Ryan

Taking Liberties

James Waghorne and Stuart Macintyre, Liberty: A History of Civil Liberties in Australia, University of New South Wales Press, 2011, 240 pages, $59.95. I found this book strangely encouraging, not because it was so good, but because it was so bad; plainly, the barrel from which the ideological left-wing academic historians have been siphoning their insipid brew is now down to the dregs. The very title is impudent, promising three times as much content as it produces. If it really were a “history of civil liberties in Australia”, a reader might expect it to begin with that earliest immigrant to…

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