Well not exactly. Beazley got a run in an E.J. Dionne WaPo op-ed article titled,
"First Step? Admit There's a Problem"
[reg req]. Neither American Republicans or Democrats have any plan for what to do in Iraq. Clarkes op-ed on the same page, on the same subject,
basically says Bush has no plan
. Clark then manages to not offer one in return.
Beazley proposed the redeployment of American forces to Iraq's borders with Syria and Iran on the road to departure. At the same time, Washington needs to "refocus attention on Afghanistan," particularly the border areas with Pakistan, where he sees the real war on terrorism being waged. And the United States must turn its attention to the Iraq war's perverse effect, which has been to "advance Iranian power."
So where I differ with Beazley is that he thinks the US forces should take over the Afghan border,
I reckon the Australian forces should
But equally influential on our policy toward Afghanistan has been the weak manner in which Australia has contributed. We are not in control of the outcome, and consequentially the Howard government is just floating along with no focus, and no possible means to take the expeditions in Afghanistan and Iraq to any conclusion. Australia needs to return to the policy of December 2001, pull out of Iraq, and focus its full energies on defeating Al Queda and the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Note to John Howard and Kim Beazley, my skills in defence policy are always on the market.
John Singleton made a Fabian Society speech on Labor's chances of winning in 2007. Unfortunately the speech is not online, so I cannot read it directly, instead I am reduced to quoting Alan Ramsey in an smh op-ed. In the speech Singleton argued that Beazley was another "lazarus on a triple bypass", he should have just done away with the pretence, and called our political system a waitocracy.
From the op-ed;
Labor was so "poll driven" now it "astonishes" him. He'd thought Mark Latham, whom he'd met only once, was a "fantastic oppurtunity" but now "we're returning to Lazarus with a triple bypass". - Howard's put down of himself in 1989 - "only now Lazarus is Kim Beazley".
So where have we heard that before?
John Howard and Kim Beazley are the same politician. They are both products of the Australian waitocracy. Howard has been remarked upon as lazarus with a triple bypass because he survived several leadership changes before becoming Prime Minister. ... Both pursue small target political campaigns.
Road to Surfdom also linked
to the article, and
Gary and I discussed it at length
on his philosophy website. From that discussion I wrote;
I think they are wrong, it [the opposition needing a visionary and charismatic leader] makes for good journalism, but is meaningless when compared against our political and media system. Party legitimacy, discipline and authority comes with winning elections. The party can be a bunch of no-hopers with no political vision, in fact this was true of Howard and Beazley both using "small target" strategies to try and win government. It worked for Howard, and nearly did for Beazley with only Tampa and 911 scuttling it.
It is a waitocracy, you dont need vision, or a compelling leader, you just got to hang around until you get a go, and then once you are PM, the media loves you and claims you are a "leader". The party likes power, and having the taxpayer's purse, so they fall in line with the leader. Legislation, the treasury and smacking down the media are then all used to ensure the party remains in power.
This vision and leader celebrity form of political journalism doesnt mean much. If Labor follow the Keating style of political management without his arrogance they will be fine. Howard has expanded government to an unhealthy point. If they shrink government, as they did under Hawke and Keating, then Labor will be fine. They can wedge away to their heart is content, and claim Simpson and the Donkey for Labor.
We will then see the same cycle in the Liberal Party as we did between 1983 and 1996. A constant changing of leaders as the Liberal get subject to celebrity political journalism. The same journalistic hubris of the right being in disarray and Labor being the "natural party of government".
I am sure that Singleton has a speech writer who is probably pretty smart, but we saw the Lazarus with a triple bypass analogy for Beazley in ozplogistan first.
I for one welcome our new speechwriter blog reading overlords. They may as well dig through our ideas and commentary more, because we do it better than mass media does; and ever has done.
We now have
, thanks to the work of rusty, hillct and janra. They are a kind of meta-information cloud,
similar to what technorati has
. So next time an SSR member writes an
entry, put some tags in it as well.
You might also recognize
tags from that big scoop site, dailykos
. I don't have the Blocks/CSS set up to display in technorati style yet, but once we get enough tags for it to be a soup or a cloud, then I will.
A list of tags also appear at the bottom of the story. These have to be entered at the time the Article or Rafferty's is written. There is a tag field under the story body field. Enter in the tags in comma delimited fashion. For instance to add Tags for 'South Sea Republic','Tags' and 'Scoop' type in;
South Sea Republic, Tags, Scoop
In other site news I got the incoming trackbacks working again. That functionality got lost with the sync/upgrade with scoop CVS. Note to hulver, please be checking in the radio button rating and trackback code to the scoop main trunk. At the moment I am maintaining a bastardised half-version of CVS scoop and hulver-scoop.
While I am in site maintenance mode, if anyone else has any gripes, improvements or suggestions - fire away - and I will see what I can do.
South Sea Republic has gone through several visual changes in its layout and site design since its inception.
South Sea Republic has had several different looks in its lifetime up to this point. The original design was the three column, tables based layout.
This was replaced by the short-lived "white" design.
South Sea Republic also spun off
, an attempt to wrap the parliamentary library research and ABC News feeds with comments. It was
an article by Avocadia, called "Bottom-up User Communities"
which prompted Newcopia. This led to Newcopia being set up over a weekend. This is
the article announcing the site going live
Another short-lived design which did not last past a day was this one. Between scoop not making itself easily amenable to certain layouts and usability issues this design did not persist. One of the benefits from it was that shading was added to the rafferty's and comments boxes.
Hardt and Negri
The arguments of Madison, who thought representation the key to breaking apart any monarchy of power, now seem merely like mystifications; Montesquieu, who advocated radical division of constitutional powers, has been silenced by the unity of the system; and Jeffersonian free expression has been monopolized by corporate media. The political lexicon of modern liberalism is a cold bloodless cadaver.
