this is an interesting aside from an article you should read in full if you’re not fully aware of the extent to which electoral politics really is a machine with its own internal logic. probably the tipping point that made me an anarchist was my brushes with ambitious young student politicians. the successful ones of either major party were uniformly vile egomaniacs. a trace of humanity saw people crushed — like, destroyed emotionally, left dead-eyed. the connections between student politics and the parties are strong and I was left in no doubt that some of the people I knew would be in key decision-making roles. there is a clear pathway from the uni I went to to a glittering career in politics, Gillard herself studied there and was very involved in student politics during her time at uni.