Across the world, the notion that progressive parties should accept a centrist and safe figure for the purposes of electability is going out the door.
The nostalgia makes sense; we're looking to escape our wretched political moment. But nostalgia seriously distorts our perception of history.
Yes, Australia is turning away from the hard-right. Yes, the federal government is in chaos. But Labor and the Greens can hardly sit back and assume a 2019 federal election win.
Progressives love to take shame in and disengagement from their own nation as both a necessary and sufficient political act. It isn't.
For all the words written and shared about diversity and representation, what's actually been done? And who's benefiting from the cyclic system of outrage and inaction?
If the left doesn't get its act together soon, the hard right will mobilise. And Daniel Andrews' Victorian government will be the first casualty.
Albert O. Hirschman's The Rhetoric of Reaction is important because it explains how conservatives oppose change and what sort of narratives they use to do so.