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I'm Sam Quigley.

The Road to Securitisation

With the exception of a brief appearance during the Gulf War period[1], ‘the Muslim question’ had been largely absent from Australian political discourse prior to 2001. Since that time, though, concerns about Muslims and Islam have, in one form or … Continue reading

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Small and white, clean and … maybe not so bright?

This post calls into question the inclusive potential of deliberative democracy, with particular emphasis on the influential model of deliberation laid out by Jürgen Habermas in Between Facts and Norms: Contributions to a Discourse Theory of Law and Democracy.[1] I … Continue reading

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‘The Donald’ keeps banging on about how terrible NAFTA is. Might he be right? (SPOILER: Yep, it’s a turd.)

Signed in December 1992, the stated objectives of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Canada and Mexico were, namely, to: eliminate barriers to trade in, and facilitate the cross-border movement of, goods and services between … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Australian Xenophobia

To say that Australia has had its share of misunderstandings and misperceptions about the world that exists outside its own borders is somewhat of an understatement. Seemingly, if something can be gotten wrong about the wider world, Australia has gotten it … Continue reading

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Vive la liberté! (Part 2 of, probably 2)

(From 0:25:16) ‘By the way, they’re also immoral. The Left talks about these things as though [they’re] moral. It’s not moral to steal other people’s wealth just because you’re poorer than they are.’ Again with the fucking Objectivism. You realise … Continue reading

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Vive la liberté! (Part 1 of, I dunno, 50?)

Got another email. Okay, let’s see what your new favourite guy has to say. I’m not going to bother with the host, because he’s already revealed himself to be exactly as intelligent as he looks. (I’ll be doing this on … Continue reading

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Fun with Milo

A little while back, my best drinking buddy sent me this email: I had not seen this bloke before, but, having now seen him, ‘interesting’ wouldn’t be my adjective of choice. To be fair, the above correspondence immediately followed one of my tedious rants about … Continue reading

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