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Tom Switzer

Portrait of Tom Switzer

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Tom Switzer is editor of the Spectator Australia, a research associate at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, a former Senior Adviser to the federal Opposition Leader, Opinion Editor of The Australian, an editorial writer at the Australian Financial Review and an Assistant Editor at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. He has also been a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, The Spectator and Quadrant magazine. He has a Masters in International Relations at Sydney University.

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The rise of America's populist progressivism


She is the rising star of the left, who attracts rock-star receptions at standing-room-only campaign rallies across the United States. She gives fiery sermons for economic populism and social progressivism. She blasts banks and big business, and...

Identity crisis


IPA Review, June 2011 These are dark days for the Australian Labor Party. Its consistently bad opinion polls-the party's primary vote hovers in the early 30s-is but one of the symptoms of its seemingly incurable malaise. Just under a year ago,...

The rise and rise of the Tea Party


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New world leaders and the politics of power


IPA Review | March 2009 In early 2008, David Cameron said he greatly admired Barack Obama and pledged to bring some of the same uplifting spirit of change and renewal that the American Democrat generated in the US to the British political scene....

Nixon as culture warrior


IPA Review | March 2009 Tom Switzer reviews Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein (Scribner, 2008, 881 pages) Richard Milhous Nixon was born into a modest, working-class Protestant family. He worked at...

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The once-in-a-generation change to our foreign policy

Ideas & Liberty | Tom Switzer
Sydney Morning Herald 13th June, 2016

Great sea changes of foreign-policy opinion are rare in Australian politics, taking place perhaps once in a generation. But there is ample evidence...

Hairy ride ahead for billionaire buffoon Donald Trump

Ideas & Liberty | Tom Switzer
The Australian 7th April, 2016

The Republican presidential race continues to fascinate and horrify the wider world. What we are witnessing here is the political equivalent of a...

Robert Conquest: Cold Warrior who revealed Stalin's brutality

Ideas & Liberty | Tom Switzer
The Australian 6th August, 2015

Robert Conquest dared to tell the truth about Stalin's crimes when few intellectuals would listen. There are those whose memory fades with time....

Abbott will soon look like a genius for refusing to drag Australia to yet another climate fiasco

Climate Change | Tom Switzer
The Guardian 18th November, 2014

Even as he continues to win plaudits from visiting Chinese and Indian leaders, the high priests and priestesses of the fourth estate are in...

Book review: Triumph and Demise lifts curtain on Rudd and Gillard governments

| Tom Switzer
The Sydney Morning Herald 16th October, 2014

Paul Kelly's work as editor-at-large at The Australian is distinguished by his usually rigorous political analysis and sound historical judgments....