Remembering Richard Rorty

The passing of Richard Rorty attracted little attention in Australia, although there was a discussionof his philosophical work on the ABC. His specifically political work was ignored. Rorty identified himself strongly with the old anticommunist left, in his Achieving Our Country: ‘the war against Stalin was as legitimate, and as needed as the war against […]

Action Francaise

Via Art Goldhammer I see that Eugen Weber died recently. I have just reread his Action Francaise, a brilliant analysis of the leading French conservative organisation from its formation in 1908 to its final ignominy under Vichy. It sheds light on the conservative project. Action Francaise started as Catholic, monarchist and conservative, eventually they were […]

A Bloomberg candidacy?

The decision of New York Mayor Micheal Bloomberg to change his party registration from Republican to Independent is widely seen as preparatory to a third-party run for the Presidency. Bloomberg is extremely wealthy but even in the US money can buy only a limited amount of votes. Bloomberg makes the usual claim about political polarisation […]