20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies

Yes, I did watch the funeral this evening – more about that some other time. Meanwhile, this is a fascinating post from Common Dreams. I, for one, find the analysis persuasive and terrifying. I commend it to The Pub’s attention.

A new book by one of the nation’s foremost civil liberties lawyers powerfully describes how America’s constitutional checks and balances are being pushed to the brink by a president who is consciously following Adolf Hitler’s extremist propaganda and policy template from the early 1930s—when the Nazis took power in Germany.

In When at Times the Mob Is Swayed: A Citizen’s Guide to Defending Our Republic, Burt Neuborne mostly focuses on how America’s constitutional foundation in 2019—an unrepresentative Congress, the Electoral College and a right-wing Supreme Court majority—is not positioned to withstand Trump’s extreme polarization and GOP power grabs. However, its second chapter, “Why the Sudden Concern About Fixing the Brakes?,” extensively details Trump’s mimicry of Hitler’s pre-war rhetoric and strategies.

Neuborne doesn’t make this comparison lightly. His 55-year career began by challenging the constitutionality of the Vietnam War in the 1960s. He became the ACLU’s national legal director in the 1980s under Ronald Reagan. He was founding legal director of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School in the 1990s. He has been part of more than 200 Supreme Court cases and Holocaust reparation litigation.

“Why does an ignorant, narcissistic buffoon like Trump trigger such anxiety? Why do so many Americans feel it existentially (not just politically) important to resist our forty-fifth president?” he writes. “Partly it’s just aesthetics. Trump is such a coarse and appalling man that it’s hard to stomach his presence in Abraham Lincoln’s house. But that’s not enough to explain the intensity of my dread. LBJ was coarse. Gerald Ford and George W. Bush were dumb as rocks. Richard Nixon was an anti-Semite. Bill Clinton’s mistreatment of women dishonored his office. Ronald Reagan was a dangerous ideologue. I opposed each of them when they appeared to exceed their constitutional powers. But I never felt a sense of existential dread. I never sensed that the very existence of a tolerant democracy was in play.”

A younger Trump, according to his first wife’s divorce filings, kept and studied a book translating and annotating Adolf Hitler’s pre-World War II speeches in a locked bedside cabinet, Neuborne noted. The English edition of My New Order, published in 1941, also had analyses of the speeches’ impact on his era’s press and politics. “Ugly and appalling as they are, those speeches are masterpieces of demagogic manipulation,” Neuborne says.

“Watching Trump work his crowds, though, I see a dangerously manipulative narcissist unleashing the demagogic spells that he learned from studying Hitler’s speeches—spells that he cannot control and that are capable of eroding the fabric of American democracy,” Neuborne says. “You see, we’ve seen what these rhetorical techniques can do. Much of Trump’s rhetoric—as a candidate and in office—mirrors the strategies, even the language, used by Adolf Hitler in the early 1930s to erode German democracy.”

Many Americans may seize or condemn Neuborne’s analysis, which has more than 20 major points of comparison. The author repeatedly says his goal is not “equating” the men—as “it trivializes Hitler’s obscene crimes to compare them to Trump’s often pathetic foibles.”

Indeed, the book has a larger frame: whether federal checks and balances—Congress, the Supreme Court, the Electoral College—can contain the havoc that Trump thrives on and the Republican Party at large has embraced. But the Trump-Hitler compilation is a stunning warning, because, as many Holocaust survivors have said, few Germans or Europeans expected what unfolded in the years after Hitler amassed power.

Here’s how Neuborne introduces this section. Many recent presidents have been awful, “But then there was Donald Trump, the only president in recent American history to openly despise the twin ideals—individual dignity and fundamental equality—upon which the contemporary United States is built. When you confront the reality of a president like Trump, the state of both sets of brakes—internal [constitutional] and external [public resistance]—become hugely important because Donald Trump’s political train runs on the most potent and dangerous fuel of all: a steady diet of fear, greed, loathing, lies, and envy. It’s a toxic mixture that has destroyed democracies before, and can do so again.

“Give Trump credit,” he continues. “He did his homework well and became the twenty-first-century master of divisive rhetoric. We’re used to thinking of Hitler’s Third Reich as the incomparably evil tyranny that it undoubtedly was. But Hitler didn’t take power by force. He used a set of rhetorical tropes codified in Trump’s bedside reading that persuaded enough Germans to welcome Hitler as a populist leader. The Nazis did not overthrow the Weimar Republic. It fell into their hands as the fruit of Hitler’s satanic ability to mesmerize enough Germans to trade their birthright for a pottage of scapegoating, short-term economic gain, xenophobia, and racism. It could happen here.”

20 Common Themes, Rhetorical Tactics and Dangerous Policies

Here are 20 serious points of comparison between the early Hitler and Trump:

1. Neither was elected by a majority. Trump lost the popular vote by 2.9 million votes, receiving votes by 25.3 percent of all eligible American voters. “That’s just a little less than the percentage of the German electorate that turned to the Nazi Party in 1932–33,” Neuborne writes. “Unlike the low turnouts in the United States, turnout in Weimar Germany averaged just over 80 percent of eligible voters.” He continues, “Once installed as a minority chancellor in January 1933, Hitler set about demonizing his political opponents, and no one—not the vaunted, intellectually brilliant German judiciary; not the respected, well-trained German police; not the revered, aristocratic German military; not the widely admired, efficient German government bureaucracy; not the wealthy, immensely powerful leaders of German industry; and not the powerful center-right political leaders of the Reichstag—mounted a serious effort to stop him.”

2. Both found direct communication channels to their base. By 1936’s Olympics, Nazi narratives dominated German cultural and political life. “How on earth did Hitler pull it off? What satanic magic did Trump find in Hitler’s speeches?” Neuborne asks. He addresses Hitler’s extreme rhetoric soon enough, but notes that Hitler found a direct communication pathway—the Nazi Party gave out radios with only one channel, tuned to Hitler’s voice, bypassing Germany’s news media. Trump has an online equivalent.

“Donald Trump’s tweets, often delivered between midnight and dawn, are the twenty-first century’s technological embodiment of Hitler’s free plastic radios,” Neuborne says. “Trump’s Twitter account, like Hitler’s radios, enables a charismatic leader to establish and maintain a personal, unfiltered line of communication with an adoring political base of about 30–40 percent of the population, many (but not all) of whom are only too willing, even anxious, to swallow Trump’s witches’ brew of falsehoods, half-truths, personal invective, threats, xenophobia, national security scares, religious bigotry, white racism, exploitation of economic insecurity, and a never ending-search for scapegoats.”

