About this place and me

Analysts and practitioners of international affairs often invoke the "rules-based international order" to describe an ideal state where states conform to normative standards of behaviour in their mutual dealings.

I think that's an admirable standard but one which isn't especially illustrative of the world we live in.

That's why I prefer my own phrase: the fools-based order.

My name's Mateo and I'm a Polish-Australian living in Melbourne. I'm a writer and strategic communications practitioner. In previous lives, I've worked as a political speechwriter, communications manager, investment attraction professional and economic analyst.

This place is home to my published writing and additional stray thoughts about politics (near and far), economics, football (perhaps the highest form of a fools-based order) and whatever else comes to mind. My house, my rules.

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You can also get me to write all sorts of things for you, including but not limited to: speeches, essays, reports, op-eds, website pages and advertising copy.

Send me an email: mateo [at] simplespeaker [dot] net, or better still – find my speechwriting and professional writing practice.

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