Politics

Tradition and Reaction in Conservative Politics

I say: take no thought of the harvest, But only of proper sowing. —T.S. Eliot, Choruses from “The Rock” In his essay “The Future of Australian Conservatism: Mainstream or Sidestream?” (Quadrant, October), Edwin Dyga uses a critique of Senator Cory Bernardi’s latest work as an opportunity to raise some important observations about the state of current Australian political thought given developments overseas. In this last month alone we have seen: the recent defection of Tory, Richard Barnes, to the rising UKIP; historic gains made by Marine Le Pen in the French Senate; and the stunning electoral results of the Swedish…

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