27 Dec 2017

Best features of 2017: the political thinkers

6:44 am on 30 December 2017

Explorations of power and polarities.

Luke Harding: How Russia helped Trump win the White House

The relationship between Donald Trump and Russia is a bigger political scandal than Watergate, says the former Moscow Bureau Chief for the Guardian.

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Angela Nagle: 'There’s a deep chaos in the culture'

The violent far-right protest at Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, demonstrated that the 'geeky' online subculture of the political right has fallen away and what remains is militant, isolated and more serious, says Irish writer Angela Nagle.

Angela Nagle

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David Goodhart: the new political divide

Politics used to be divided between left and right, but now people are split along different lines, according to UK writer David Goodhart.

David Goodhart

David Goodhart Photo: Supplied

Smart Talk: Allies

A discussion of New Zealand's international alliances, chaired by Leonie Hayden and featuring author and investigative journalist Nicky Hager, journalist Maiki Sherman, and social commentator and law professor Jane Kelsey.

Two members of the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team provide security in Shebar district, Bamiyan province, Afghanistan..

Two members of the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team provide security in Shebar district, Bamiyan province, Afghanistan.. Photo: US Army / Lory Stevens

Alan Jacobs: why we need more critical thinking

Next time you have a strong reaction to someone else's opinion, take five minutes before going into refutation mode, says Alan Jacobs, author of How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds.

Professor Alan Jacobs

Professor Alan Jacobs Photo: http://ayjay.org/

Smart Talk: Immigration

Chaired by Noelle McCarthy and featuring writer and broadcaster Ali Ikram, researcher and Māori spokesperson for the Migrants and Refugee Rights Campaign Dr Arama Rata, filmmaker Roseanne Liang and Massey University’s Professor Paul Spoonley.

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Photo: RNZ / Paul Bushnell

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