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What's Right?: The Future of Conservatism in Australia (Quarterly Essay #37)

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Where did the Right go wrong? With the departure of George W. Bush and John Howard, conservative parties in the US and Australia entered a period of turmoil. Foreign affairs, economics, the environment – all were issues to be avoided. Most profoundly, conservatives no longer seemed to have a compelling vision of the future – and arguably still don’t. How did the Right end ...more
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Published March 2010 by Black Inc.
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Jul 12, 2014 John rated it liked it
I recently watched Waleed talked about this at The Wheeler Centre before reading the essay which now I would say I enjoyed that more. (It may not be fair to compare them so as he was asked questions by the audience and his interviewer so it was always going to address broader topics etc)

Waleed gives a competent brief history of conservatism, liberalism and their place in the post-modern setting and what their descendants neo-liberalism and neo-conservatism have lead us to.
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Mar 10, 2013 Stevie rated it really liked it
Waleed Aly presents a fascinating and clear analysis of the move from conservatism to neo-liberal economics and neo-conservatism in Australian politics. He skilfully shows the inherent contradictions of being conservative but pushing for broad sweeping, ideological reform. Of particular interest is the ways in which the foundation philosophy of individual liberty has changed and is at odds with the current "right" ideology. Aly's narrative is straightforward and his analysis is engaging. Recomme ...more
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Sep 17, 2011 Aaron Michaux rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Waleed Aly is a deep thinker and amazing communicator. This essay is an insightful short history of modern conservatism, and its transformation into the current paradoxical combination of neoliberalism and neoconservatism. Whether you are politically left or right, this short book is for you if you believe that right-wing politics has become ungrounded, and you want to see some sanity return in the form of the traditional conservatism that eschews radical transformative ideologies, and embraces ...more
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Feb 25, 2013 Gary Payne rated it it was amazing
I might be a little biased, but this is one of the finest accounts of traditional conservatism that I have read. Waleed Ali proves once again that he is well on the way to becoming one of the most prominent thinkers in our community. I highly recommend this book.
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