Hard right Conservative
South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi
, who in 2012 year was removed as parliamentary secretary and opposition whip to Tony Abbott as a result of arguing that same-sex marriages would lead to legalised polygamy and bestiality
, is no stranger to controversy.
A noted climate change sceptic
, and critic of both Islam
and publicly-funded broadcasting
, Bernardi has just published his manifesto -- The Conservative Revolution
-- calling for "a reversal back to sanity and reason"
Reviews on Amazon have been less than favourable
, but his book has put contentious issues such as abortion
, the structure
of the modern family and WorkChoices
firmly at centrestage as the unpopular conservative government seeks to reconnect with voters
who so comprehensively removed the Labor Party from Government in September 2013.
that the danger in Bernardi's comments is that they shift the goalposts on what is considered outrageous
, and re-ignite
the culture wars
. Or is it too late
The Prime Minister has again been forced to distance himself from Bernardi's views
, and Warren Entch has criticised him for his "gay obsession
In 2012 the Global Mail called him Australia's Sarah Palin
, but he also shares the Six Fs philosophy
of Rick Santorum
: Faith, Family, Flag, Free enterprise, Federation and Freedom
posted by Mezentian
on Jan 7, 2014 -
The prime minister
has suggested that people under the age of 25 could lose the right to housing benefit, as part of moves to cut the welfare bill.
Scrapping the benefit for that age group would save almost £2bn a year.
via BBC News. Comments sortable and worth reading. [more inside]
posted by marienbad
on Jun 24, 2012 -
Why Won't They Listen? Haidt diverges from other psychologists who have analyzed the left’s electoral failures. The usual argument of these psycho-pundits is that conservative politicians manipulate voters’ neural roots — playing on our craving for authority, for example — to trick people into voting against their interests. But Haidt treats electoral success as a kind of evolutionary fitness test. He figures that if voters like Republican messages, there’s something in Republican messages worth liking. He chides psychologists who try to “explain away” conservatism, treating it as a pathology. Conservatism thrives because it fits how people think, and that’s what validates it. Workers who vote Republican aren’t fools. In Haidt’s words, they’re “voting for their moral interests.”
posted by shivohum
on Mar 26, 2012 -
- "In 2004 he became the first of the card-carrying neocons to break ranks and oppose the Iraq War; in 2006 he published a comprehensive history and critique of the neoconservative movement; in 2009 he skewered the economics profession at length in his journal The American Interest; earlier this year, he dedicated an issue to a series of essays exploring the emerging American plutocracy... that through their greed they somehow benefit society... He was not being glib: Much of his new book
, The Origins of Political Order
, is devoted to documenting the struggles of premodern states
to draw up sustainable tax codes. Long before modernity
and the spread of democracy, societies that failed to effectively tax their citizenry were the first to shrivel... [more inside]
posted by kliuless
on May 14, 2011 -
While much is being made of dysfunctional government
] and hung parliament
], David Cameron's pitches for a fairer society
], smarter policy
] and employee ownership
] have been positively, uh, Obamanian
.* [more inside]
posted by kliuless
on Mar 5, 2010 -
"The crisis is an opportunity to sweep away the rotten postwar settlement of British politics. Labour is moribund. But David Cameron has a chance to develop a "red Tory
" communitarianism, socially conservative but sceptical of neoliberal economics" [more inside]
posted by doobiedoo
on Feb 15, 2009 -
Intense debate about weighty issues like racism, abortion, and immigration... between animals in funny hats! This is the silly punditry of Scenario: Dog v. Cat
: Round 1
, round 2
, round 3
posted by hjo3
on May 28, 2008 -
My Right Wing Dad
is a new-ish and rather informal blog that aims to provide "a chance for folks to examine the unrestrained rhetoric that is quietly passed from in-box to in-box in America," by hosting a collection of the emails that form an often untraceable and unacknowledged part of public discourse in the U.S., especially on the Right. Tagged by category (for example: God
, and World War II
), the amateur archive presents a range of colorful opinion, not all of it strikingly accurate, and some of it offensive. In efforts to understand liberal and conservative habits of communication
, it may be worth considering the role of forwarded email in the electoral process, and the reasons that the forwarding of email is popular among some people
, and whether this behavior tends to correlate with particular political opinions. The emails hosted on MyRightWingDad may in any case be enlightening, unless you're already on the forward list of someone in the know.
posted by washburn
on Aug 15, 2007 -
Described as "the View meets the Daily Show and takes a right turn," The America Show, Episode 1
and Episode 2
are pilots that are being floated for possible TV broadcast. Weigh in on their potential. The driving force behind the show is conservative comic Julia Gorin
, who also recently launched Political Mavens
as "a celebrity-studded conservative answer to Arianna's Huffington Post."
posted by madamjujujive
on Nov 27, 2006 -
David Cameron, leader of the Conservative party in the UK, reaches out to the Youtube generation.
posted by greycap
on Sep 30, 2006 -
Conservative Blogs Rock!
NEW YORK In an argument sure to be challenged in certain sectors of the blogosphere, a story in The New York Times magazine coming up this Sunday declares that conservative blogs continue to best liberal blogs in political and electoral influence.
posted by Sagres
on Dec 9, 2005 -
Meet Mark. I am a 49 year old truck driver. Divorced, one daughter, 18, looking for a LADY, 45 to 55 years old, no tatoos, no body piercings except ears, but most importantly NOT LIBERAL (lady and not liberal kind of go hand in hand, don't they?).
Mark is just one of the many available lovebirds waiting for you at Hannidate
-- Sean Hannity
's very own Internet personals.
posted by grabbingsand
on Feb 26, 2005 -