Liberalism never really even pretended to represent all of society - the poor, women, racial minorities, and the rest of the subordinated majority have always been excluded from power by explicit or implicit constitutional mechanisms.
Today liberalism tends not even to be able adequately to represent the elites. In the era of globalization it is becoming increasingly clear that the historical moment of liberalism has passed.
Is representation purely liberal? It was a democratic advance for its time that connected the increasing equity of social and technological organisation.
On South Sea Republic we are constantly discussing post-representative forms of governance such as
ratification and sortition
. These technologies were not unknown at the time of the American revolution. Juries are an essential part of American Constitutional rights.
Juries are used to ensure that an individual is judged by the peers under the technical guidance of a specialist, ie a Judge. This was deemed the most efficient, and just form of judicial organisation.
There is no reason why modern liberalism cannot adjust those same principles to Executive and Legislative government. A Harpurian Republic reflects the most advanced form of social organisation that capable at the time.
Madison's beliefs on representation have been overtaken by advances in education, technology, health and enfranchisement. They have also been undercut by political organisation which seeks to increase the alienation and abstraction between representative and voter. Gerry-mandering is one such technique.
recent discussion on appointed or elected Ministers
raised the issue of division of constitutional powers. The consensus was that factionalism has combined to make the government run pay party than by division of powers. Yet, many parliamentary systems, including Australia's, are specifically set up this way.
Australian government has no real recognition of division between executive and legislative responsibilities. Unicameral systems such as Queensland's and the ACT's have even less recognition of that separation.
Queensland's upper house was suicide squadded by Labor members, but the ACT and Northern Territory systems were created when people were more sensitive to separation of powers. Parliamentary systems are specifically set-up to ensure there is as little conflict between Executive and Legislative as possible.
Is that a failing of Liberalism? I think it is rough to throw that in its lap.
As to the corporate media being monopolised to such an extent that it is a statist mouthpiece, this is nothing new, and something that individuals have chafed under, even back in Jefferson's time. Jefferson himself, was an extraordinary muck-raker who would happily co-ordinate attacks on his opponents through the publishing media of the time.
But is the political lexicon of modern liberalism limited to representation, separation of powers and a free mass media?
It can be argued, rightly in my opinion, that sites like South Sea Republic represent modern liberalism as much as any other; and innovations such as sortition, independent constitutional review, abundant media, technology, etc are all part of the common lexicon on this site.
The American Republic had to update the responses in political science and philosophy to eradicate the ills they saw that damaged liberty and democracy. Republicanism is not static, nor is it conservative. It is an expression of the maximal political innovation and achievement of the time.
Today our list of ills is larger than in 1787 or 1901. The lexicon advances to innovations and technologies that can eradicate the attacks on liberty, democracy and justice.
Most Popular on South Sea Republic
The articles that have been viewed the most:
Most Popular Restaurants in Phoenix
Phoenix Eats Out
is the restaurant review site for Phoenix
and Old Town Scottsdale
which lists the modernist and contemporary restaurants, taverns and bars in the greater Phoenix area.
This is the list of the most popular restaurants pages from phoenixeatsout.com that have been viewed the most;
My personal favourite restaurants in Phoenix are AZ88
, Humble Pie
, Orange Table
, The Vig
and others coming close behind. View the complete list with the photo-journalistic style images on phoenixeatsout.com
Most Popular Hikes in Arizona
Arizona is an outdoor state and has lots of hiking in the city and around the state. Phoenix is unusual for most cities in having several large mountains in the center of the city with great hiking. Anyone who comes to Phoenix has to do the Echo Canyon trail on Camelback
and the Summit Hike on Squaw Peak
or Piesta Peak. The views of the city, suburbs and surrounding mountains are wonderful from Camelback and Piesta Peak.
For more experienced hikers there is the McDowell Mountains in North Scottsdale that has several difficult and strenuous hikes in Tom's Thumb
and Bell Pass
. Alternatively, you can hike the highest mountain in Arizona. At 12,600 feet Humphrey's Peak
is a long and difficult hike.
Alternate Australian Constitutions
Between 2004 and 2009 this site, southsearepublic.org
, was a constitutional blog based on scoop which focused on Australian and global constitutional issues.
One of the strongest aspects of it was the development of constitutions by those involved in the blog. These constitutions are the outcome:
The constitutions were built using principles from Montesquieu's separation of powers, the enlightnment's universal political rights and the ancient Athenian technology of sortition and choice by lot.
Archives For South Sea Republic
South Sea Republic started in 2004 as an Australian constitutional blog in 2004 based on scoop software. It was an immigrative outgrowth of Kuro5hin. The archives for each year since then;
The articles are ordered by views.
Who Is Cam Riley
I am an Australian living in the United States as a permanent resident.
I am a software developer by trade and mostly work in Java and jump between middleware and front end.
I originally worked in the New York area of the United States in telecommunications before moving to Washington DC and
working in a mix of telecommunications, energy and ITS. I started my own software company before heading out to
Arizona and working with Shutterfly. Since then I have joined a startup in the Phoenix area and am thoroughly enjoying myself.
I do a lot of photography which I post on this website, but also on flickr. I have a photo-journalistic website which lists
the modernist and contemporary restaurants in phoenix. I have a site on the Australian Flying Corps [AFC]
which has been around since the 1990s and which I unfortunately
lost the .org URL to during a life event; however, it is under the www.australianflyingcorps.com
The AFC website has gone through several iterations since the 90s and the two most recent are Australian Flying Corps Archives(2004-2002)
Australian Flying Corps Archives(2002-1999)
which are good places to start.
Websites Worth Reading
Websites of friends, colleagues and of interest;