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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 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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Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really could've used this in my economic geography subject as an essay reference six years ago... ah well
Mar 08, 2013 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 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
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting read. Aly sketches out the political landscape of left and right and shows the similarities and differences between the Australian Liberal Party, conservatives, neoliberals, and neoconservatives. He then critiques the various positions in relation to multiculturalism and environmental issues. Very useful, Aly is a clear thinker and an excellent communicator.
Gary Foxbridge
Feb 18, 2013 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.
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Well-written and thought-provoking. Waleed Aly's ruminations on conservatism are the sort of measured discussion that is so important as so-called 'conservatism' gains ground in various countries.
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