3. Both blame others and divide on racial lines. As Neuborne notes, “Hitler used his single-frequency radios to wax hysterical to his adoring base about his pathological racial and religious fantasies glorifying Aryans and demonizing Jews, blaming Jews (among other racial and religious scapegoats) for German society’s ills.” That is comparable to “Trump’s tweets and public statements, whether dealing with black-led demonstrations against police violence, white-led racist mob violence, threats posed by undocumented aliens, immigration policy generally, protests by black and white professional athletes, college admission policies, hate speech, even response to hurricane damage in Puerto Rico,” he says. Again and again, Trump uses “racially tinged messages calculated to divide whites from people of color.”

4. Both relentlessly demonize opponents. “Hitler’s radio harangues demonized his domestic political opponents, calling them parasites, criminals, cockroaches, and various categories of leftist scum,” Neuborne notes. “Trump’s tweets and speeches similarly demonize his political opponents. Trump talks about the country being ‘infested’ with dangerous aliens of color. He fantasizes about jailing Hillary Clinton, calls Mexicans rapists, refers to ‘shithole countries,’ degrades anyone who disagrees with him, and dreams of uprooting thousands of allegedly disloyal bureaucrats in the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the FBI, and the CIA, who he calls ‘the deep state’ and who, he claims, are sabotaging American greatness.”

5. They unceasingly attack objective truth. “Both Trump and Hitler maintained a relentless assault on the very idea of objective truth,” he continues. “Each began the assault by seeking to delegitimize the mainstream press. Hitler quickly coined the epithet Lügenpresse (literally ‘lying press’) to denigrate the mainstream press. Trump uses a paraphrase of Hitler’s lying press epithet—‘fake news’—cribbed, no doubt, from one of Hitler’s speeches. For Trump, the mainstream press is a ‘lying press’ that publishes ‘fake news.’” Hitler attacked his opponents as spreading false information to undermine his positions, Neuborne says, just as Trump has attacked “elites” for disseminating false news, “especially his possible links to the Kremlin.”

6. They relentlessly attack mainstream media. Trump’s assaults on the media echo Hitler’s, Neuborne says, noting that he “repeatedly attacks the ‘failing New York Times,’ leads crowds in chanting ‘CNN sucks,’ [and] is personally hostile to most reporters.” He cites the White House’s refusal to fly the flag at half-mast after the murder of five journalists in Annapolis in June 2018, Trump’s efforts to punish CNN by blocking a merger of its corporate parent, and trying to revoke federal Postal Service contracts held by Amazon, which was founded by Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post.

7. Their attacks on truth include science. Neuborne notes, “Both Trump and Hitler intensified their assault on objective truth by deriding scientific experts, especially academics who question Hitler’s views on race or Trump’s views on climate change, immigration, or economics. For both Trump and Hitler, the goal is (and was) to eviscerate the very idea of objective truth, turning everything into grist for a populist jury subject to manipulation by a master puppeteer. In both Trump’s and Hitler’s worlds, public opinion ultimately defines what is true and what is false.”

8. Their lies blur reality—and supporters spread them. “Trump’s pathological penchant for repeatedly lying about his behavior can only succeed in a world where his supporters feel free to embrace Trump’s ‘alternative facts’ and treat his hyperbolic exaggerations as the gospel truth,” Neuborne says. “Once Hitler had delegitimized the mainstream media by a series of systematic attacks on its integrity, he constructed a fawning alternative mass media designed to reinforce his direct radio messages and enhance his personal power. Trump is following the same path, simultaneously launching bitter attacks on the mainstream press while embracing the so-called alt-right media, co-opting both Sinclair Broadcasting and the Rupert Murdoch–owned Fox Broadcasting Company as, essentially, a Trump Broadcasting Network.”

9. Both orchestrated mass rallies to show status. “Once Hitler had cemented his personal communications link with his base via free radios and a fawning media and had badly eroded the idea of objective truth, he reinforced his emotional bond with his base by holding a series of carefully orchestrated mass meetings dedicated to cementing his status as a charismatic leader, or Führer,” Neuborne writes. “The powerful personal bonds nurtured by Trump’s tweets and Fox’s fawning are also systematically reinforced by periodic, carefully orchestrated mass rallies (even going so far as to co-opt a Boy Scout Jamboree in 2017), reinforcing Trump’s insatiable narcissism and his status as a charismatic leader.”

10. They embrace extreme nationalism. “Hitler’s strident appeals to the base invoked an extreme version of German nationalism, extolling a brilliant German past and promising to restore Germany to its rightful place as a preeminent nation,” Neuborne says. “Trump echoes Hitler’s jingoistic appeal to ultranationalist fervor, extolling American exceptionalism right down to the slogan ‘Make America Great Again,’ a paraphrase of Hitler’s promise to restore German greatness.”

11. Both made closing borders a centerpiece. “Hitler all but closed Germany’s borders, freezing non-Aryan migration into the country and rendering it impossible for Germans to escape without official permission. Like Hitler, Trump has also made closed borders a centerpiece of his administration,” Neuborne continues. “Hitler barred Jews. Trump bars Muslims and seekers of sanctuary from Central America. When the lower courts blocked Trump’s Muslim travel ban, he unilaterally issued executive orders replacing it with a thinly disguised substitute that ultimately narrowly won Supreme Court approval under a theory of extreme deference to the president.”

12. They embraced mass detention and deportations. “Hitler promised to make Germany free from Jews and Slavs. Trump promises to slow, stop, and even reverse the flow of non-white immigrants, substituting Muslims, Africans, Mexicans, and Central Americans of color for Jews and Slavs as scapegoats for the nation’s ills. Trump’s efforts to cast dragnets to arrest undocumented aliens where they work, live, and worship, followed by mass deportation… echo Hitler’s promise to defend Germany’s racial identity,” he writes, also noting that Trump has “stooped to tearing children from their parents [as Nazis in World War II would do] to punish desperate efforts by migrants to find a better life.”

13. Both used borders to protect selected industries. “Like Hitler, Trump seeks to use national borders to protect his favored national interests, threatening to ignite protectionist trade wars with Europe, China, and Japan similar to the trade wars that, in earlier incarnations, helped to ignite World War I and World War II,” Neuborne writes. “Like Hitler, Trump aggressively uses our nation’s political and economic power to favor selected American corporate interests at the expense of foreign competitors and the environment, even at the price of international conflict, massive inefficiency, and irreversible pollution [climate change].”

14. They cemented their rule by enriching elites. “Hitler’s version of fascism shifted immense power—both political and financial—to the leaders of German industry. In fact, Hitler governed Germany largely through corporate executives,” he continues. “Trump has also presided over a massive empowerment—and enrichment—of corporate America. Under Trump, large corporations exercise immense political power while receiving huge economic windfalls and freedom from regulations designed to protect consumers and the labor force.

“Hitler despised the German labor movement, eventually destroying it and imprisoning its leaders. Trump also detests strong unions, seeking to undermine any effort to interfere with the prerogatives of management.”

