Monthly Archives: March 2017

Chalk and Cheese

As a follower of European affairs and particularly the unfolding events in Greece and the United Kingdom, some comments to an article that appeared in another blog that I follow, really caught my attention. Klaus Kastner writes mostly about economic … Continue reading

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Gosh, darn – the Yanks are showing us the way things should be done!

For those of you who don’t follow American affairs very closely, and I am one too (ha, ha, get the joke?), you can be excused for not picking up on a rather interesting trend that is rearing it head in … Continue reading

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Left, Right, Left, Right – all you populists stay in step please!

Demonise the populists and the electorate become confused. And when the electorate become confused, the elites stay in power. In my first post about populism I used a very good article written by Cas Mudde, who is an associate professor … Continue reading

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Populism: it’s really all about restoring our democracy

I don’t know about you, but I think that this whole populism thing is now starting to make some sense to me. If we continue on from the previous post, we now know the origin and background of the term … Continue reading

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Democracy Alert – Radical populists seize the initiative!

On 15th March 2017, Wayne Swan, who is currently the Australian Labor Party member of parliament for the Federal Division of Lilley in Brisbane, gave a speech at an Adelaide university. Swan was a former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia … Continue reading

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Religious freedom and other radical ideas!

How about this for a radical idea – “Peace, Unity, Tolerance and Religious Freedom”. ‘We’ve tried all of this before“, I hear you say, “and it didn’t work then either“. Well, perhaps you didn’t do it the right way. Perhaps, … Continue reading

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Citizens of Europe – what has happened to you?

Tomorrow is the International Day of Happiness and, boy, do we need this one badly! As I reflect on the reporting of European and US current affairs that fill up all of our favourite blogs and news sources every day, … Continue reading

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