• The Young and the Ruddless: The ALP’s leadership soap opera

    The Young and the Ruddless: The ALP’s leadership soap opera

    The soap opera that is the federal ALP leadership looks set to come to a dramatic climax with Prime Minister Gillard expected to call a leadership spill today. Like a bitter couple in a loveless […]

     
  • On New Year’s Resolutions

    On New Year’s Resolutions

    A very wise professor of British history once pondered in front of his class, ‘why do we study the nineteenth century?’ Elaborating, he explained that the year 1800 was not overly significant and that conceptually, […]

     
  • On Wilful Ignorance

    On Wilful Ignorance

    Ignorance truly is bliss. It means, after all, that you are free from the burden of knowledge, knowledge that perhaps would require some moral action. Increasingly our society in Australia and the broader Western world […]

     
  • A note on my recent absence

    A note on my recent absence

    Dear friends, This is my first post since May 2011. I wrote that particular article in the Library and Achieves of Canada when I was in Ottawa completing research for my PhD. Returning home to […]

     
  • On Popular Mythology in American History: Part two.

    On Popular Mythology in American History: Part two.

    It seems clear that the cause of white liberty in America was advanced by the subjugation of blacks and Indians. By the beginning of the eighteenth century, however, the colonists increasingly saw England as an […]

     
  • On Love

    On Love

    Love does not exist. Yet I want love. Am I being self-contradictory? I don’t think so. After all, there are lots of things we want as humans which do not exist. The perfect job, everyone […]