Politics

Writing about politics.

Uh-oh, generation Z are voting

Ugh! Young people. What would they know about anything. Based on some data… either the latest generation are increasingly raging lefties, or right-wingers are decreasingly likely to fill out surveys. Both are plausible hypotheses.

Why the majority is ruining democracy

It’s easy to assume that if the majority of the public wants something, then our leaders ought to do it. That’s the point of democracy, right? Actually, no. Majority rule would be a disaster!

The other right: what’s wrong with the political compass?

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Several attempts have been made to plot the political landscape. The classic left-right spectrum, the popular “political compass”, the libertarian’s favourite Nolan Chart, and Brian Patrick Mitchell’s less well-known arche/kratos plot. But they all lacked something. Math.

Is a red wave coming in?

How might the Bret Cavanaugh trials have affected voting sentiment for the 2018 mid-term elections? What did it say about the Democratic party’s mercurial contempt for presumption of innocence. Hint: in hindsight, no a red wave did not come in. But neither did a blue wave.

Leadership happens

Leadership spills are ugly politics. But they can be necessary; a party must be able to change its leadership and the best time to do so is a few months before an election. Here’s my take on the ousting of Malcolm Turnbull.