John Turner Memorial Lecture
The University of Newcastle and WEA Hunter are pleased to invite you to the 2012 John Turner Memorial delivered by Michael Ondaatje.
In 2004, then Senator Barack Obama received a standing ovation at the Democratic Party convention when he declared, "there is not a liberal America and a conservative America – there’s the United States of America." How wrong he was. Since Obama’s election in 2008, American politics has witnessed the mainstreaming of "conservative apocalypticism" – a crude doctrine of liberty tinged with paranoia about how the President and his supporters are leading a socialist revolution and undermining Americans' freedoms. The deep animosity toward the President stoked by media outlets such as FOX News appears to have no parallel in US history.
This lecture places modern conservatism under an intellectual microscope, paying special attention to the right-wing rage that has reverberated through the body politic. After situating this rage within a tradition of right-wing populist movements in American history, the lecture reflects on why it has exploded anew, why the Republican Party establishment has done little to challenge it (and much to abet it), and what the implications are for American politics.
Where: Newcastle City Hall
Time: 5:45pm for 6pm start.
This is a free public lecture open to the community.
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