Making a difference in the age of high-speed politics

My latest article on Eureka Street looks at our ailing political era in which leaders are expendable and political expedience has driven out all trace of idealism:

Those of us motivated more by idealism or by the simple desire for strong and stable governance cannot help but feel dismayed and discouraged by the now half-decade of leadership instability and political melodrama that persists like the dying seasons of a once-popular TV show.

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Like the pursuit of profit as the over-riding concern of big business, the pursuit of office at all costs has gradually stripped big politics of any extraneous, inefficient, aesthetic, idiosyncratic or genuinely amateur qualities — unless they poll well in the electorate, of course. Efficiency translates into uniformity and conformity, with even the Prime Minister himself forced to adhere to the prevailing ideology of his peers in exchange for their political endorsement.

http://eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=42599#.VOJ3GC7ot-A

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