15. Both rejected international norms. “Hitler’s foreign policy rejected international cooperation in favor of military and economic coercion, culminating in the annexation of the Sudetenland, the phony Hitler-Stalin nonaggression pact, the invasion of Czechoslovakia, and the horrors of global war,” Neuborne notes. “Like Hitler, Trump is deeply hostile to multinational cooperation, withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the nuclear agreement with Iran, threatening to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, abandoning our Kurdish allies in Syria, and even going so far as to question the value of NATO, our post-World War II military alliance with European democracies against Soviet expansionism.”

16. They attack domestic democratic processes. “Hitler attacked the legitimacy of democracy itself, purging the voting rolls, challenging the integrity of the electoral process, and questioning the ability of democratic government to solve Germany’s problems,” Neuborne notes. “Trump has also attacked the democratic process, declining to agree to be bound by the outcome of the 2016 elections when he thought he might lose, supporting the massive purge of the voting rolls allegedly designed to avoid (nonexistent) fraud, championing measures that make it harder to vote, tolerating—if not fomenting—massive Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, encouraging mob violence at rallies, darkly hinting at violence if Democrats hold power, and constantly casting doubt on the legitimacy of elections unless he wins.”

17. Both attack the judiciary and rule of law. “Hitler politicized and eventually destroyed the vaunted German justice system. Trump also seeks to turn the American justice system into his personal playground,” Neuborne writes. “Like Hitler, Trump threatens the judicially enforced rule of law, bitterly attacking American judges who rule against him, slyly praising Andrew Jackson for defying the Supreme Court, and abusing the pardon power by pardoning an Arizona sheriff found guilty of criminal contempt of court for disobeying federal court orders to cease violating the Constitution.”

18. Both glorify the military and demand loyalty oaths. “Like Hitler, Trump glorifies the military, staffing his administration with layers of retired generals (who eventually were fired or resigned), relaxing control over the use of lethal force by the military and the police, and demanding a massive increase in military spending,” Neuborne writes. Just as Hitler “imposed an oath of personal loyalty on all German judges” and demanded courts defer to him, “Trump’s already gotten enough deference from five Republican [Supreme Court] justices to uphold a largely Muslim travel ban that is the epitome of racial and religious bigotry.”

Trump has also demanded loyalty oaths. “He fired James Comey, a Republican appointed in 2013 as FBI director by President Obama, for refusing to swear an oath of personal loyalty to the president; excoriated and then sacked Jeff Sessions, his handpicked attorney general, for failing to suppress the criminal investigation into… Trump’s possible collusion with Russia in influencing the 2016 elections; repeatedly threatened to dismiss Robert Mueller, the special counsel carrying out the investigation; and called again and again for the jailing of Hillary Clinton, his 2016 opponent, leading crowds in chants of ‘lock her up.’” A new chant, “send her back,” has since emerged at Trump rallies directed at non-white Democratic congresswomen.

19. They proclaim unchecked power. “Like Hitler, Trump has intensified a disturbing trend that predated his administration of governing unilaterally, largely through executive orders or proclamations,” Neuborne says, citing the Muslim travel ban, trade tariffs, unraveling of health and environmental safety nets, ban on transgender military service, and efforts to end President Obama’s protection for Dreamers. “Like Hitler, Trump claims the power to overrule Congress and govern all by himself. In 1933, Hitler used the pretext of the Reichstag fire to declare a national emergency and seize the power to govern unilaterally. The German judiciary did nothing to stop him. German democracy never recovered.”

“When Congress refused to give Trump funds for his border wall even after he threw a tantrum and shut down the government, Trump, like Hitler, declared a phony national emergency and claimed the power to ignore Congress,” Neuborne continues. “Don’t count on the Supreme Court to stop him. Five justices gave the game away on the President’s unilateral travel ban. They just might do the same thing on the border wall.” It did in late July, ruling that Trump could divert congressionally appropriated funds from the Pentagon budget—undermining constitutional separation of powers.

20. Both relegate women to subordinate roles. “Finally,” writes Neuborne, “Hitler propounded a misogynistic, stereotypical view of women, valuing them exclusively as wives and mothers while excluding them from full participation in German political and economic life. Trump may be the most openly misogynist figure ever to hold high public office in the United States, crassly treating women as sexual objects, using nondisclosure agreements and violating campaign finance laws to shield his sexual misbehavior from public knowledge, attacking women who come forward to accuse men of abusive behavior, undermining reproductive freedom, and opposing efforts by women to achieve economic equality.”

Whither Constitutional Checks and Balances?

Most of Neuborne’s book is not centered on Trump’s fealty to Hitler’s methods and early policies. He notes, as many commentators have, that Trump is following the well-known contours of authoritarian populists and dictators: “there’s always a charismatic leader, a disaffected mass, an adroit use of communications media, economic insecurity, racial or religious fault lines, xenophobia, a turn to violence, and a search for scapegoats.”

The bigger problem, and the subject of most of the book, is that the federal architecture intended to be a check and balance against tyrants, is not poised to act. Congressional representation is fundamentally anti-democratic. In the Senate, politicians representing 18 percent of the national population—epicenters of Trump’s base—can cast 51 percent of the chamber’s votes. A Republican majority from rural states, representing barely 40 percent of the population, controls the chamber. It repeatedly thwarts legislation reflecting multicultural America’s values—and creates a brick wall for impeachment.

The House of Representatives is not much better. Until 2018, this decade’s GOP-majority House, a product of 2011’s extreme Republican gerrymanders, was also unrepresentative of the nation’s demographics. That bias still exists in the Electoral College, as the size of a state’s congressional delegation equals its allocation of votes. That formula is fair as far as House members go, but allocating votes based on two senators per state hurts urban America. Consider that California’s population is 65 times larger than Wyoming’s.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court’s majority remains in the hands of justices appointed by Republican presidents—and favors that party’s agenda. Most Americans are unaware that the court’s partisan majority has only changed twice since the Civil War—in 1937, when a Democratic-appointed majority took over, and in 1972, when a Republican-appointed majority took over. Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s blocking of President Obama’s final nominee thwarted a twice-a-century change. Today’s hijacked Supreme Court majority has only just begun deferring to Trump’s agenda.

Neuborne wants to be optimistic that a wave of state-based resistance, call it progressive federalism, could blunt Trump’s power grabs and help the country return to a system embracing, rather than demonizing, individual dignity and fundamental equality. But he predicts that many Americans who supported Trump in 2016 (largely, he suggests, because their plights have been overlooked for many years by federal power centers and by America’s capitalist hubs) won’t desert Trump—not while he’s in power.

“When tyrants like Hitler are ultimately overthrown, their mass support vanishes retroactively—everyone turns out to have been in the resistance—but the mass support was undeniably there,” he writes. “There will, of course, be American quislings who will enthusiastically support an American tyrant. There always are—everywhere.”

Ultimately, Neuborne doesn’t expect there will be a “constitutional mechanic in the sky ready to swoop down and save American democracy from Donald Trump at the head of a populist mob.” Whatever Trump thinks he is or isn’t doing, his rhetorical and strategic role model—the early Hitler—is what makes Trump and today’s GOP so dangerous.

