Our societies are growing more unequal, more hierarchical, and less human.


Voters appalled by the direction of current politics respond to leaders that articulate a cohesive and genuine progressivism. This book provides a framework to deliver that vision, organised around the themes of cooperative solutions to social problem-solving and a social contract centred on rights and the equal dignity of all people.

Drawing on contemporary Australian examples, "Politics for the New Dark Age: Staying positive amidst disorder" shows how partisan divides recur in policy debates from civil rights, to inequality, economic growth, the environment and foreign policy. It argues that we should recommit to fighting for our democracy in order to manage social differences and channel conflict into opportunities for social progress.


"skillfully meld[s] philosophy and economics"

- Andrew Leigh MP, Shadow Assistant Treasurer

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