Some of Goldwater’s more extreme supporters in 1964.
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The Republicans' hardline 1964 candidate famously said that 'extremism in the defence of liberty is no vice'. Sound familiar?
Liberal senator Cory Bernardi claims his ‘Australian Conservatives’ movement has recorded more than 50,000 registrations.
In the last 12 months, under the leadership of an eastern suburbs small-l liberal, the Liberal Party has decided it wants to look more like the party of Hewson than the party of Howard.
After a year of trying to bring him down, the Republican Party will rally behind Donald Trump this week – sort of.
New research explains why habitat loss means male willow warblers now outnumber females – and that's bad news for the species.
Pauline Hanson’s policy agenda includes an inquiry into Islam and an end to Muslim immigration.
Pauline Hanson and her party will potentially be a divisive presence in the next parliament. The challenge, for a potential Coalition government in particular, will be just how to handle her.
Many members of conservative political parties, like the Republican Party in the US, undoubtedly subscribe to the values captured by ‘conservative syndrome’.
Several recently reported cross-cultural studies show the correlation between social conservatism and intelligence is lower than previously thought.
Do the divisions within the Liberal Party reflect differences of personality and tactical emphasis? Or do they come down to differing worldviews?
The decline in Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity and the increasingly explicit critiques of his leadership have raised the question of whether the Liberal Party has a unifying ideology.
Managing the ‘broad church’ of the Liberal Party is one of Malcolm Turnbull’s greatest challenges.
Ultra-conservatism has a rich and complex history within Australian parties, and Malcolm Turnbull has the difficult task of balancing the more extreme elements of his party with his own liberal views.
Sarah Palin may have been relegated to the fringe, but Trump needs the fringe to win.
Cliven and Ammon Bundy.
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The violent American militias of the 1990s faded from view long ago – but have they begun coming back in a new form?
In a league of his own.
George Wallace, Ross Perot and Pat Buchanan all reshaped American elections with their populism. Is Donald Trump just standing on their shoulders?
Tony Abbott’s modest domestic policy record in office is dwarfed by Margaret Thatcher’s dismantling of socialism.
Tony Abbott’s Margaret Thatcher Lecture, delivered in London on Tuesday night, provides a fitting epitaph to his government.
The angry right wing of American politics is mired in a swamp of outrage and victimhood. 'Twas ever thus.
The GOP’s problem with Pope Francis is that he may be too conservative.
Republicans' problem with the pope is not that he's too liberal on issues such as capitalism, it's that he's too conservative.
It’s not that studying psychology made me a bleeding heart, but that studying psychology gave me a better understanding of how people think and behave.
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Learning about social psychology can make you more liberal. I know this because it is exactly what happened to me.
Appearances can be misleading: Cameron’s comments were anything but casual.
In ruling out a third term, Cameron is sending a strong message to the Conservatives.
With his strong views on industrial relations, Family First senator Bob Day is what we might call a ‘conservative libertarian’.
Few members of the 20th-century political right were more important than Milton Friedman. As an academic, author, television presenter and adviser to Ronald Reagan – who once described his show Free to…
Back after going missing for more than a century: the New Guinea big-eared bat.
More than a century after it was “lost”, the New Guinea big-eared bat has been discovered by Queensland researchers working in Papua New Guinea’s forests. The critically endangered bat was thought to be…
They’ve got their own issues.
Seventy years ago Swedish sociologist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Alva Myrdal pointed out in Nation and Family the generational bias inherent in democratic political systems: young voters will be old…
Green shoots, or cash?
As Conservatives head to Manchester for their annual party conference this weekend, it seems a very long time since David Cameron, then newly-elected party leader, urged the electorate to “Vote Blue, Go…