NUMBER 10 SUMMER 2002/2003
EDITORIAL: Citizens’ rights
depend on the power and authority of the nation state. This is why
globalisation, which extends the power of the market at the expense of
government, is central to the neoliberal agenda. Conversely,
internationalism – involving rules-based systems in international
economic and political relations – can deliver all the benefits of free
trade while also protecting national sovereignty and constraining US
who served two terms as a Democrat Senator from Queensland,
defends the centuries old middle class ‘do-goodism’ in which a tiny
minority of people is prepared to give time, energy and money to
progressive causes. He argues that the Democrats have been at the
forefront of this tradition in Australia, but if the impulse is to
continue effectively it will probably require an alliance with the
ALP member IAN HUNDLEY argues that the
Hawke/Wran inquiry and the special federal conference were largely a
sham to create a perception of party ‘modernisation’, while actually
protecting existing factional power structures and ignoring the need to
democratise the party by giving some real power to rank-and-file
DIRK BALTZLY argues
that law derived exclusively from religious belief (e.g. that embryos
are human) is bad law because it demands that non-believers obey the
law through fear of the consequences, whereas laws based on reason
allow the citizen to internalise the reasons for obeying the law.
DENIS KENNY looks
to English history to explain why Australia, and other societies
influenced by the puritan ethic, are faced with political roundheads
obsessively pursuing a policy of unreconstructed market economics,
while simultaneously deploring outcomes that are the social and ethical
consequences of that policy.
JAY BULWORTH examines
the history of US war fighting to show that America still fights wars
in the tradition of Ulysses S Grant. This tradition is exemplified by
the strategy of annihilation based on overwhelming force, and the
waging of war on armies as well as civil infrastructure, all justified
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KEN MACNAB sees
in American exceptionalism an ignorance of America’s own history which
must be recognised if the war on terrorism is to be brought to a
SIMON HUGHES observes
how the American Empire has used the threat of the ‘other’ – once
called communism, now transmogrified into terrorism – in order to
justify its imperial cause.
GREG BARNS compares
Australia’s commitment to liberal democracy with New Zealand and Canada
and finds us wanting because Australia has a dependency syndrome
expressed through a foreign policy sycophantic to the US.
GREG BARTON looks
at Indonesia’s long march towards democracy, which began with the East
Asian Economic Crisis and the fall of the Soeharto regime, and examines
the contribution of the Wahid and Megawati presidencies.
CAROLYN ALLPORT, President
of the NTEU, looks at the globalisation of education services via the
WTO and the global networks that are developing to negotiate on
education rights and teachers’ rights.
JOHN M LEGGE describes
how corporate governance was undermined when neoliberal economists
successfully promoted the false proposition that directors of public
limited liability companies were responsible to shareholders alone, and
how this allowed directors and senior managers to pay themselves
salaries and bonuses on a scale which adversely affected the value and
viability of the companies they were supposed to protect.
HUGH SADDLER explains
how Australia’s powerful coal and related electricity and aluminium
industries have opposed measures including the Kyoto Protocol and
carbon tax/ emissions trading, and how this has led to a split in the
hitherto united front of corporate Australia against policies to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions.
BOB BIRRELL reviews From White Australia to Woomera: The Story of Australian Immigration by James Jupp. The book traces the rise of immigration under Australia’s liberal post war policies and the fall after the Hawke era.
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