“Even if all that Trump is doing is marching to that populist drum, he is unleashing forces that imperil the fragile fabric of a multicultural democracy,” Neuborne writes. “But I think there’s more. The parallels—especially the links between Lügenpresse and ‘fake news,’ and promises to restore German greatness and ‘Make America Great Again’—are just too close to be coincidental. I’m pretty sure that Trump’s bedside study of Hitler’s speeches—especially the use of personal invective, white racism, and xenophobia—has shaped the way Trump seeks to gain political power in our time. I don’t for a moment believe that Trump admires what Hitler eventually did with his power [genocide], but he damn well admires—and is successfully copying—the way that Hitler got it.”

Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

Steven Rosenfeld


Steven Rosenfeld is a senior writing fellow and the editor and chief correspondent of Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He is a national political reporter focusing on democracy issues. He has reported for nationwide public radio networks, websites, and newspapers and produced talk radio and music podcasts. He has written five books, including profiles of campaigns, voter suppression, voting rights guides, and a WWII survival story currently being made into a film. His latest book is Democracy Betrayed: How Superdelegates, Redistricting, Party Insiders, and the Electoral College Rigged the 2016 Election (Hot Books, March 2018).

413 thoughts on “20 Ways Trump Is Copying Hitler’s Early Rhetoric and Policies

  1. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Sarah Martin takes us through the latest Essential poll findings. It was all about the monarchy.
    Russia is struggling to annexe Ukraine, but Peter Hartcher reckons China is annexing Russia pretty effortlessly.
    James Massola reports that the Liberal Party will hold off on releasing its federal post-election review until after the Victorian state election in November, in a move designed to avoid any potentially damaging public revelations before the poll.
    It appears our Reserve Bank governor is warming to his new role as the nation’s bad-news-deliverer-in-chief, write Jess Irvine who wonders if Philip Lowe is right to say our taxes might have to rise.
    David Crowe tells us that Australia will join the world’s biggest economies in putting a price cap on Russian oil in a bid to escalate financial pressure on Vladimir Putin while his army suffers a series of setbacks in eastern Ukraine.
    Crispin Hull argues that Queen Elizabeth’s death and the Scott Morrison scandal should makes us question the roles of monarchy and the governor-general, a position he sees as superfluous.
    Aged care provider Chris Mamarelis correctly writes, “The federal government has mandated that residential aged-care homes provide 200 care minutes per resident a day, but on what basis does a predetermined allocation of time equate to better care? A life well lived in an aged-care home is based first and foremost on relationships, specifically the relationships forged between residents, their families and loved ones and the people providing care along with the myriad support roles in our homes.” An excellent contribution!
    The Australian government is facing a massive class action – predicted to be on the same scale as the robodebt debacle – for the alleged unlawful exclusion of over 65s from the national disability insurance scheme. Paul Karp tells us that the case, proposed by Mitry lawyers, could see the commonwealth on the hook for an estimated $800m a year for denying support to seriously and permanently disabled people based on their age.
    Roger Beade says that he damages could be huge.
    The budget expense, personnel requirements, and leadership attention of the upcoming nuclear-powered submarine program are expected to be so great, there are fears it could harm other areas of Defence’s national security remit, writes Harley Dennett who says there is an argument to taking the entire nuclear submarine enterprise out of the Defence organisation.
    Michael Pascoe says that Queensland is showing the way by moving against cross-border land tax minimisers.
    Immunologist Peter McIntyre says that the focus should now be on boosting COVID immunity, not avoiding infection.
    As Queen Elizabeth is laid to rest, only one living person remains who can match her for length of service at the head of a family firm. And while Rupert Murdoch’s publications have caused the royal family plenty of grief, there are many similarities between him and the late monarch, as Crikey founder Stephen Mayne reports.
    Queen Elizabeth II is dead and ‘the Palace’ is working assiduously to shore up her legacy and the institution of Monarchy. Polls show they are winning the hearts and minds in a propaganda war, with the mass media complicit in its hyperbolic, adulatory, blanket coverage. Debates about the Monarchy are cancelled, demonstrators in the UK moved on by police, politicians universally agreeing it is not the time to question what the Monarchy represents. ‘Tomorrow is another day’ as Scarlett O’Hara famously said. Meanwhile the Queen’s persona is emerging as heroic and mythical, writes Patricia Edgar.
    Another article on the Defence Strategic Review where Mike Scrafton says that the US Taiwan Policy Act would be a game-changing act of provocation.
    The rise in global slavery demands business examine supply chains, write lawyers Nathan Kennedy and Meg Lee.
    He’s slight of stature but enormously engaging, funny and charismatic. One only has to be in his presence for a short time to see why his leadership has been central to Ukraine’s efforts in this war, writes Mick Ryan who met the man.
    “Why doesn’t One Nation go back to where it came from?”, asks the AIMN’s Rossleigh.
    The Conversation tells us about three ways ‘bossware’ surveillance technology is turning back the management clock.
    US President Joe Biden once again said on Monday morning AEST that the United States would defend Taiwan if China attacked. The comments overturn decades of strategic ambiguity towards the defence of Taiwan and threaten to draw Australia into another future conflict, writes Eryk Bagshaw.
    Italian politics has been in trouble for decades, and now it’s heading for a new low, writes Jamie Mackay.
    Donald Trump made one of his highest-profile embraces to date of the extremist conspiracy group QAnon at a political rally in Ohio on Saturday, making the apparently deliberate choice to play music that is virtually indistinguishable from the cult organization’s adopted anthem. This is all heading in a bad direction!

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope

    David Rowe

    Cathy Wilcox

    John Shakespeare

    Andrew Dyson

    Fiona Katauskas

    Glen Le Lievre

    Mark Knight


    From the US

  2. A pretty meh list that follows a formula I’ve seen used eleventy times in these ‘Why X is just like Hitler/Nazi’ lists. Most of the list is pretty basic SOP for politicians. Trump was appalling , I don’t think there is a need to go reductio ad Hitlerum in arguing that he was and is.

    The author should have addressed why in a country that claims to be the ‘exceptional nation’ to be the ‘indispensable nation’ its political system keeps failing to produce leaders/candidates commensurate with those claims.

    Personally I think voters over past few decades have been given good cause from both Democrats and Republicans to want to say GAGF to the ‘political establishment’. Trump was a GAGF. The author may have liked to address that as there he might have found some ‘Hitlerum’. Things like the connection between fascism and ‘big business’ and the monied class and looked at the oligarchic nature of the US of A today.

    Then he may like to address the US of A as it stands when it comes to what the late great JK Galbraith pointed out regarding the post WWII set up, especially when it came to ‘Welfare’*. It was set up so as to prevent the masses falling into poverty. Why ? Surprisingly the aim was to protect the ‘elites’, as JK called them, rather than the peasants. They saw that with poverty people became receptive to the voices of the extreme, be it left or right, hello Adolph etc .The end result of that was the mass destruction of the elite’s wealth across Europe. Total in the East.

