Menzies knew the importance of the centrality of faith for civil society to flourish.
Marxist thought is apparently enjoying something of a resurgence in popularity on Britain's university campuses, as an emerging generation realises that it may face worse economic prospects then its parents.
Almost 20 years after the failed 'republic' referendum of 1999, several related issues grate on the raw nerves of Australia's backward democracy.
At every level of government Conservatives are either leaning on their shovel, or lending it to the other side.
If Turnbull is willing to dismantle the Liberal brand for his own ego, how then is he any better than Bill Shorten?
Conservatives are horrified that multiple members of the parliamentary wing are enthusiastic supporters of such reality bending concepts as gay marriage.
On the one hand, we had the vote for equality. But on the other, we had direct participation in the formation of policy.
Do we assume that capitalism will ultimately come up with a solution, or is capitalism itself the problem?
The Coalition has begun to restore a modicum of rationality to the electricity market in Australia. There is more to do. They must assault the green mindset.
One would think that perhaps we would keep an open mind regarding alternatives; instead of buying the tired old argument that anything else must either lead to totalitarianism, or be incurably utopian.
So, how does the average Aussie punter work out what it is we are all supposed to be promoting and defending?
In other words, quality of life is a matter of how people feel about their lives as well as the material conditions in which they live. Perceptions matter to our wellbeing.