10th, 2012 at 17:53 | #18

    @Katz wasn’t that to do with paying wartime debt?

    Tom Sargent is a lifelong democract and is old enough to remember when democrats were fiscal conservatives

  19. sdfc
    November 10th, 2012 at 18:28 | #19

    Katz

    The US government basically ran a balanced budget through the 50s and 60s.

    Jim

    The decline in debt outstanding as a % of GDP in the 50s and 60s was the result of rapid NGDP growth.

  20. Katz
    November 10th, 2012 at 18:37 | #20

    @Jim Rose

    What on earth does motivation have to do with the soundness tax and spend policies?

    In any case, the US Federal Debt is almost the same percentage of GDP in 2012 as it was in 1945 (approx 100%).

    You really need to think before your fingers engage the keyboard.

  21. Jim Rose
    November 10th, 2012 at 19:05 | #21

    @Katz wartime debt is a temporary surge, not a structural increase.

    Robert Barro argues that to minimize inefficiency, wars should be financed primarily by government debt and that the debt should be gradually paid off after the war.

  22. Chris Warren
    November 10th, 2012 at 22:15 | #22

    John Dawson :If we who believe in free markets for free minds lost, what exactly did you collectivists win? Cuba? Libia? Greece? The Aboriginal Gulag? Green Tasmania? Postmodern Nihilism?

    Where is there a free market? Is it some tribal market day in the highlands of Papua New Guinea??? or a hippie-fest selling cakes at Nimbin?????

    You cannot have a free market under capitalism because you always end up with a Microsoft at one end and wage slavery at the other.

    Wage slavery is not freedom. Capitalism is the foundation of wage slavery.

  23. November 11th, 2012 at 00:29 | #23

    @Chris Warren You know Chris just because your teachers or peers nod sagaciously at that sort of stupidity doesn’t mean it makes any sense. Calling freedom or wages slavery doesn’t make them slavery. Slaves can’t walk off the job and go looking for better wages next door.

    Under capitalism workers freely trade their time and talents and efforts for money which they then trade for the time and talents and effort and goods of someone else. The reason Bill Gates has a billion times more money to trade than you or I is that he has been a billion times more productive. But if you don’t want to trade with him no one is forcing you to mow his lawns or buy his programs. If you decide you can’t live as you would like without the goods that he has produced, that doesn’t make him your slave master, it makes him your benefactor; and if he paid millions of workers to produce those goods, that doesn’t make them slaves, he had to pay them better wages than they could get elsewhere otherwise they would have worked elsewhere.

    Laissez faire capitalism is the system that bans force from economic transactions, be it imposed by individuals or organizations or governments, which makes it the system of liberty, which makes it the only moral system.

  24. Sancho
    November 11th, 2012 at 01:18 | #24

    @John Dawson

    A Poe!

    I suspected, but on the whole the recent “John Dawson” comments have struck just the right tone to seem sincere.

    Like most Poe trolls, it came unstuck when you tried getting too much good material into one post. You should have spread the Bill Gates and “moral system” stuff out to avoid becoming a caricature.

    A fine job none the less.

  25. rog
    November 11th, 2012 at 06:08 | #25

    Over at right wing RedState the fraud of the Romney campaign is being discussed

    http://www.redstate.com/2012/11/09/campaign-sources-the-romney-campaign-was-a-consultant-con-job/

  26. BilB
    November 11th, 2012 at 09:12 | #26

    “he has been a billion times more productive”

    What total garbage John Dawson. One could only be more productive a billion fold to some one or thing that has only had 3 productive seconds in their life time. Wealth accumulations of Bill Gates calibre are immoral and I think that a good argument could be mounted for the state to confiscate his surplus down to the 5 billion dollar level, and redistributed to in the form of better education for the US public.

    The problem with the Libertarian dream is that it is open ended. If Libertarians wanted to be taken more seriously they could propose a close ended system. ie flat taxation, user pays for everything but once personal wealth reaches, say, 5 million dollars anything above that is passed directly to government. That way you have total freedom up to the level of a very comfortable living, and all endeavours above that are pure sport.

    People could even have the choice at the beginning of their working life to follow a Libertarian tax theme or a Keynsean tax theme. Freedom to choose. Now that would have to appeal to the Libertarian Alpha mind set. There would be real competition on a number of levels.

  27. Fran Barlow
    November 11th, 2012 at 09:28 | #27

    I offer two articles that count as post-mortems on the US Presidential campaign. I found both interesting (without necessarily endorsing every claim made. (This is particularly so of the Salon article but in the case of the Forbes article my browser is plainly unable to complete the script and it keeps randomly displaying different blocks of text, but as far as I can piece it together, it makes some telling points.)

