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1st-May-2008 01:46 pm
It's interesting to consider that Kevin Rudd is arguably far more conservative than his Liberal counterpart.

The idea of left and right wing politics is a bit outdated these days. Maybe we should say capitalist and socialist? Except that this conjures images of Stalin of course.

What say you?
1st-May-2008 06:27 am (UTC)
How is he more conservative than his Liberal counterpart?
1st-May-2008 07:04 am (UTC)
Who is his Liberal counterpart? :P
1st-May-2008 07:03 am (UTC)
One of the issues is that there is economic and social conservatives and economic and social progressives. The Liberal party over the last 20 years (going back to the wet/dry battles of the 80s) have tended to be social conservatives whilst being economic progressives (even radicals), whist Labor has been economically conservative (in comparison to the Liberals, but still pretty progressive) and socially progressive.

I think these four corners are more helpful than "left" and "right" tags. Perhaps we need to add in "Environment" into that as well, given that it's the third factor (along with economics and social) to make up a sustainable society.
1st-May-2008 07:42 am (UTC)
Conservative and progressive tags don't work so well as they imply there's only one way to progress and the conservatives are stubbornly clinging to the past. Obviously that works well for any particular 'progressive', of course, but the rest of the time there's usually more than one viewpoint of what change is needed and each viewpoint is usually right in at least some respects.

Actually describing ideology and policy for each candidate, and the current party consensus, would be far too long for the media to cope with, though. Maybe we could divide them up by hairstyle instead? The Left part their hair on the left, the Right on the right, and the Middle in the middle. Comb-overs swap side depending on which way the political wind is blowing.
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