Third Way in the Fourth Estate

I notice that both Kevin Andrews and Julie Bishop are describing ALP policies as “Third Way”. As I once argued, the Third Way concept met its death in about 2003, and I don’t recall having heard a Labor politician talking about it since then. Which makes me think that the Coalition message-machine has decided that referring to Kevin Rudd’s policies as Third Way is a cunning way of tying him back to Mark Latham.

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6 Responses to Third Way in the Fourth Estate

  1. Sinclair Davidson says:

    The Wikipedia’s definition of the third way seems to sum up Rudd’s views.

  2. Sacha says:

    I’d be surprised if many people outside those with a substantial interest in politics would associate the phrase “third way” with anything much in particular, let along Mark Latham.

  3. laughoutloud says:

    It’s a bit late for lightweights like Andrews and Bishop to start yapping about the ‘third way’. All modernising projects present themselves as being between two extremes, the better to make a polemical point of the virtues of the way that is neither one thing or t’other.

    Howardism is an interesting example of conservative third wayism, with its hallmark social authoritarianism yoked to market liberalism, with all the conflicts and sometime contradictions these two approaches imply. Nevermind, Howardistas will try anything on to see if some label can be made to ‘stick’. What a bore that they think ‘third way’ is some kind of bogey man. Oh dear oh dear.

  4. Damien Eldridge says:

    When I hear the term third way, I tend to think of Tony Blair and the British Labour Pary, not Mark Latham and the Australian Labor Party.

  5. Damien Eldridge says:

    History seems to be a popular passtime for todays politicians. Tony Abbot mentioned B. A. Santamaria in an article in today’s Age.

  6. derrida derider says:

    All modernising projects present themselves as being between two extremes – laughoutloud

    How very Hegelian of you, laughoutloud. Careful thinking like that – you’ll find yourself a Marxist before long!

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