Politics, society, self : occasional writings by Geoff Gallop

By Geoff Gallop

When you consider that retiring as leading of Western Australia in 2006, Geoff Gallop has lower back to his pre-political profession as an educational. within the position of public highbrow, Gallop has involved in concerns of the self inside: society, modern politics, pragmatics, fundamentalism, equity, and the which means and value of healthiness for public coverage and the individual. From the foreign to the nationwide, and right down to the  Read more...

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His is a case study of the marriage of intellect and political will. His career is a perfect illustration of the importance of electoral politics and what can be achieved by involvement in it. Note also, however, that he needed supporters for his cause of party and policy reform. The foot soldiers for the Whitlam Revolution were many and varied in background and temperament, but they all played their role. Whitlam’s story also reminds us of how far his opponents on the right were willing to go to defeat him.

41 politics, soci et y a n d se lf Put simply, I think politics needs its prophets as well as its practitioners and sometimes the boundaries need to be pushed. A study of history and human nature tells us that hope is not an illusion and change is possible. However, it also tells us that the battles between good and evil will be settled not just by objective factors like economic power and military strength but also by subjective factors like the extent and depth of political commitment. In this context ideas matter, so do values.

The best reply to both has always been that of Winston Churchill: Many forms of government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends the democracy is perfect or all-wise. 2 45 politics, soci et y a n d se lf Secondly, let me make it clear that I approach the issue from a left-of-centre perspective. You might say that is not surprising given my occupation of the last twenty years. I say it tonight, however, to emphasise the point that if you are on the left and committed to a more democratic, just and peaceful world, it is my considered view that involvement in electoral politics and acceptance of all the compromises that this entails is the best way to move from theory to practice.

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