Identity Crisis – some theses on identity politics

What are we to make of the phenomenon of identity politics? Here are some exploratory theses. There is a vast debate on the merits and meaning of identity politics today. This debate springs from the increased use of claims of exclusive political authority grounded in the lived experience of one or other shared attribute of a … Continue reading Identity Crisis – some theses on identity politics

More reflections on 2017: The end of history revisited

In 2017 Francis Fukuyama published two podcasts providing a retrospective account of his essay, "The End of History" (1989) which was later published in more extended form as the book The End of History and The Last Man, in 1992, 25 years ago. I had bought Fukuyama's book, back in the early 1990s, when I … Continue reading More reflections on 2017: The end of history revisited

Political order and political decay in Australia

If there has been a single problem facing contemporary democracies, either aspiring or well established, it has been centred in their failure to provide the substance of what people want from government: personal security, shared economic growth, and quality basic public services like education, health and infrastructure that are needed to achieve individual opportunity." Francis … Continue reading Political order and political decay in Australia