    The direction of policies from both Democrat and Republican has had me wondering for a very long time if and when the US of A would start to bear out JK’s point as both parties seem to have forgotten the why of it. So for me Trump is not a surprise or a ‘causation’, he is a symptom of an unwell political system. The author needs to address that rather than argue it is all because of some ‘aberration’.

    * JK ‘was there’ when it was being planned/discussed in the post war washup.

    • It is not so much, for me, that Trump used Hitler’s methods, but that he actively studied his speeches and communication methods. This was a deliberate action and Trump modelled himself on one of the 20th Century’s most vile fascist genocidal murderers. Trump did not happen to ape Hitler, Trump studied Hitler.

      Trump is a Kim Jong fanboy as well as hero-worshipping Putin.

      Have we been too complacent in allowing such as Trump to gain popular support and take power? This is a man who could have been stopped in his tracks by the firm, fair application of the laws of the USA, in my opinion. At what point did corruption, brown paper babs, the promise of deals or position allow Trump’s behaviour to go unchallenged.

      Where was the media? Where was the Murdoch press which bleats about Conservative and Capitalist values but did not put the attention fair and square on a man who was corrupting both to the detriment of conservatives and those trying to make a profit in a capitalist system where competition rules all and someone was gaming it?

      Where were our institutions when we needed them, out to a free lunch?

  3. Then of course number 6.
    6. They relentlessly attack mainstream media.
    In the case of the US that is a real 😆 😆 😆 😆 considering how awful their MSM is.

  4. “Immunologist Peter McIntyre says that the focus should now be on boosting COVID immunity, not avoiding infection.”

    Just how does he plan to boost immunity to a virus that is constantly mutating and can cause multiple reinfections, each time adding to the likelihood of Long Covid and increasing the chances of a fatal stroke or heart attack?

    Even mild COVID raises the chance of heart attack and stroke. What to know about the risks ahead

  5. It’d be too long for an article like that, but you could build a good list of old UK dystopian novels, movies and TV shows that threw in a reference to a King Charles to show its *the near future.* Sometimes as a character, but often just passing reference or picture on a wall.

  6. I don’t care about Fucking Trump.! I want to read here, at what was once my favorite site, about what is happening to my own political body which is currently attached to the United Kingdom. Australian Republican I may be, but I do have respect to for a monarch who has done a good job and strongly impacted opinions in our country here. I’ll go elsewhere to read more about those views where some deference to the significance of her passing to us all is acknowledged.

    • I did write a post about HM Queen Elizabeth’s passing. I am going to write about the implications for Australia but I did not want to do that until after Her funeral, as I thought it undignified.

      And we welcome submissions for posts by Pubsters to start discussions. Just send email to a Moderator or let us know in the comments and we will look at it for publishing. This is all done on a voluntary basis and we welcome requests for topics, ideas and also written submissions.

      At the moment I am behind in my university essay for half-semester so I am not sure when I can do another post. My apologies.

  7. There is plenty to work with on that topic. An earlier piece by Monbiot

    In his book Late Victorian Holocausts, published in 2001, Mike Davis tells the story of the famines which killed between 12 and 29 million Indians(1). These people were, he demonstrates, murdered by British state policy*………………Within the labour camps, the workers were given less food than the inmates of Buchenwald. In 1877, monthly mortality in the camps equated to an annual death rate of 94%.

    As millions died, the imperial government launched “a militarized campaign to collect the tax arrears accumulated during the drought.”


    Not long before Queen Victoria died William Digby wrote “When the part played by the British Empire in the 19th century is regarded by the historian 50 years hence, the unnecessary deaths of millions of Indians would be its principal and most notorious monument.” **. Something that reinforces as comment I saw ages ago that Hitler and the nazis ‘saved’ the UK. Saved them from a reckoning of the crimes against humanity like that Indian famine. Hitler rather then the British Empire became a symbol of evil.
    *In the teeth of a drought Lord Lytton enforced the export of a record quantity of wheat. As people started dying in their thousands he continued to empty warehouses of food and exported it. There was no relief apart from labor camps, those that were too weak to work were not fed and so of course died of starvation. How ‘Eichmann’ of them.
    ** Which shows even in ‘”Victorian” times people knew about it and that it was a massive wrongdoing.

  8. WA being the ‘trend setter’ . Next Monday is our freshly rebadged holiday, the ‘King’s Birthday’ long weekend. With Thursday being a ‘day of mourning’ for Liz I foresee some bigly bigly absenteeism on Friday.

    • Why ugly, KK? I would hope these absences if they do happen could be candidly explained as honest objections from Australians who now intend to push in appropriate ways for their country to grow up to full independence, as others have, though still within the Commonwealth. We have been reassured by HM the King that he intends to be guided, as all good sons are (hmmph!) very much by ‘what his mother taught him!’ Nor do I think the sort of fresh greener approach which seems to color his general thinking is likely to take him on a sharp turn to the right on Australia. HM the Queen made quite clear her understanding that many Australians want more independence from London. She seemed very comfortable with the strong republican feeling here and said that it was up to us to decide who should be our Australian head of state.

  9. Seth Meyers –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

    Chris Hayes –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

    Lawrence O’Donnell –

  10. Gosh, who would ever have guessed privatising public services would see this shit happen to the services ?
    ‘Abject failure’: Push to end bus privatisations

    ………….. privatisation of public transport with a stark decline in service quality and higher costs for commuters.

    The NSW Legislative Council report, released on Tuesday, found privatisation of Sydney’s bus network had incentivised cost-cutting, which unfairly impacted vulnerable people.

  11. Tears before bedtime, methinks

    Scott Morrison’s secretive cabinet committee of one permanent member appears to have met hundreds of times in the last term of parliament, documents released under freedom of information have revealed.

    The cabinet office policy committee (COPC) – of which Morrison was listed as the only permanent member – created 739 sets of minutes from meetings, the information released by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PMC) showed.

    It has sparked fresh warnings from the former senator Rex Patrick that the body was an “abuse of process”, and prompted calls to release its documents, or to expand the inquiry into Morrison’s multiple ministries, as proposed by the Greens.

    But Anthony Albanese’s criticism of the “cabinet committee with one member on it” has spurred a response from Morrison – who has claimed through a spokesperson the deputy prime minister, treasurer and finance minister “were co-opted on to all meetings of any COPC [that is] an automatic participation”.


