Roundup 17 Feb

This should be a more regular event but I am still getting into a routine to handle long-term unemployment.

This is Stephen Hicks, libertarian philosopher, speculating on the reason why so many ex-colonies of Great Britain are high in the economic prosperity league table. Of course I am inclined to attribute this to the way that cricket promotes the “bourgeoise virtues”,  as in “its not cricket (old chap)!”. This theory is undermined by the economic performance of some of the nations competing in the World Cup at present (Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) and even more by the discovery of the large number of nations that are affiliated with the International Cricket Board.

Women are not team players? Listed as a counterintuitive research result of the day at Organizations and Markets. On a related topic.

Why are so many of the economists at George Mason University also bogging? I think of them as the “Boettke Boys” a la the Beagle Boys of comic book fame (don’t ask me why). More on the Beagle Boys here and here.  It is not because they are bored, or academic failures.

None of us discovered economics in a mainstream econ class, found it fascinating, then decided to try to ascend the academic hierarchy.  Instead, our inspiration came from libertarian books, libertarian friends, and libertarian intellectuals, plus our broader reading in philosophy, history, and the history of economic thought.  Once we fell in love with ideas, we asked, “How can I make a career out of this?”  We would have preferred to be instantly anointed as public intellectuals.  But the best realistic path, we learned, was “Become a professor of economics.” 

Once you know these biographical patterns, you should be amazed if lots of GMU economists hadn’t started blogging.  Think about it: Here’s a forum where you write for a sizable, high-quality audience about anything that interests you.  Here’s a forum where you can eternally debate other people obsessed with ideas.  Here’s a forum where you can instantly pose as a public intellectual – and try to “fake it till you make it.”  Here’s a forum that actually penalizes atrocious academic writing! 

Archival material on the impact of WW2 on the US public.

The principles of classical liberalism.

 
 
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15 Responses to Roundup 17 Feb

  1. daddy dave

    Here’s a forum where you can instantly pose as a public intellectual – and try to “fake it till you make it.”

    You can’t fake it on catallaxy. Many try.

  2. Annabelle

    This is Stephen Hicks, libertarian philosopher, speculating on the reason why so many ex-colonies of Great Britain are high in the economic prosperity league table. Of course I am inclined to attribute this to the way that cricket promotes the “bourgeoise virtues”, as in “its not cricket (old chap)!”. This theory is undermined by the economic performance of some of the nations competing in the World Cup at present (Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) and even more by the discovery of the large number of nations that are affiliated with the International Cricket Board.

    The case of Zimbabwe is instructive. Its fortunes have reversed as the contry has abandoned its British inheritance.

  3. paul walter

    Yes, unpalatable home truths. Not entirely in accord with Annabelle, unless this is what she is hinting at; that the reasons for failed states are far more complex and sometimes obnoxious than a mere retreat from, “play up, play up and play the game”.

  4. jtfsoon

    Malaysia and Singapore (ex UK colonies) are more successful than any of the cricket obsessive countries yet never caught the obsession with that boring game for pedants.

  5. jtfsoon

    obviously I meant more successful than the cricket obsessive countries listed by Rafe (Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Sri Lanka)

  6. daddy dave

    if not cricket, then what?

  7. Infidel Tiger

    if not cricket, then what?

    British institutions. Even though they all got modified, the provided a sound base for an orderly country.

  8. jtfsoon

    Yes, the British judicial system and common law. Until recently cases in Malaysia and Singapore could even be appealed to the British Privy Council

  9. Quentin George

    Malaysia unfortunately has the shitty millstone around the neck of religious courts.

  10. Quentin George

    Oh, and Hicks has missed out that the Danish and British Royal Family are closely related, and British politics had a strong influence on 19th century Denmark, which is where most of this legacy was set down.

  11. Peter Patton

    Well the luvvies for some reason – no doubt, they were ALL dropped on their heads at birth – can’t get over ‘multliculti’ as the reason.

