Salvatore Babones

Adjunct Scholar

Salvatore Babones

Salvatore Babones is a political sociologist at the University of Sydney. His book The New Authoritarianism: Trump, Populism, and the Tyranny of Experts was named ‘Best on Politics 2018’ by the Wall Street Journal. Salvatore is also the author or co-author of six other books and more than two dozen academic research articles. His academic research takes a long-term approach to interpreting the structure of the global economy, with a particular focus on China. Salvatore has penned op-eds for the Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, and the Australian Financial Review, and he writes regularly for Quadrant, Spectator Australia, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and The National Interest. Salvatore is currently researching a book on Western civilization.


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  • We must probe gender theory with reason 13 June 2019 | The Australian
    Illustration: Eric Lobbecke The Catholic Church has emerged as this week’s unlikely champion of open dialogue and intellectual freedom. As lesbian, gay, bisexual, and especially transsexual activists seek to close down society’s debate over the nature of sexuality and gender,…
    Illustration: Eric Lobbecke The Catholic Church has emerged as this week’s unlikely champion of open dialogue and intellectual freedom. As lesbian, gay, bisexual, and especially transsexual activists seek to close down society’s debate over the nature of sexuality and gender,…
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  • China Is Bluffing in the Trade War 13 June 2019 | Foreign Policy
    U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade war with China is about to get real. Until this point, not much has happened, because the 25 percent tariffs on Chinese goods that the Trump administration announced in May did not apply to goods already…
    U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade war with China is about to get real. Until this point, not much has happened, because the 25 percent tariffs on Chinese goods that the Trump administration announced in May did not apply to goods already…
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  • A Bipartisan Solution to Poland's Energy Woes 09 June 2019 | The National Interest
    Poland’s President Andrzej Duda will visit the White House on June 12, his second working visit to Washington in two years. Last September, Duda made headlines by lobbying for a permanent American military base in Poland, which he jokingly called…
    Poland’s President Andrzej Duda will visit the White House on June 12, his second working visit to Washington in two years. Last September, Duda made headlines by lobbying for a permanent American military base in Poland, which he jokingly called…
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  • Best of the West for students 05 June 2019 | THE AUSTRALIAN
    The most divisive issue in higher education bears an eminently respectable name: Ramsay. When healthcare magnate and medical philanthropist Paul Ramsay died in 2014 he left the bulk of his fortune — $3 billion — to charity. The Paul Ramsay…
    The most divisive issue in higher education bears an eminently respectable name: Ramsay. When healthcare magnate and medical philanthropist Paul Ramsay died in 2014 he left the bulk of his fortune — $3 billion — to charity. The Paul Ramsay…
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