  12. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Rachel Clun writes that Jim Chalmers has warned Australia must prepare itself for a robust discussion about how to fund future government spending as he revealed next month’s budget will be constrained to “bread and butter” spending amid rising cost-of-living pressures and slowing economic growth.
    Phil Coorey tells us why Chalmers tried not to look happy about a $50b budget improvement.
    James Robertson says that the axe is hanging over Morrison’s legacy as the government gets serious before the budget.
    Scott Morrison’s secretive cabinet committee of one permanent member appears to have met hundreds of times in the last term of parliament, documents released under freedom of information have revealed. Paul Karp tells us that the cabinet office policy committee– of which Morrison was listed as the only permanent member – created 739 sets of minutes from meetings, the information released by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet showed.
    Farrah Tomazin reports that, speaking in the US, Chris Bowen has declared “Australia is back” when it comes to climate change, telling world allies the nation could be a renewables powerhouse now that it’s no longer consumed by domestic debates over global warming.
    Jacob Greber writes that the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has told the Albanese government to avoid giving trade-exposed carbon polluters a leave pass from proposed emissions reduction rules, saying exemptions would increase the burden on other firms.
    David Crowe tells us that a federal bid to cut the price of electric vehicles has sparked a political clash about whether buyers of plug-in hybrid cars deserve any of the benefits, forcing a Senate vote that could scale back the scheme and save $1 billion over a decade.
    The Albanese government will set up an inquiry into the increasing cost of child care, which will start in January and run for a year. Michelle Grattan points out that childcare costs have risen by 41% over the last eight years.
    Slowly – but sooner than you may think – this country, so proud to be a nation of home owners, is turning into a nation of renters, writes Ross Gittins.
    Some of Australia’s biggest superannuation funds have told Treasurer Jim Chalmers they are excited about possible investments in affordable housing, despite publicly expressing concerns about miserly returns and economies of scale from federal Labor’s plans, reports Tom McIlroy.
    According to James Massola, NDIS Minister Bill Shorten has announced a new oversight committee to “blitz” the backlog of thousands of legal appeals over disability services funding packages.
    Rachel Clun looks at how negotiations are going with the Australia-EU trade deal now that climate change issues have been dealt with.
    “If we tried to plan a less fair school system, we couldn’t have done a better job”, says Chris Bonnor.
    Tracy-Ann Palmer describes the barriers facing science teachers in Australia. It’s not a pretty picture she paints!
    The Strengthening Medicare Taskforce must set aside the tired, unhelpful trope that care is about choosing between a GP, or a pharmacist, or a nurse. Health care professionals are complementary to each other and provide better care working as a team, declare Ken Griffin and Mary Chiarella.
    The first verdict on Anthony Albanese since the death of Queen Elizabeth shows the prime minister was right to exercise caution and care with every step in the protocol to mark the transition to King Charles. David Crowe writes that Albanese did not want to rush into a debate on the republic and nor did most Australians. He captured the national mood by saying now was not the time for that discussion.
    Jack Waterford details how the republican Albanese became imprisoned by royal protocol and constitutional custom.
    If Australia is going to farewell the monarchy for good, let’s not be humble in our republican ambitions, urges Peter Lewis.
    Julia Naughton writes about what sort of king Charles will be. She says he’s already given us some clues.
    Historian Jenny Hocking writes about the incautious, entitled, ‘meddling’ King Charles III of Australia, and wonders if he can he stay out of politics.
    Britain’s Monarchy is holding Australia back from reaching its full potential as a progressive nation, writes James Fitzgerald.
    Liam Mannix wonders if the pandemic is really over and how various groups are being affected.
    When it was revealed that former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had not only shown contempt for his own government in secretly appointing himself, via the Governor-General’s approval, to five portfolios, but the depths of deception also seemed to be boundless. His tenure had already been marked by a spectacular, habitual tendency to conceal matters. “What else would come out?”, wonders Binoy Kampmark.
    With more on the Defence Strategic Review, Mike Scrafton says that pop psychology and Game of Thrones is driving the fear of war.
    Looking at the economics of war Paul Krugman explains what Ukraine needs from us now.
    A Texas county sheriff is opening a criminal investigation into flights that carried dozens of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, from Texas last week, an act that Florida’s Republican governor took credit for and which the White House dubbed a political stunt. He’s sticking his neck out down there!
    John Lord begins this contribution about the remarkable advance in right-wing authoritarian governments around the world with, “The stench of Donald Trump’s presidency still lingers around the United States of America, dispersing itself on the populous with a dulling effect. It is a rotten rancid odour that inhabits not only the United States but also the world.”
    Donald Trump’s legal team has acknowledged the possibility that the former president could be indicted amid the investigation into his retention of government secrets at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Despite Trump’s claiming days earlier that he couldn’t imagine being charged, his lawyers made the stark admission that he could be in a court filing on Monday proposing how to conduct an outside review of documents that were seized by the FBI in August.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope

    Simon Letch

    Andrew Dyson

    John Shakespeare

    Cathy Wilcox

    Fiona Katauskas

    Peter Broelman

    Mark Knight

    David Rowe


    From the US

  13. A plea

    Can thread starters be kept to under 200 words so I can read this site on my mobile phone
    This thread starter should have been first comment and the last comment on previous thread should have been thread starter

  14. Defence minister affirms need for long-range nuclear submarines despite expense
    Australia faces a looming capability gap as our ageing fleet of Collins-class submarines are retired and before a new fleet of still-hypothetical nuclear submarines is delivered.

    The deputy prime minister and minister for defence, Richard Marles, is speaking to ABC Radio. He says the government doesn’t yet have an answer on the total cost of a new fleet of nuclear submarines but “we do know it’s going to be more expensive.”

    However, he said the state of global affairs means “what we do need is a highly capable long-range submarine”.

    As for the safety side of nuclear subs, Marles says the government is “pleased” the international atomic agency (IAEA) is satisfied for now, that Australia can operate nuclear submarines without violating commitments but says he “want[s] to make clear this is early days.”


    What idiot made Richard Marles Minister for Defence? We need someone who will stand up to the defence chiefs not someone who will roll over for a tummy rub.

    Marles is being a good boy and doing whatever those warmongers tell him. Does Australia need nuclear submarines? NO!!!

  15. Biden say the pandemic is over.


    Not with the new Omicron variant BA 2.75.2 appearing across the world, even in Australia. This variant is able to dodge existing vaccines and boosters.

    Read this thread –

  16. Robert Reich on billionaires

  17. Thank you for the feedback everyone, on the blog. The only way to improve is to tell us what you want.

    Remember that we are all amateurs at this blogging stuff and rely on volunteers to submit thread starters, stories and even poems to continue. I am sure you do not want to read my stuff all the time.

    It is a pub, where you can discuss politics, current affairs, society, history, culture, economics, science, etc or your own stories in relation to these. The parameters are broad, just like having a seat at the bar or on the settees or you are standing around the barbeque.

    Send us an idea if you want to contribute and need help or have a thread-srarter for The Pub. We can edit for you as well.

