Blog highlights, week five

I don’t know how long Covid-19 isolation is going to go on for, but let’s hope we don’t run out of blog highlights. Here’s another selection for your weekend, covering a wide range of topics and including a number of issues that are still with us today.

What Wilders means (February 2013). A look at the significance of Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders, friend of Cory Bernardi, then touring Australia.

Bush v. Gore revisited: what might have been (May 2013). Former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who indirectly gave us the Iraq war and much else, now seems to regret her role. Better late than never.

Getting the story straight in Africa (June 2013). Barack Obama starts to tell a consistent story about human rights in Africa, and by implication elsewhere – helped by a Supreme Court decision on gay rights.

Turkey gets more connected (October 2013). A new intercontinental rail link in Turkey and its possible political implications down the track.

A Europhobe takes the floor (March 2014). In another Brexit prequel, Daniel Hannan argues that Britain is the home of freedom while the EU is its enemy. Unfortunately it’s not quite as simple as that.

And so it came to this (August 2014). A hundred years ago, Europe descended into the nightmare of the First World War. Could something like it happen again?

Libertarians vs conservatives, again (August 2015). The Cato Institute sponsors a debate and then surveys the audience, with revealing results.

Words that kill: terrorism and “Islamism” (March 2016). Why “Islamist” is the wrong word to use to describe terrorists, and why some people want us to use it anyway.

Responsibility for Trump: Part I and Part II (November 2016). Far too few conservatives have spoken out against Donald Trump, and even those that have need to look more searchingly in the mirror. But only so much responsibility attaches to party leaders; ultimately the voters are the ones who decide.

An unenviable choice (June 2017). Britain goes to the polls, in the shadow of terrorism, to choose between unreconstructed socialism and resurgent nationalism. It’s an ugly situation to be in.

Let’s talk about neoliberalism again (April 2018). If “neoliberalism” is a real thing, is it something we can blame the liberal thinkers of last century for? Or would they be just as troubled by it as we are?

Is Turnbull another Rudd, or just another Turnbull? (August 2018). Topically enough for this week, Malcolm Turnbull’s predicament brings back memories of 2009-10. What can that experience tell us about his fate?

France, being France (December 2018). France’s government faces a protest movement, the “yellow vests”, with legitimate grievances, but also some very disturbing features.

The bridge at Montereau (September 2019). Commemorating our thousandth blog post, and a murder in central France 600 years earlier that should not be forgotten.

Germany’s centre-left searches for an identity (December 2019). A new left-wing leadership for Germany’s Social Democrats represents a step into the unknown and means trouble for Angela Merkel.

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