Geoffrey Blainey, immigration and conservatism then and now

Scott Morrison’s comments on Muslims recall the glory days of 1980s conservatism when many conservatives (and some nervous lefties) believed that they had found a xenophobic master key to public opinion. John Howard’s musing on ‘Asian’ immigration were the high or low point. Labor government and Bob Hawke in particular wrapped themselves in the banner […]

One Nation and the Tea Parties, Hutaree and the New Guard

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Tip/Wag – Hutaree Militia & ABC www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Health Care Reform Can the ‘Tea Parties’ attract significant support from outside conservative ranks? I doubt it. What does Australian history tell us about militias? Nate Silver discusses recent polling: There are two […]

Conspiracy theories: be alert but not alarmed

Conspiracy theories such as the belief that Barack Obama was born outside the US are in the news. There’s a discussion at Larvatus Pradeo in which posters lash themselves into much anxiety about ‘birthers’ and other crazies. Is this attention deserved? There are some who probably lie awake at night worrying about popular belief in […]