December 23, 2012
And so the political year 2012 ends. It's a year in which the Gillard Government finally clawed back some of the ground it immediately lost after its formation; the mainstream media lost even more creditability; some reforms were implemented over fierce resistance; and the old white blokes in power looked ever more out of touch.
It was a sleazy, tawdry year of hand to hand fighting in the trenches between political friends and enemies. It was a situation of mutual enmity with its possibility of war and mutual killing between them.
This partisan conflict undercut a political liberalism that assumes that conflicts between political groups can be solved to everyone's advantage through an improvement of civilization, technology, and social organization; or be settled, after peaceful deliberation, by way of amicable compromise.