Friday, September 3, 2010

Warp and woof

Australia, a place of rough-and- tumble democracy, gave the world the phrase “dog-whistle politics” to describe a certain sort of suggestive populism. For instance, it breaks no law to clear French gypsy camps. It is not inherently racist to call for tighter border controls. But deftly done, such moves send a discreet signal to voters with a taste for a stronger political message. --The Economist

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