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.
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.
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.
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.