Rafe’s Roundup 6 Nov

Late Final Extra. This day!

World News. Libertarian conference 2014. See also Events (just under the evil dwarf in the photo).

Posts of the week. Andrew Bolt as “collateral damage” for anti-hate speech.

I have been particularly disappointed to be treated as collateral damage by Jewish community leaders and political players who have been demanding these illiberal laws be kept. Several have privately assured me they found the case against me a misapplication of the law or even an injustice. But not one publicly said so.

Stenographer school. Xmas spirit h/t TimT. Who is doing all the talking? See also Male/Female brain differences under in the Nerds section below.

Silly things from Barry Williams, honourary grand vizier of the skeptics. A flock of geese.

Publishing. review of Garnaut’s book Dog Days. “Dog Days really confronts two issues: boosting productivity to increase exports [p. 10] and getting the tax mix right. The first policy challenge may be beyond our control; the second relates largely to royalties and rents extracted from the resources industry. Pessimism is the currency of economists, and Garnaut is no exception.”

Well he certainly did his bit for pessimism with his advice on climate policy.

Around the town: IPA HEY. The Sydney Institute. Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Liberty on the Rocks, the notice board for the ATA: Quadrant on line, Mannkal Foundation, Centre for Independent Studies.

Gerard Henderson’s Media Watchdog. Stephanie Forrest at the IPA, working on the Western Civilization project.

Around the town off shore. The Adam Smith Institute in London. The British Libertarian Alliance and Spiked. From the desk of David Horowitz at the Freedom Centre

No other news outlet provides the honest, tell it like it is commentary we do, which is why the content we produce is unparalleled. But in the twenty-five years of the Freedom Center’s existence, there is no single piece I’m more proud of than The Black Book of the American Left, a collection of my writings over the last thirty years. This is my political odyssey and I’m thrilled to announce that Volume I, My Life And Times, is now available.

How we lived. Early computers. Short history of the abacus. Movietone news. Gentlemen and players take to the field to reinforce the links of Empire by playing the greatest game of all. How the greatest game got started.

For nerds. Melvyn Bragg’s radio program. Pete Boettke points to some papers by Dani Rodrik on the way ideas can trump interests.

The contemporary approach to political economy is built around vested interests ?? elites, lobbies, and rent?seeking groups which get their way at the expense of the general public. The role of ideas in shaping those interests is typically ignored or downplayed. Yet each of the three components of the standard optimization problem in political economy – preferences, constraints, and choice variables – rely on an implicit set of ideas. Once the manner in which ideas enter these frameworks is made explicit, a much richer and more convincing set of results can be obtained. In particular, new ideas about policy—or policy entrepreneurship—can exert an independent effect on equilibrium outcomes even in the absence of changes in the
configuration of political power.

Male-female brain differences. A Guide to The Poverty of Historicism in Japanese, translated by Kogawara Makoto.

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7 Responses to Rafe’s Roundup 6 Nov

  1. DECEMBER, pet.

    One of nature’s proofreaders.

  2. wreckage

    Interesting article (book review?) on Garnaut.

  3. Ellen of Tasmania

    “The cardinal difficulty,” said MacPhee, “in collaboration between the sexes is that women speak a language without nouns. If two men are doing a bit of work, one will say to the other, ‘Put this bowl inside the bigger bowl which you’ll find on the top shelf of the green cupboard.’ The female for this is, ‘Put that in the other one in there.’ And then if you ask them, ‘in where?’ they say, ‘in there, of course.’ There is consequently a phatic hiatus.”
    (That Hideous Strength by C S Lewis)

  4. Ellen of Tasmania

    “‘That’s how they treat us once they’re married. They don’t even listen to what we say,’ I said. And do you know what she said? ‘Ivy Maggs,’ said she, ‘did it ever come into your mind to ask whether anyone could listen to all we say?’ … You know often I’ve been talking to my husband for a long time, and he’s looked up and asked me what I’ve been saying and, do you know? I haven’t been able to remember myself!”
    (That Hideous Strength by C S Lewis)

  5. Robert Blair


    Many years ago, in Tasmania, I was standing in the kitchen of our company-provided house.

    The kitchen had cupboards at floor level around two of the walls and beneath an ‘island’ thingy.
    There were further cupboards above the benches, and above the island.
    In all maybe 20+ cupboards.

    We had just moved in, and I was looking for the mixer. I called out to my wife “Where is the mixer?”.
    “In the kitchen” she replied.
    “I’m in the kitchen”, I called, “where in the kitchen?”.

    “In the cupboard” she said.

  6. Rafe

    Robert, where would you expect to find the mixer?

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