Time: February 2012 Venue: The Great Hall, University of Sydney Spain’s National Narrative Prize winner speaks at the University of Sydney. Best-selling Spanish novelist Javier Cercas discusses his latest non-fiction novel The Anatomy of a Momentis, about the failed 1981 Spanish coup d'état....

Why should we assume that democracy is the best of all political systems? Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in the Middle East demanding freedom and democracy. And countless numbers have been prepared to die in exercising these demands. But here, In...

By Ian Colditz, CSIRO Which is the greater deprivation for an animal: to live a good-quality life abbreviated at less than its natural term by painless slaughter for meat, or to never live at all? How much of an animal’s life has enough value to be...

By Ken Shao, University of Western Australia The skepticism of contemporary China’s multilayered and painful efforts to achieve legal and political reform makes many wonder if democracy can really grow in the Chinese soil. This is such a haunting question not only for Western commentators but...

At the Byron Bay Writers Festival, in conversation with Griffith Review Editor Julianne Schultz, Professor John Keane talks us through the rise and fall of democracies and empires, from a primarily historical perspective. From the very first Platonic democracy of Ancient Greece, Keane argues, through the...

John Keane joins a Q and A panel at the Melbourne Writers Festival. Panellists: Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser; author Jessica Rudd; author and political historian John Keane; biographer and commentator Christine Wallace; and Chris Berg, research fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs. This episode of...

At the Byron Bay Writers Festival, in conversation with Griffith Review Editor Julianne Schultz, Professor John Keane talks about the rise and fall of democracies and empires, from a primarily historical perspective. From the very first Platonic democracy of Ancient Greece, Keane argues, through the ages of...

Winston Churchill famously said that democracy was the worst form of government – except for all the others that have been tried. In western countries like Australia the universal good of democracy is simply assumed. But are we assuming too much? "Democracy Is Not For...

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