STOP PRESS. Impending sock crises in Lower Neutral Bay averted by timely Father’s Day gift. PM Rudd and President Obama still undecided on the future of Syria.
Posts of the week. Its about productivity, stupid!
Culture. AbbottAbbott fights the good fight in 1994.
In the quest to solve social problems, government reaches into our schools, our workplaces and even our bedrooms. Government tells us what we should think, whom we should like and how we should feel. But it has by and large given up trying to touch our hearts and make us realise that we Australians are a great people with a great destiny. The best that this government can do to lift people’s gaze above the humdrum is tear a corner off the flag, undermine the Crown and attack the very constitution itself. This is the opposite, the absolute opposite of nation building, because it is guaranteed to tear Australians apart rather than bring us together.
Yet there is no mystery in Australia’s needs or voters’ wants. There is no secret about what governments should do. As Edmund Burke said, governments are human contrivances to satisfy human wants. People expect governments to work—and I hope honourable members opposite recognise these lines—`for the betterment of mankind, not just here but wherever we can lend a helping hand’, as Ben Chifley said in his `light on the hill’ speech. There are some things which only individuals can do; there are other things which only governments can do; and there are many things which people can do better, provided governments help. So let people run their own lives and let government do what individuals cannot.
Jane Austen as an
Australian Austrian. Planning, rational choice, prudence and good housekeeping.
What was the ideology of the cowboys?
The Western genre has long been associated with right-wing and libertarian politics, and is said to promote individualism and free-market economics. But in a new look at the Western, Ryan McMaken shows that the Western is in fact often anti-capitalist, and in many ways, the genre attacks the dominant ideology of nineteenth-century America: classical liberalism.
Learning from mistakes? Not yet! France on the skids. Where would they be without nuclear power?
Sport and recreation. A tale of two pitchers. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times“.
Environment and Energy. Living the green car dream. Buy for 48K sell for 8K and still on the hoists. A bit like the renewable energy program around the world.
Around the town: Small business; Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Quadrant on line, at the IPA, Mannkal Foundation, Centre for Independent Studies and the Sydney Institute. Gerard Henderson’s Media Watchdog. Bradman gala dinner.