Roberto Mangabeira Unger is a Brazilian social theorist, professor of law at Harvard Law School, and until recently the appointed 'Minister of Ideas' by Brazilian president Luis Inácio Lula da Silva in his second term. As head of the Long-term Planning Secretariat, Unger's responsibilities included long-term strategising for Brazilian economy, the reshaping of institutions to abet the flow of knowledge, and the (uneviable) task of defining an economically AND ecologically responsible plan for development in the Amazon rainforest.
And so it went. Tony Abbot wins the Liberal Party leadership. Malcolm Turnbull and his supporters lose. The ETS is shot down.
These are interesting and, extraordinarily, actually exciting for Australian politics.
I was stuck in traffic late this morning listening in to Radio National 702 on the latest Liberal Party spat in Canberra. Of course, the perverse part in all of us onlookers just enjoys the drama as a way of exciting our mundane existence, and in this I am no different.