The New Social Democrat

We need public conversations with a focus on policy, and examination of flashpoints in the battle between reason and untruth. NSD hopes to provide that focus.
Dr Mark Bahnisch
1 Team Member

I think now is a good time to start a new public conversation around public policy and social democracy, with a new government and a lack of measured and positive progressive policy conversations and analyses to provide an alternative and a substantive critique.

In particular, I want to build on the efforts a number of made around FAQ Research, shining a light on a contested policy area. We might, for instance, look not just at the continued contests over land use and the resources industry but also at the feasibility of ‘green jobs’ and how innovation, education and skills policy can shape nascent labour market shifts towards sustainable and high wage employment.

That’s just one example – but I think there’s a host of areas where a new social democratic vision can be both articulated and grounded in ideas that appeal to communities as well as activists and thinkers. At the same time, we need new ways of talking to each other about the way forward.

I’ve started work on The New Social Democrat. There’s nothing to see yet, as I need to build the site. The nitty and gritty digital bit of a digital startup! But I wanted to flag my intentions to folks, and let you know something of what to expect, and how you can follow what I’m up to, should you want to. The easiest way to find out when there is something to see is to like my Facebook page (and I have some other commissioned writing which will be appearing soon) and follow me on Twitter. If you’re not into social media, feel free to email me at mbahnisch [at]

I’d also be interested in hearing from anyone who might be interested in writing or doing some editing on the new site. Ideally, I would like to build a stable of editors and contributors in particular thematic areas. So it would be great to know who might be interested. Down the track, I would also like to be able to pay people for their work. There’s an important point of principle here, as the digital economy destroys monetary value as much as it creates it, and commodifies people’s enthusiasm and talent as raw input for corporate profit. 

So I hope you can support this campaign, and not just financially!

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