Ending ideology: a free-thinking civil society

George, Greg (2008). Ending ideology: a free-thinking civil society. In: Troy Henderson, Shared Values, Shared Future: Re-imagining the Good Society. Collected Papers 2007-08. Shared Values, Shared Future: Re-imagining the Good Society. First Roundtable, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (62-67). 20 April, 2008.

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Author George, Greg
Title of paper Ending ideology: a free-thinking civil society
Conference name Shared Values, Shared Future: Re-imagining the Good Society. First Roundtable
Conference location Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 20 April, 2008
Proceedings title Shared Values, Shared Future: Re-imagining the Good Society. Collected Papers 2007-08
Series SEARCH Foundation Left Renewal Initiative
Place of Publication Surry Hills, NSW, Australia
Publisher SEARCH Foundation
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781876300159
Editor Troy Henderson
Start page 62
End page 67
Total pages 6
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The overall theme of these Roundtables is ‘left renewal’. Responding to that I will argue:

• Drop once and for all the socialist goals, the utopian dreams, the manipulative theoretical modes, and the petty team spirit and group think.
• Recognise the positive core of the tradition we have come from which is the values. Value those values all the more in a society which for 25 years has been dominated by a rhetoric which disguises the undermining of values or explicitly attacks them in favour of a claimed faceless rationality.
• Drop the terms ‘left’ and ‘progressive’. The first is totally compromised with authoritarianism and totalitarianism. The second is misleading since much of what we do defends against invidious reform and change.
• Instead identify ourselves as part of civil society and replace left style with practical modes appropriate to that civil society.
• Social democracy self-immolated in the flames of market ideology. The ALP is using manipulative language, like ‘working families’, and language, such as ‘social inclusion’ and ‘social exclusion’, which can be used either manipulatively or to advance social justice. It is up to us to push the interpretations which will recover social democracy.
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Additional Notes http://www.search.org.au/projects/roundtables/first-roundtable/brisbane/george-paper

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