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1950s or 1850s?
Mark wrote: "These people are supposedly so concerned about what their interest rates will be over the next three years that they are happy to leave to their children and grandchildren a world in which international relations looks more like the end of the nineteenth century than the end of the twentieth, and all that implies."
Interesting. For some while now I've been contradicting people who say "John Howard wants to take us back to the 1950s", by pointing out that what his policies seem to prefer as a society is closer to the 1850s. Those who've read Dickens, Hardy, and perhaps a bit of social history would recognise the structure, with all the social and human gains (not to mention ecological awareness and new understandings in biology, psychology, comsmology, spirituality) bought with such struggle and cost stripped out. With all the lessons of both the evil and good humans can do denied and forgotten.

Do you think we could characterise the current "Liberal" Party idealogues as following the philosophy of Harry Lime, who dismissed several hundred years of peace and justice as only producing cuckoo clocks?

Posted September 27, 2004 10:11 PM

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