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Conversation with Scott Davies — Editor and Writer at Conatus News


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/01/24

Scott Jacobsen speaks with Scott Davies, editor and writer at Conatus News, to discuss the state of progressive politics in Australia and other topics.

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is the state of progressive politics in Australia? Who are the main drivers of it?

Scott Davies: Currently, there is a centre-right political party, the Liberal-National Coalition government in power federally. In a majority of the states, the centre-left Labor party holds power. Progressives and progressivism in general, after some years in the political wilderness following the 2013 Federal Election are again gaining momentum politically. This is reflected in the ongoing push for and subsequent lesiglation on issues such as marriage equality, as well as a renewed focus on renewable energies and other progressive issues.

Jacobsen: Who is your favourite author of Progressive politics? What are your favourite books of theirs?

Davies: My favourite liberal and left-leaning authors in recent years have been, ironically, have been authors such as Nick Cohen, Maajid Nawaz, Sam Harris and others have have been critical of elements of the identitarian Left. I am a fan of their works due to their commitment to principles and ideas of secular humanism and universal values such as liberal democracy.

Jacobsen: In terms of the social implications of progressive politics, how does this influence the traditional gender roles? Because the traditional gender roles were women as home maker and man as breadwinner. The modern economy does not follow this model. What do you think are the early 21st-century gender roles? The gender roles that adapt to the modern economy, technological changes and shifts, and the implied political and social changes as well.

Davies: The modern economy, as you said, has changed gender roles significantly. A majority of households are now dual income, with both woman and man working a job, often fulltime. This has meant that domestic duties are also shared more evenly among the man and woman of the household. These changes have been further accelerated with technological changes, as well as social changes whereby these roles are expected to be fulfilled by all.

Jacobsen: How have the reactive elements of this culture, or the subculture of those who do not want any change, reacted in response to the changes in technology and generals? I mean in Australia.

Davies: Conservatives and reactionary elements within Australian society have pushed back against these elements in a variety of ways. To use a current example, they have organised the ‘No’ campaign for the upcoming marriage equality postal vote, campaigning for a traditional definition of marriage. There has also been vocal opposition to social programs which highlight LGBT issues, such as the ‘Safe Schools’ program, on the grounds that it undermines traditional family and societal values.


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