Crikey’s out-sourced and highly credible economic commentator Henry Thornton today presents the wildly popular occasional Crikey contributor PP McGuinness on Whitlam, Latham and Beazley.

PP McGuinness writes: “Karl Marx in his political pamphlet The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (1852) quotes Hegel as having said that history repeats itself; Marx added, the first time as tragedy, the second as farce. Though often misquoted, it is a perceptive comment on historical repetition. So also with Whitlam and Latham.”

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This article is the editorial from the March 2005 issue of that government subsidised journal Quadrant, which also has an interesting piece from David Smith, covering Whitlam’s porkies about his dismissal. When Paddy gets back from lunch, it might be up on the Quadrant site here:

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