    Romney fails CEO test

    This extract stood out:

    Allahpundit cites a Romney campaign worker’s account of Project Orca, which the campaign described as “a massive undertaking – the Republican Party’s newest, unprecedented and most technologically advanced plan to win the 2012 presidential election.” It involved using smartphones on election day to figure out which precincts weren’t producing enough voters, so help could be rushed to them to turn out the vote. But it was incompetently set up and planned for and was a wreck on election day, and according to that campaign worker:

    “the end result was that 30,000+ of the most active and fired-up volunteers were wandering around confused and frustrated when they could have been doing anything else to help. Like driving people to the polls, phone-banking, walking door-to-door, etc. . . . If this had worked could it have closed the gap? I sure hope not for my sanity’s sake.

    The bitter irony of this entire endeavor was that a supposedly small government candidate gutted the local structure of GOTV efforts in favor of a centralized, faceless organization in a far off place (in this case, their Boston headquarters). Wrap your head around that.

    And this from Salon
    Liberals & the Culture Wars

    The writer claims he is not doing false equivalence, but IMO, that’s exactly what it is. That said, he raises some interesting information.

    I found this amusing:

    You may have seen a video that made the rounds last weekend, including here on Salon, in which a lefty sandbagger type interviewed a bunch of white people at a Romney-Ryan rally in Ohio. They wore discount-store clothing and drove pickup trucks, and roughly 100 percent of them appeared to belong to the class most likely to suffer under a Republican budget-slashing regime. Hardly any could come up with coherent reasons for choosing Romney over Obama beyond a few Fox News talking points about nonexistent higher taxes and weak leadership and some free-floating paranoia. (One lady suggested that a drone had followed her from her front door to the rally; whether Obama was operating it personally remained unclear.)

    Observing the campaign through the web, this account seems entirely in keeping with what the Republicans were about. Those who weren’t doing this madness themselves were smiling and indulging it every day. Romney’s embarrassing effort on climate change and “invisible Obama” — while perhaps the best known examples of “enabling” — were as far as I can tell typical. I recall some woman interviewed holding a sign about Obama being a commun|st at some event who, when asked by the reporter about this could offer nothing more than “read up on it” as her fellow unhinged smiled in approval.

    It does seem with hindsight that at least the heavy battalions of the GOP could do their malign work only with the “marching powder” of self-delusion (what rightwingers call “drinking the Kool Aid”) but that this sustained effort in cognitive dissonance and self-delusion crippled their ability to respond to or even see the world around them even for its pertinence to their own ends. Indeed, it’s not even clear beyond the desire to evict Obama from 4600 Pennsylvania Avenue that the footsoldiers (nearly 100% of whom would be part of the 47%) knew what those ends were. Beyond the vacuous and populist “taking back America” nonsense, which really was a classic blank slate onto which anything from legitimate r@pe to rule by old white men with guns and Ford Utilities could be inscribed and purely for the faithful, nobody on their sound could say what it was all about.

  28. Katz
    November 11th, 2012 at 09:31 | #28

    @rog

    Nice one.

    The Romney campaign was run by bullies, egomaniacs, and conmen. In others words, a perfect replica of Romney’s Bain Corporation asset strippers. Except, this time, Romney was the mark and his assets got stripped. Oh, the delicious irony!

    The result of all of these false numbers and inaccurate ground reports is simple: Mitt Romney was ill-prepared for the actual numbers on election day and his false sense of confidence directly translated into how the campaign operated in the closing weeks. In the words of one source, it was a con job. As David Mamet famously said, “If you’re in the con game and you don’t know who the mark is … you’re the mark.” Mitt Romney had no idea what was coming.

    What Romney and the Republicans didn’t have we’re competent technicians with science-based competencies. Surely, there are some competent Republican scientists … oh, wait.

    Oh well, looks like Romney was a victim of Darwinian processes.

    I understand that most Republicans don’t believe Darwin. But the alternative explanation is that the Romney Fail was a product of Intelligent Design. And that would be for them a pill much too bitter to swallow.

  29. BilB
    November 11th, 2012 at 09:31 | #29

    The Libertarian Ideal at work:

    From the RedState article on the Romney Campaign……

    “They say that the truth is the consultants essentially used the Romney campaign as a money making scheme, forcing employees to spin false data as truth in order to paint a rosy picture of a successful campaign as a form of job security.
    Zac Moffatt, Digital Director for the Romney campaign, was specifically named as having “built a nest egg for himself and co-founder of Targeted Victory, Mike Beach,” and that they “didn’t get social” media and ignored objections from other consultants and staffers in the campaign.
    People close to the campaign responded. “Anyone can have numbers, Neil Newhouse had numbers. Look where that got us. Zac just went off the rails a lot and made the Romney campaign a marketing vehicle for himself.” Adding, “at least the other consultants kept their mouths shut.”
    Sources also said that arrogance played a big role, saying that the Romney campaign was a hostile battlefield of egos in which these consultants viewed any opposition to their world view as coming from an enemy. This apparently led to the ORCA program “receiving no stress test, no usage during super saturdays and no ability to have a Plan B or C when everything hit the fan.””

