John Keane's 'The Life and Death of Democracy'
It has been a mixed year so far for democracy. There have been peaceful elections in India and Indonesia, the world’s largest and third largest democracy, respectively. Yet elsewhere, there has been little to celebrate. In the United Kingdom, Westminster – the ‘mother of parliaments’ – has been disgraced by an extraordinary MPs’ expenses scandal. Meanwhile, protests against the du
The Return of Deficit Economics
The Labor government of James Scullin was elected in October 1929, the month of the Wall Street crash, which history regards as the beginning of the Great Depression. In November 2007, the Labor government of Kevin Rudd was elected ten months before the collapse of Lehman Brothers, which history will almost certainly come to regard as the beginning of what is already being called the Great Re