    In fact, is a spasm of socialist solidarity has gush-linked to Chris Bowen -inister for Immigration and Citizenship’s address to the Sydney Institute t’othernight. Now, given the age of ‘multiculti’ died in OZ, a few governments ago, why is the Minister With No Multiculti Portfolio so cock-a-hoop?

    The reasons are good ones, and any true bluey, would find herself a few centimentres taller when the otherwise cure for insomnia

    My argument tonight is that multiculturalism has, without a doubt, strengthened Australian society. But it is a unique, Australian multiculturalism, built differently to other models around the world.

    This is so true, it needs never forgetting, both because it explains the why Australia multiculti, and the why not – when this government disctate had done all the good it possibly could, so it’s timely removal was a must, lest we end up with a version of a second lesbian date – two u-hauls at the ready.

    I do like the congenitally gormless Bowen’s sunny survey of Australia multilti-culti. Without bothering to even find the clear no racism, no Islamophobia, or no intolerance, for you see, these are traits of those failed multicultis. You know the wog ones – like Germany, England, France, and the frickin OECD generally.

    Indeed, Bowen spends a decent few paragraphs about what was good about an issue that was of the time: the 1970s and 1980s. Until Aaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrggggghhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!</i?

    keeps its nive and self-congratulatory:

    Lefty Kim has plastered up a peep for multiculti's return, making the entire fanny-fart about:

    In a week when the Liberal party has sunk to new lows by politicising the funerals of asylum seekers drowned off Christmas Island (and, it’s becoming clearer, doing so at the behest of a One Nation campaign), and senior Liberals have been running an Islamophobic strategy, it’s refreshing to read the text of Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Bowen’s speech “The genius of Australian multiculturalism”, delivered last night

    One of LP's denizens, who has kept watch over Don Dunstan's memory, refusing to have another idea from the day he last offfice, February, 1979, including her approving quotation of that great ALP man, Malcolm Fraser.

    “Labor has really gone back to its values. They’re values I share.”

    – Malcolm Fraser, in today’s Crikey.

    But Eazor demurs asking the bleeding Razor says:

    Why was “Multicultural” removed from the Minister’s title in the first place?

    What has changed since then that needs it brought back?

    We just want to be Australians.

    Yes, racism is bad, but it doesn’t need a campaign in Australia – we are one of the least racist countries in the World.

    Eric Sykes has a go, back adopts PC’s play: no new ideas since 1979, with this gem.

    Razor (LOL), have you ever eaten a curry? Or a falafel maybe? Or been out for a Thai meal? Or a Chinese takeaway? No? What, you only eat damper constantly do you? And snags and steak? But not chips eh? Cause eating chips would encourage the evils of multiculturalism? Since they came from, as far as we can tell, Belgium? Let’s ban chips altogether in glorious white Australia, otherwise little kiddies might want to start speaking in Flemish or some other strange tongue?

    It’s 2011, and still the fucken food to these bozoes. Continuing the 22.5 rates of bitchslaps against LP Luvvies of late, razor lobs in

    This is a blatant political effort by the ALP to stop leakage to the Greens.

  12. Peter Patton

    Well the luvvies for some reason – no doubt, they were ALL dropped on their heads at birth – can’t get over ‘multliculti’ as the reason.

    In fact, is a spasm of socialist solidarity has gush-linked to Chris Bowen -inister for Immigration and Citizenship’s address to the Sydney Institute t’othernight. Now, given the age of ‘multiculti’ died in OZ, a few governments ago, why is the Minister With No Multiculti Portfolio so cock-a-hoop?

    The reasons are good ones, and any true bluey, would find herself a few centimentres taller when the otherwise cure for insomnia

    My argument tonight is that multiculturalism has, without a doubt, strengthened Australian society. But it is a unique, Australian multiculturalism, built differently to other models around the world.

    This is so true, it needs never forgetting, both because it explains the why Australia multiculti, and the why not – when this government disctate had done all the good it possibly could, so it’s timely removal was a must, lest we end up with a version of a second lesbian date – two u-hauls at the ready.

