Whatever one’s opinions and views of the ALP et al, surely most would hope that this episode represents the high water mark for the West Wing generation’s hold on Australian politics. This theatre could only have been scripted by someone who spent most of their formative years watching and re-watching the West Wing. A Presidential-like […]
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It seems that the ‘European Project’ is entering a new phase. All the talk is of the End of Austerity, with the controversy over the Reinhart/Rogoff research serving as a catalyst for a retreat of the policies throughout Europe. The structural changes that austerity policies bring are no doubt traumatic. It seems that in many […]
Surely yesterday must rank as one of the most disgraceful in parliament’s history. The speaker was finally revealed to be a pig of a man, unworthy of any position of influence in anything, let alone an MP and speaker. Oakeshott and Windsor confirmed themselves as spineless – voting against the no confidence motion before telling […]
In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam is Robert McNamara‘s contribution to the ongoing debate and discussion of the Vietnam War. It was written in 1995 at a time when the experience of Vietnam was much more vivid and it was written as a contribution to that process. Today, one reads it with an eye […]
I love the mental image of Wayne Swan and his entourage encamped in their offices, working themselves into a self-righteous lather as they rage against the evils of European timidity and the Tea Party crazies. “Why can’t they be more like us?” He offers gratuitous advice to Europe and America, which is fine. One may […]
A belated post to farewell Neil Armstrong, fighter pilot, test pilot, astronaut, first man on the moon. Anyone that didn’t want to be him is just weird.
“Oh, Jake,” Brett said, “we could have had such a damn good time together.” Ahead was a mounted policeman in khaki directing traffic. He raised his baton. The car slowed suddenly pressing Brett against me. “Yes,” I said. “Isn’t it pretty to think so?” – The Sun Also Rises
It seems that Greece has managed to find a parliamentary majority supportive of continued austerity policies. Perhaps the most insightful takeaway from all this is that the election is considered by so many commentators as the salvation for the Euro, and the European Project. It shows just how divorced from reality we have all become. […]
Telcos are facing a challenging time. First it was the explosion in the demand for data, driven by the iPhone and its decedents, which are suffocating networks. Now over-the-top applications are redefining the economics of mobile. There is plenty of discussion about how carriers can avoid becoming a commodity by participating in the economics of OTT apps […]
Thankfully, I now have something to blame. Damn you BCG!
You have to give Rolf Eden credit for creativity: ROLF EDEN wants you to read this article. In fact, the 82-year-old would do just about anything to stay in the limelight he won through decades as a nightclub impresario and self-anointed playboy in swinging, cold war West Berlin. The aging lothario has let it be […]
A rainy Autumn night with the Lost Generation That night at the hotel, in our room with the long empty hall outside and our shoes outside the door, a thick carpet on the floor of the room, outside the windows the rain falling and in the room light and pleasant and cheerful, then the light […]
The Australian government recently announced that our involvement in Afghanistan is to be wound down. I think that is the right answer. But what deserves scrutiny is how our political leaders were once committed to our deployment on the basis that it was in our interests to do so yet are now, with no change […]
Von Braun, Michael Newfeld’s masterful biography of Werner von Braun, brings to life one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th century. He portrays Von Braun as a modern Faust, whose single-minded focus on his dream of space exploration both drove him to one of the greatest achievements of the last century and blinded him to the moral […]
The two dominant lenses through which history is often explained argue either that the people involved shape history decisively, or the underlying forces at work that shape history regardless of the people. The first approach argues that great and consequential individuals must be understood to understand history, the other that the underlying forces of humanity […]
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