  18. I have had cause recently to read a number of publications from the 1990s. Especially those that relate to their vision of the then new unipolar world. Interesting to read their aims and verbotens and how things have played out. More on that another time.This article from the US Army War College was not remarkable but the highlighted bit really leapt out !!!! They said the quiet bit out loud when it came to what the ‘elites’ thought of the ‘working Joe’. This attitude to the ‘blue collars’ was played out in spades under and by Bill Clinton. They were shat on from a great height.
    Constant Conflict
    …………………………………….These noncompetitive cultures, such as that of Arabo-Persian Islam or the rejectionist segment of our own population, are enraged. Their cultures are under assault; their cherished values have proven dysfunctional, and the successful move on without them. The laid-off blue-collar worker in America and the Taliban militiaman in Afghanistan are brothers in suffering.


  19. Phil Coorey – dumber than a box of extra-stupid rocks.

  20. Why do our governments insist on locking people in off-shore hell-holes? Don’t we need workers?

  21. On the Covid front…..The rush to have a ‘normal’ Xmas last year in some States had a price tag. This is a chart of Excess mortality: Deaths from all causes compared to projection based on previous years . Check out the ‘Mt Everest’ spike for Australia a few weeks later. Up until then we might even have had less deaths over all than expected. I wonder why they have no data points after May though ?


  22. Methodology used by federal government to implement Covidsafe app, Workforce Australia, MyGov

    Robodebt works as designed

  23. Like wipe out man.

    Australia’s central bank on Wednesday said its equity had been wiped out by losses suffered on pandemic-era bond buying,

    Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Deputy Governor Michele Bullock said the bank had taken a mark-to-market valuation loss on its bond holdings of A$44.9 billion ($30.02 billion) in 2021/22.


  24. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    Sumeyya Ilanbay writes that Daniel Andrews is on track for another crushing election victory with a survey showing voters will abandon the Liberal Party fearing a change of government in the face of a crumbling healthcare system and skyrocketing living costs. Danslide 2?
    Phil Coorey writes that Finance Minister Katy Gallagher has been forced to emphasise that the budget remains mired in deficit, as she faces calls for more spending prompted by revelations of a $50 billion windfall. NEWSFLASH! It’s been in structural deficit since 2007 since Howard and Costello panicked.
    The treasurer needs to start a serious and genuinely upfront national conversation about the underlying structural budget deficit challenges Australians must confront, says the AFR’s editorial that wonders if the budget strategy will add up to higher taxes.
    The Albanese government is playing with fire by expanding multi-employer bargaining and potentially increasing strike rights, says the AFR’s John Kehoe.
    Workers did not cause Australia’s inflation woes. But they will be the ones who sacrifice the most, argues Greg Jericho who paints a dismal picture.
    Former deputy prime ministers Barnaby Joyce and Michael McCormack did not always know if the “deep dive” policy meetings they attended were actually meetings of Scott Morrison’s secretive cabinet subcommittee. McCormack told Guardian Australia it was a “regular process” to have stakeholders including outer ministry colleagues, officials and “captains of industry” attend meetings in the cabinet room.
    Nick McKenzie reports that a former Australian special forces soldier who allegedly confessed to executing an Afghan prisoner in October 2012 is now the target of a major war crimes inquiry, and was stopped at the airport where his phone was seized on return from an overseas trip in April.
    Shane Wright tells us that analysts are increasingly concerned the Reserve Bank’s interest rate rises will hit vulnerable home buyers and drag down the economy next year.
    New South Wales will seek an exemption from its obligations to deliver the final stage of the Murray-Darling Basin plan, a move that could leave the environment short-changed millions of litres of water. NSW will not meet a June 2024 deadline to deliver the last 25% of water savings of the plan, to be achieved through water-saving projects. It is also behind on other key elements of the plan, explains Anne Davies.
    Access to affordable housing is no longer available to many. If we don’t act now, this injustice will spill over into something darker, warns Margot Saville.
    While much has been discussed about electing an Australian president, more consideration is required before moving forward as a republic, writes Professor John Quiggin.
    NSW Labor frontbencher Tania Mihailuk’s late-night attack on Canterbury-Bankstown mayor Khal Asfour has resurrected years-old corruption woes within the party less than six months from the next state election.
    The SMH editorial says Ayres cannot dodge responsibility for his role in the Barilaro affair.
    A whistleblower who exposed lax money laundering compliance in NSW poker machine venues will spend the last months of his life defending a legal action brought by ClubsNSW, writes Harriett Alexander.
    Nick McKenzie reports that a former Australian special forces soldier who allegedly confessed to executing an Afghan prisoner in October 2012 is now the target of a major war crimes inquiry, and was stopped at the airport where his phone was seized on return from an overseas trip in April.
    Michaela Whitbourn and David Estcourt tell us that Crikey says it will seek to rely on new provisions in NSW defamation law, including a serious harm test and public interest defence in its fight with Murdoch.
    Stephen Bartholomeusz explains how the risks in riskier debt are rising. He says, “Since the financial crisis, the central bankers have kept the tides from flowing out. That has now changed, and we may see over the next year or so who’s been exposed by the sea change in credit conditions. It may not be a pretty sight.”
    Prince William has cited his grandmother as he urged people to remain resolute about tackling climate change, saying it was an objective the Queen would have wanted. Latika Bourke reports that, in his first official engagement since the burial of Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on Monday, the Prince of Wales conceded the fight against climate change wasn’t an easy one.
    There’s a huge surge in solar production under way – and Australia could show the world how to use it, urges Professor Andrew Blakers.
    The Australian Energy Market Operator is not the right organisation to be conducting the dramatic overhaul required for the economy, writes Zacharias Szumer.
    Lucy Kane believes that America’s dysfunctional political system is enough to turn some Australians off a republic.
    Jake Niall opines that if allegations are proven, Clarkson’s and Fagan’s coaching positions are untenable.
    Allegations from former Indigenous players at Hawthorn that former senior staff at the AFL club separated them from their families and demanded pregnancy terminations for their partners are echoes of the devastating racist policies that stain the history of Australia’s treatment of First Nations people, opines the Age’s editorial.
    The AFL have had plenty of warning signs that issues surrounding Indigenous people were not being properly considered, yet little has been done to ensure Indigenous people have a real voice in the game, writes former Geelong player Matthew Stokes who says Goyder and McLachlan need to take responsibility.
    The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 0.75 percentage point for a third straight time, lowered its economic forecast for the US and increased its expectations for higher inflation and unemployment. The Dow is down 500 points.
    More on the Defence Strategic Review. This time Mack Williams wonders if we’ll see a rehash of US influenced orthodoxy.
    Vladimir Putin has doubled down on war. Greg Sheridan writes that the humiliated dictator, who normally projects macho swagger and extravagant braggadocio, has been out-fought, out-manoeuvred and out-thought by his Ukrainian enemies.
    Farrah Tomazin reports that Joe Biden has delivered a stinging rebuke of Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine, telling global leaders that Vladimir Putin’s actions – including his latest threat to unleash nuclear weapons – should make the world’s “blood run cold”.
    The attorney general of New York state has filed a civil fraud lawsuit against Donald Trump and three of his children involved in the family real-estate business, for falsely inflating his net worth by billions in order to enrich himself and secure favourable loans. Announcing the suit in New York on Wednesday, Letitia James also said referrals had been made to federal prosecutors and the Internal Revenue Service – a move sure to anger the former US president and increase consternation among his inner circle about the depth of his legal predicament.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope – powerful!