    And wake up time from commenter ‘rustyldgarand’

    “We need to hold not only the Romney campaign accountable, but also the conservative press (specifically the Murdoch press – Fox was the worst of the bunch), and the establishment talking heads like Karl Rove and Peggy Noonan. We need to get clear about something: these people are selling us a product. They have been taking our money and telling us bedtime stories. We complain about the MSM, but can we honestly say that the conservative press has been more honest?”

    Aint it Grand.

  30. Jim Rose
    November 11th, 2012 at 09:59 | #30

    Katz, having a quick look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_war you were vey right that the culture war was over in 1974 or thereabouts. the agenda is getting shorter.

    most of all, the revolutionary economic empowerment of women is the 20th century in almost all countries is a done deal.

    Most of the war is about what James Buchanan called meddlesome preferences: “the elitist, who somehow thinks that his or her own preferences are ‘superior to,’ ‘better than, ‘ or ‘more correct’ than those of other, tries to control the behaviour of everyone else, while holding fast to his or her own liberty to do as he or she pleases.”

    It is quite possible that in many jurisdictions, a majority of voters sooner or later might be found to pass each and every meddlesome preference into law. everyone will end up losing their liberty.

  31. Sancho
    November 11th, 2012 at 10:05 | #31

    @Jim Rose

    The slippery slope! Everybody drink!

    Care to tell us which meddlesome preferences the army of gay Latino atheist welfare slaves is going to inflict on the land of liberty?

  32. Jim Rose
    November 11th, 2012 at 10:21 | #32

    Sancho, the point is the meddlesome preference of each and every group finds its way into law.

    Buchanan said everyone in the community is worse off with enactment and enforcement of most or all meddlesome preferences than he or she would be if none were enacted.

    the culture war is about meddlesome preferences. power rotates so each side takes turns in enacting their own meddlesome preference then loses power and the other side enacts their meddlesome preferences.

    Buchanan talked of a pandora’s box that has opened with no signs of closing. Through the rotation of power from left to right, “each of our liberties, whether valued highly or slightly, is up for grabs”.

    see http://offsettingbehaviour.blogspot.co.nz/2009/09/buchanan-on-meddlesome-preferences.html

  33. BilB
    November 11th, 2012 at 11:28 | #33

    JimR,

    The cause of meddlesome preferences is the proximity of other people. The higher the population density the greater the preference intensity effect. You should be seeing the future shape up in your mind right here. Higher population intensity, the greater the degree of prefernce conflict.

    There is only one cure. Move out of town. As did the Barclay Brothers.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Brecqhou_-_Barclay_Brothers_Castle.jpg

  34. Sancho
    November 11th, 2012 at 11:43 | #34

    @Jim Rose

    Thanks for the link. The way Buchanan counts leaf burning and gun control as equally serious issues indicates that he is truly an insightful and relevant thinker.

  35. Katz
    November 11th, 2012 at 12:05 | #35

    Let’s remind ourselves about the big cultural changes in the few years to 1974. They were much bigger than leaf burning and were hated by the Right:

    End of Jim Crow

    Equal voting rights

    Australian and US governments found to be lying about Vietnam

    Youthquake

    Equal rights for women

    Impeachment and resignation of Nixon

    The lid blown off FBI and CIA illegal activities

    All of these campaigns have altered in major ways the way of life and the operations of social and political institutions.

    Ever since 1980 the Right has attempted to roll back these achievements, with minor and sporadic success.

  36. rog
    November 11th, 2012 at 12:08 | #36

    @Katz If the following can be believed it was the Super Pacs that provided the incentive and the hard ball free market that provided the means.

    What conservatives/libertarians fail to acknowledge is that it is the equality of the vote that is paramount not the $value of the vote.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/breakingviews/2012/11/09/conservative_super_pacs_spent_billions_trying_to_elect_mitt_romney_but_no.html

  37. rog
    November 11th, 2012 at 12:09 | #37

    If the following can be believed it was the Super Pacs that provided the incentive and the hard ball free market that provided the means.

    What conservatives/libertarians fail to acknowledge is that it is the equality of the vote that is paramount not the $value of the vote.

