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Holiday reading

As usual, news is a bit thin at this time of the year, but for those who are looking for holiday reading in the political sphere I’ve put together some links to interesting stuff that I’ve come across recently.

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Fascism on both sides of the Atlantic

There’s been some very interesting discussion on whether to call Donald Trump a fascist, a debate that has particular resonance with the rise of the National Front in France.

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Please to remember 11 November

More about the 1975 constitutional crisis, and how easy it is to misunderstand the role of the House of Representatives.

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Here we go again – Brandis and bigotry

George Brandis launches an attack on religious bigotry – by which he apparently means criticism of religious-based public policy that he agrees with.

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Fending off the far right in central Europe

Vienna holds off a challenge from Austria’s far-right party. Meanwhile, Swiss elections look like confirming the right’s strength there, but in Switzerland votes bear little relationship to political power.

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Free speech, yet again

As usual, the test for free speech is how we treat people with seriously obnoxious views, such as the case of anti-choice extremist Troy Newman.

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A victory, but not a mandate

Elections show Catalonia split down the middle on the question of independence. That’s a good reason for Madrid to negotiate, but it’s not a mandate for unilateral action.

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Catalan independence hangs in the balance

Voters in Catalonia go to the polls on Sunday in a regional election that will decide whether or not to push for independence. It looks like being close.

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The strange intensity of Turnbull-hating

No doubt you can make legitimate criticisms of Malcolm Turnbull, but “socialist”? Really? What’s going on with this strange worldview from the right?

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Libertarians vs conservatives, again

The Cato Institute sponsors a debate and then surveys the audience, with revealing results.

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