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August 11, 2006

Is this what is happening to the Liberal Party in Australia in the light of this event? It is unbecoming being liberal?

Alan Moir

Being unliberal generally means turning your back on the Menzies tradition of the Liberal party. Is this what is happening? Conservatism has taken over from liberalism, which has been reduced to a market liberalism?

It does look like it when 4 Liberal rebels have to put their political careers at risk to defend human rights and the importance of international law in relation to assylum seekers.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 8:15 AM | | Comments (4)


Conservatism? What conservatism?

These people are radicals! Militants! Take a moment to consider how they've changed the nation and it's institutions.

Conservative? Not by a long shot!

they are radical in terms of the market but not in terms of the nation-state.

Gary - I think mars is on the money. Is there any aspect of Australian life they have't tried to alter radically?

And if you don't buy that, then let me argue that since Milton Friedman/Thatcher/Reagan/the fall of the Berlin Wall, the nation state = the market.

Phil with a blog,
yes mars is on the money. I don't deny that, especially in terms of the market.

Howver, Thatcher was strong on nationalism as patriotism and authoritarian populism.

War cannot be reduced to markets. Australia is just not fighting the way on terrorism to sell more wheat in the Middle East