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A new book expresses concern that the ‘average American’ has base knowledge so low that it is now plummeting to ‘aggressively wrong’. shutterstock

Book review: The Death of Expertise

Tom Nichols' book The Death of Expertise examines why the relationship between experts and citizens in a democracy is collapsing, and what can be done about it.
Scott Morrison talked about the challenges of a nation indifferent to the business of politics. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Australians are increasingly non-partisan: Morrison

Scott Morrison's comments reflect the concern in the government at the difficulty it is finding in cutting through to the electorate.
A government of national unity has served South Africa well before. It should consider forming another after President Jacob Zuma leaves office. Shutterstock

South Africa will need a government of national healing after Zuma leaves

South Africa needs to start thinking about life after President Jacob Zuma. Given the damage that he's done, serious thought should be given to forming a government of national unity.
Electoral posters of a candidate in the upcoming parliamentary elections, in Marseille, France. AP Photo/Claude Paris

Four reasons why the French parliamentary elections matter

Emmanuel Macron may have won the presidential election, but his agenda could fail if his party doesn't get a majority in Parliament.
A woman votes in Zambia. Beyond multi-party systems and regular elections, many countries resemble very little of true democracies. GovernmentZA/Flickr

Democracy is looking sickly across southern Africa

Democracy is in a parlous state in many countries in southern Africa. Autocrats hold onto power, while electorates have little to choose from at the polls.
Russia’s supposed influence on Donald Trump’s election victory did not reveal anything about American democracy that Russians did not already suspect. Reuters

Making sense of Russiagate: what do Russians think?

Russian media both hint toward the Russian regime’s prowess in influencing the US election, while simultaneously treating the accusation as baseless Western propaganda.

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