Libertarians for sexual assault?

Why are libertarians so conservative? Libertarian intellectuals usually deny this insisting that they are beyond left and right, but libertarianism as a mass movement sits squarely on the right of the political spectrum as demonstrated by Ron Paul. One noteworthy example has been in debates about legislation proposed in Virginia to require women to undergo […]

From Freidrich Hayek to Ron Paul & Rick Santorum

How are we understand divisions in American conservatism? Of the top three candidates in the Iowa caucuses two, Ron Paul & Rick Santorum, have expressed dissent with aspects of contemporary American conservatism. The key to understanding conservative politics is that conservatism is a disposition, conservatives know what they are against rather than what they are […]

Republicans resurgent

Noteworthy that in the last few weeks liberal commentators, such as Mathew Yglesias and Jonathon Chait,  have begun to seriously contemplate the possibility, even the likelihood of the Republicans securing a House of Representatives majority this year. Some of this commentary has been in response to the recent analysis of Harry Joe who has argued […]

The religious right & homophobia

With the American right apparently resurgent useful to consider the balance of its components. The focus of the tea-parties on tax and debt might indicate a decline in the influence of the religious right as Dana Goldstein suggets but Sarah Posner suggests that the religious right remains highly influential. Inclined to agree with Posner here. […]

Religious conservatism and religious freedom

Recently in Australia we have seen Christian conservatives (they claim support for those of other faiths but little evidence of this) argue that extension of anti discrimination laws to cover employment decisions is a threat to religious freedom. Worth remembering that this is for employment in organizations such as schools and welfare services very largely […]

Andrew Peacock and Tony Abbott

Health party pref

Is Tony Abbott as much of a political liability as Labor hopes? Could he duplicate Andrew Peacock’s relative success as Liberal leader in 1984? Abbott  served as Health minister from late 2003 to the defeat of the Howard government. At the 2004 election one factor contributing to the easy re-election of the Howard government was […]

Family law and the Australian right

D. Kemp, Foundations for Australian Political Analysis: Politics and Authority, Oxford University Press, 1988 B. Maley, Marriage, Divorce and Family Justice, Centre for Independent Studies, Policy Monograph No. 23, 1992 B. Maley, Family and Marriage in Australia, Centre for Independent Studies, Sydney, Policy Monograph No. 43, 2000. P. Saunders, Australia’s welfare habit and how to […]

Liberals and ‘liberalism’ from 1984 to 2009

With the Liberals in opposition debate has raged as to the party’s future direction. The debate is often phrased as one of ‘liberals’ vs. ‘conservatives’. Tony Abbott’s recent book, which I still have to read, has been hailed as an intervention on the conservative side and Senator George Brandis has set himself up as the […]

Will the Republicans listen to Jeb Bush?

Recent comments of Jeb Bush confirmed by today’s American elections. Virginia and New Jersey Democratic defeats no great surprise, moderate republicans can win elections in Democratic or swing states, just as moderate to conservative Democrats can win in Republican states. New York mayoral election almost a major surprise but its a Democratic city. New York […]