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/breakingviews/2012/11/09/conservative_super_pacs_spent_billions_trying_to_elect_mitt_romney_but_no.html

  38. Sancho
    November 11th, 2012 at 12:17 | #38

    @rog

    Something that’s evident in that Redtstate piece you posted above is that the free market ensured that conservative media and polling businesses provided their audience with a constant stream of false information about Romney’s popularity, because that’s what they wanted to hear.

    Nate Silver was just one of many commentators and observers who got written off as biased Obama boosters simply because they suggested Romney may not be overwhelmingly popular.

    Not that the market for centrist or left-leaning media was regulated in any way, just that, as the quote which went round said, “when you give conservatives bad news in your polls, they want to kill you. When you give liberals bad news in your polls, they want to kill themselves.”

    It’s much easier to sell factual information to an audience that won’t regard you as a traitor for not lying.

  39. rog
    November 11th, 2012 at 12:41 | #39

    @Sancho And what Nate Silver proved was that the free market lacks objectivity.

  40. John Quiggin
    November 11th, 2012 at 12:52 | #40

    @Katz

    Unfortunately, the reversal of the Church committee reforms on secret state activities has been a bipartisan affair. But, on the other points, I think it’s exactly right to see the culture wars as an attempt to roll back the gains from the mid-50s to the mid-70s, intermittently successful, but now defeated (conclusively, I hope) on most fronts

  41. Katz
    November 11th, 2012 at 13:05 | #41

    JQ, you’re correct about the lack of change arising out of the Church Committee.

    However, the world discovered what the security state was capable of and what is known cannot be unknown. This has limited the scope of action of the security state. The Hope Royal Commission ended the status of ASIO as a weapon of the political Right in Australia.

  42. rog
    November 11th, 2012 at 14:53 | #42

    Looking at opensecrets.org which is the website for the Center for Responsive Politics it appears that 1) the candidate with the most cash wins 2) Repubs relied heavily on corporate and secretive sources 3) Dems relied on grassroots donations 4) Dems raised the most cash 5) Dems won

    http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2012/11/post-election.html

  43. rog
    November 11th, 2012 at 15:01 | #43

    US Chamber of Commerce spent big and lost big on Repubs,

    ““It is ugly,”
    ….
    “We learned you cannot address the fiscal and cultural differences in our society by throwing money at political dogmas that may have outlived their usefulness,”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/for-chamber-of-commerce-election-was-a-money-loser/2012/11/07/ce32327c-2920-11e2-96b6-8e6a7524553f_story.html

  44. Katz
    November 11th, 2012 at 16:15 | #44

    Thanks again Rog.

    The Keyboard Kommandos of various RWDB noise machines must be feeling unloved in the aftermath of this debacle.

    I guess it’s back to caching baked beans and hugging Rugers for them. Their mums’ sleep-outs must be very desolate places right now.

  45. Jim Rose
    November 11th, 2012 at 17:21 | #45

    @rog your link also says that “Although they heavily favored conservative candidates, many of whom lost…” 94% of karl Rove PAC-backed candidates lost, I think?

    The republican primaries showed that the TV debates mattered more than ever. people with next to no money could survive and almost win if they did well in even one debate.

    the greens in australia would get almost as many votes even if they spent nothing on Ads because their brand is so powerful.

  46. Sancho
    November 11th, 2012 at 17:28 | #46

    @Jim Rose

    Not quite.

    What mattered was the hype around the debates. The public came away with an impression of which candidate “won” a debate, but no idea of what the content was. More horse race political reporting.

    There’s not much to be gained by speculating about what the US election outcome will mean for Australia, because the systems and cultures are so different.

    The most impact it will have is that Liberal Party politicians parroting the Republicans will need to explain why their ideas are so great if even Americans rejected them.

  47. rog
    November 11th, 2012 at 17:54 | #47

    @Katz This election has been an eye opener for me, no wonder the right wing are going crazy/becoming crazier.

  48. rog
    November 11th, 2012 at 17:57 | #48

    @Sancho Libs should take note, the absolute denialist position that they have borrowed from the Repubs has proved to be unpopular.

  49. rog
    November 11th, 2012 at 18:05 | #49
  50. Sancho
    November 11th, 2012 at 18:15 | #50

    @rog

    Regrettably, that might not have the same impact in Australia.

    American elections are decided by the people who can be convinced to care enough that they’ll go out and vote, in a country where the occupant of the White House significantly affects the living standards of the populace.

    Australia is much more sclerotic but also much more stable, so we’re not likely to see the same overwhelming rejection of neoconservatism, but it will certainly make low-information voters wonder why they should vote for ideas that Americans just overwhelmingly rejected.

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