Category Archives: Political philosophy

To attack rather than build is now the norm, but the Coalition’s negative campaigning is backfiring

Attacking a policy simply because it is open to attack can result in painting yourself into an awkward policy corner First published in The Guardian Friday 7 November 2014 By Warwick Smith The Abbott led federal opposition in Australia was … Continue reading

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Part 3 of three part series on democracy in The Guardian

If democracy is broken, why should we vote? By Warwick Smith Originally published at theguardian.com, Thursday 18 September 2014 14.28 AEST Some argue that only by withdrawing our participation from the broken system can we hope to fix it or … Continue reading

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The state of democracy – Part 2 of 3 in The Guardian

Political donations corrupt democracy in ways you might not realise By Warwick Smith Originally published at The Guardian, Thursday 11 September 2014 10.37 AEST A consequence of a donation-driven approach to politics is that areas of political debate are in … Continue reading

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The Guardian – Why politicians must lie by Warwick Smith

Why politicians must lie – and how selling ice creams is like an election campaign By Warwick Smith Originaly published at The Guardian. 27/8/2014 Politicians must choose to either stand up for what they believe or maximise their vote. To … Continue reading

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Snowpiercer, a film that makes you cheer against yourself

By Warwick Smith The bizarre and gratuitously violent, soon-to-be-cult movie that is Snowpiercer is in a long tradition of film and fiction writing that casts radical judgment on its audience. The teenage cult sensation The Hunger Games sits in powerful … Continue reading

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Abbott achieves the impossible: unity among economists – The Guardian

Originally published in The Guardian. Please go here to read the original. Economists are refuting the three big picture claims made by the government: 1) We have a budget emergency 2) We have a debt crisis and 3) The carbon … Continue reading

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Australia flying blind

By Warwick Smith Originally published at the Australian Independent Media Network In this article Warwick Smith reports why the decision by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to discontinue many programs including the Measures of Australia’s Progress due to budgetary demands, is … Continue reading

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