    I do like the congenitally gormless Bowen’s sunny survey of Australia multilti-culti. Without bothering to even find the clear no racism, no Islamophobia, or no intolerance, for you see, these are traits of those failed multicultis. You know the wog ones – like Germany, England, France, and the frickin OECD generally.

    Indeed, Bowen spends a decent few paragraphs about what was good about an issue that was of the time: the 1970s and 1980s. Until Aaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrggggghhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!</i?

    keeps its nive and self-congratulatory:

    Lefty Kim has plastered up a peep for multiculti's return, making the entire fanny-fart about:

    In a week when the Liberal party has sunk to new lows by politicising the funerals of asylum seekers drowned off Christmas Island (and, it’s becoming clearer, doing so at the behest of a One Nation campaign), and senior Liberals have been running an Islamophobic strategy, it’s refreshing to read the text of Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Bowen’s speech “The genius of Australian multiculturalism”, delivered last night

    One of LP's denizens, who has kept watch over Don Dunstan's memory, refusing to have another idea from the day he last offfice, February, 1979, including her approving quotation of that great ALP man, Malcolm Fraser.

    “Labor has really gone back to its values. They’re values I share.”

    – Malcolm Fraser, in today’s Crikey.

    But Eazor demurs asking the bleeding Razor says:

    Why was “Multicultural” removed from the Minister’s title in the first place?

    What has changed since then that needs it brought back?

    We just want to be Australians.

    Yes, racism is bad, but it doesn’t need a campaign in Australia – we are one of the least racist countries in the World.

    Eric Sykes has a go, back adopts PC’s play: no new ideas since 1979, with this gem.

    Razor (LOL), have you ever eaten a curry? Or a falafel maybe? Or been out for a Thai meal? Or a Chinese takeaway? No? What, you only eat damper constantly do you? And snags and steak? But not chips eh? Cause eating chips would encourage the evils of multiculturalism? Since they came from, as far as we can tell, Belgium? Let’s ban chips altogether in glorious white Australia, otherwise little kiddies might want to start speaking in Flemish or some other strange tongue?

    It’s 2011, and still the fucken food to these bozoes. Continuing the 22.5 rates of bitchslaps against LP Luvvies of late, razor lobs in

    This is a blatant political effort by the ALP to stop leakage to the Greens

  13. Peter Patton

    How can Razor be correct, when who can give a stuff?

    This is preposterous

    ‘The People of Australia’

    Last year, under the leadership of Andrew Demetriou, The Australian Multicultural Advisory Council presented the statement, The People of Australia, to Government to provide us with an opportunity to express our support for Australian multiculturalism.

    It is in that vein that tonight I can release the Government’s response to the AMAC Report and, in doing so, announce the Government’s new multiculturalism strategy.

    The Government accepts, in whole or in principle, each of AMAC’s recommendations.

    The Government will introduce a new independent advisory body, the Australian Multicultural Council, with broader terms of reference, to succeed the current Advisory Council.

    The new body will act as a champion for multiculturalism in the community, will advise the Government on multicultural affairs and will help ensure Australian Government services respond to the needs of migrant and refugee communities.

    We will also establish a National Anti-Racism Partnership and Strategy to design and deliver an anti-racism strategy.

    While much good work has been done in Australia over many decades, we must continue to work to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination. This strategy will bring together existing expertise on anti-racism and multicultural matters from government departments, the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council.

    Given the breadth of effort and the need for an increased focus that this new multicultural policy will require, I can also announce tonight that the Prime Minister has agreed to rename the position held by Senator Kate Lundy to better reflect the focus of her duties.

    Once she is able to pay a visit to Her Excellency the Governor-General, Kate will be known as the Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs.

    I’d like to acknowledge Kate’s work in the development of this policy and the work she has done with the sector and broader community since taking on her role.

    AMAC makes the point that ‘the multicultural character of Australia is central to the Australian story. Governments should tell this story.’

    We agree and we will continue to do so.

    I’m not afraid to use the word ‘multiculturalism’; I’m proud of what it means to Australian life.

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