The Contemporary Liberal Party needs to Inspire Optimism

"I believe the great battle that's taking place in the world isn't between left and right. It's between cynicism and optimism," said musician Michael Franti.

 In "The Negatives of Positive Education" (The Age 6/4), Matthew Bach surprises us with an attack on positive education as neoliberal "snake-oil."

 Never before have I seen a Liberal describe the best-selling optimistic writings of Norman Vincent Peale as "rubbish" and optimist Ronald Reagan “retrograde” in honouring Peale's work.

(Read Quotes on Optimism from The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale)

Positive education fosters optimism, positive emotions, character strengths, resilience, mindfulness, and well-being equipping our children for opportunity and innovation in a rapidly changing world.

 Victorian education is pretty good. Could it be better? Yes and more positive education would help.

 Prime Minister Albanese launched "the voice" question, calling on the fundamental optimism of the Australian people.

 Australians yearn for an optimistic and hopeful national narrative.

 Infectiously optimistic Liberal leaders Deakin, Menzies and Hamer won the trust of Victorians.

 The contemporary Liberal Party needs to inspire liberal fundamental optimists to action to win government.

 As the House of Commons leader, Penny Mordaunt, wrote, "The faultline in politics at the moment is not between left and right but between optimists and pessimists. We need optimists for the next tough shift."

Read our "Framing an Optimistic National Narrative"

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