    Cathy Wilcox

    John Shakespeare

    Andrew Dyson

    Fiona Katauskas

    Mark David

    Glen Le Lievre

    Mark Knight


    From the US

  25. Kevin with some discussion of the Resove VIC poll (open one of his tweets in a freash tab to see the whole thread).

  26. Amy in full snark

    Melissa Doyle is hosting this thing.

    Anthony Callea just gave a rousing rendition of the national anthem, complete with Idol high flourishes, which most of the crowd struggled to mime to.

    It is exactly what the Queen would have wanted et al


    She’s got “this thing” exactly right, IMO.

  27. Seth Meyers –

    Stephen Colbert –

    Chris Hayes –

    Brian Tyler Cohen –

    Lawrence O’Donnell –

    Jimmy Kimmel –

  28. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

    David Crowe says that the secret decisions to install Scott Morrison in five extra ministries turn out to be examples of hidden paperwork used elsewhere in his government – with great reward to Liberal mates – when his time as prime minister was drawing to a close. Crowe refers to the doubts being raised about the then attorney-general, Michaelia Cash, appearing to have appointed 26 people to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in a classic “stack” of friendly faces to an institution that hears complaints on everything from welfare payments to visa approvals and – here’s an irony – access to information.
    A scathing audit report on the federal digital agency’s handling of contracts has brought it under the close watch of Finance Minister Katy Gallagher. Doug Dingwall reports that Senator Gallagher, who oversees the Digital Transformation Agency’s new portfolio, said yesterday that she took the matters raised by the national audit office report seriously.
    Shane Wright tells us about the five black holes in the federal budget. He says the health system, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), aged care, defence and the interest bill on government debt shape as battlegrounds in the budget repair war.
    If the Albanese government is going to hit us hard to cover the structural deficit, it is equally important for it not to waste our money, writes Phil Coorey who thinks the October budget will be a softening-up exercise.
    “Can Jim Chalmers become a reforming treasurer?”, asks Michelle Grattan.
    A reverse currency war is in full flow, with monetary authorities across the world now ditching their standard quarter-point increases in favour of 50, 75 and even 100 basis point moves in order to stem dollar declines, explains Claire Jones.
    Nick Bonyhady reports that hackers have breached Optus’ systems in one of the largest cyberattacks in Australian history, accessing names, dates of birth, phone numbers, email addresses, physical addresses and driver’s licence numbers of millions of the telecommunications giant’s customers.
    Every time an advertiser pays YouTube or Facebook or Twitter to place an ad in your feed, your data is the selling point. And if you pay a subscription fee to avoid the ads, your data is still being used. Big Tech wins either way, but it’s your data, writes cyber security expert Manal al-Sharif.
    Dana Daniel writes that premiers and chief ministers will raise hospital inflation costs when they meet Anthony Albanese for national cabinet on September 30 and demand that he abolish the 6.5 per cent annual cap on the rise in hospital costs, which limits the Commonwealth increase to about $2 billion a year.
    According to Clancy Yeates, senior business bankers at the Commonwealth Bank and National Australia Bank say the economy can pull off a soft landing despite rising interest rates crimping household spending, amid a boom in lending to small and medium firms.
    Alexandra Smith says that Labor’s preselection turf war is handing Perrottet a political gift.
    The SMH editorial accuses ClubsNSW of losing its moral compass over pokies.
    Now we are told Victoria will struggle to meet its obligations under the $13bn Murray-Darling Basin plan by the legislated deadline and could join New South Wales in pushing for concessions when ministers meet in October.
    Industrial action should be allowed in multi-employer bargaining, say academics consulting on the government’s promised legislation who also suggest union involvement in enterprise agreements be made compulsory.
    Scott Morrison has joined the advisory board of the International Democrat Union. It is an organisation that is much more radical than its self-declared defence of the “centre right” spin suggests, explains Lucy Hamilton.
    Waleed Aly tosses in an idea for what an Australian head of state might be.
    While much has been discussed about electing an Australian president, more consideration is required before moving forward as a republic, writes John Quiggin.
    In monarchical systems there is always a legitimation challenge when the crown passes from one generation to the next. Whether it becomes a legitimation crisis depends on a number of factors, explains Scott Burchill.
    Abul Rizvi writes that one of the most complex and controversial issues the Albanese Government will deal with during the current budget process will be asylum seeker policy.
    For Ukraine’s allies, including Australia, Putin’s speech was understandably chilling. There are good reasons, however, not to panic, says Matthew Knott.
    David Estcourt reports that legal experts and footballing insiders are saying the Hawthorn Football Club will likely face legal action over allegations detailed in a damning external review into the club’s treatment of Indigenous footballers.
    A cardinal principle of government is never to commission a report whose recommendations you do not already know. It looks like the same may apply in sport. In quite a powerful contribution, Gideon Haigh writes that this is the first of several things worth saying about the content of Phil Egan’s report to the Hawthorn board, divulged this week by the ABC’s Russell Jackson, encompassing the stories of “Ian’’, ‘‘Zac’’ and “Liam” – indigenous players who have reported being submitted to what in a domestic environment would be deemed “coercive control”.
    Sky and the Australian find ‘no evidence’ of a climate emergency. They weren’t looking hard enough, says Graham Readfearn.
    Stephen Bartholomeusz says the Fed is ready to choke the US economy to kill inflation.
    From Moscow, Andrew Roth writes about summons delivered to eligible men at midnight. Schoolteachers pressed into handing out draft notices. Men given an hour to pack their things and appear at draft centres. Women sobbing as they sent their husbands and sons off to fight in Russia’s war in Ukraine.
    A US judge reviewing records seized from Donald Trump’s Florida home asked the former president’s lawyers on Thursday to provide any evidence casting doubt on the integrity of the documents. Trump has previously made unsubstantiated claims the documents were planted by FBI agents.
    Meanwhile, Donald Trump has claimed presidents can declassify documents by the power of thought alone. Speaking to Sean Hannity of Fox News in an interview broadcast on Wednesday, the former US president said: “Different people say different things but as I understand it, if you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying it’s declassified, even by thinking about it.
    Lawsuits are raining down on Donald Trump. “Will any bring him to justice?”, wonders Moira Donegan.
    Republicans won’t commit to honouring vote results this fall, and that’s troubling, declares Robert Reich.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Pope

    Andrew Dyson

    Cathy Wilcox

    John Shakespeare

    Jim Pavlidis

    Simon Letch

    Peter Broelman

    Glen Le Lievre

    Mark Knight


    From the US

Comments are closed.