Saturday, April 13, 2019

How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship review: How dangerous simplicities can run amok

Sydney getaway: a weekend on the Central Coast

It was once called the Venice of Australia because of its idyllic location surrounded by pristine waterways, but since those good ole days when vintage Sydneysiders used to day trip north for the beach, Woy Woy has struggled with its identity.
In recent years, an influx of city-slickers and commuters has started to change the fabric of the sleepy suburb and in the past couple of months of 2017, with a series of exciting renos and openings, a new chapter has been written.
Shorten at Woy Woy finds favour in common with Winx

Federal Election 2019: Emotional scenes on campaign trail ...

Leaders talk health as Dutton apologises

Shorten says his ASIO team at Woy Woy will talk to Assange

Video: Defying Gravity LRB. Adam Tooze on the exercise of American power. Starts off with lateral thinking on Geithner, a “truly Napoleonic figure,” but broadens out (!). Grab a cup of coffee and watch the storyteller 

How to Lose a Country: The 7 Steps from Democracy to Dictatorship review: How dangerous simplicities can run amok

A century ago a German political scientist delivered a seminal lecture to a packed auditorium in Munich. A nation was in upheaval. Germany was in the grip of a political revolution.

Tensions between a weary population and a ruling monarchy had escalated to revolution. The ruling emperor had abdicated. The elections for the new Weimar Republic had just taken place.

The certainty of political order was under extreme pressure. “Politics as a Vocation”, the lecture delivered by Max Weber, was therefore a vital reminder of the necessity of politics but also a reflection on its inherent dilemmas...

Those looking for such steadfastness should begin here. As Temelkuran concludes: “If we are not politically active or reactive, then the act of understanding turns into only the expression and exchange of emotional responses. Our reactions gradually retreat to become nothing more than a sad cabaret”.

Politics is not entertainment. Explaining, in political life, should not be the same as losing. Otherwise dangerous simplicities can run amok.

Paschal Donohoe is the Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform