Rafe’s Roundup 11 April

Philosophy in the Blue Mountains. On the theme of Turncoats, Keith Windschuttle will talk about his experience and another talk will cover David Horowitz.

Keep up to date with the Shaken and Stirred Events!

Industrial Relations. Gerard Henderson on The Return of the IR Club.

Contrary to the mythology, Work Choices did not dismantle the centralised system – which explains why the Fair Work legislation, which replaced it, was implemented so readily. Most of the legislative infrastructure that supported a centralised industrial tribunal making binding award decisions remained on the statute books. Moreover, the WorkChoices Act ran for hundreds of pages – and its numerous sections must have been regulating something. It had more to do with moving the focus of regulation – from the regulation of arbitration to the regulation of bargaining – than with deregulation.

Books. Some beautiful libraries of the world. The Pascall Prize for reviewing.

The Pascall Prize was conceived as a biennial literary award for creative writers who had made original and distinctive contributions to Australia’s cultural life. In 1990, to better reflect the work and personal interests of the late Geraldine Pascall, it was decided that the Prize should be awarded annually to a critic or reviewer who contributed regularly in Australia to a newspaper, periodical, or on radio or television. This has now been extended to include the internet.[1]

It was also agreed that the Pascall Prize would be awarded to a critic working in the areas of literature, art (including design and architecture), food and or wine, music, musical theatre, dance and or drama, film, television or radio. Only sport was specifically excluded.

Wiliam Faulkner books. Picasso books. Young adult books. Bargains you missed in March!

Manly footballers encourage readers.

The literacy of law students.

Environment. German romantic roots of Green socialism. h/t RAS a persistent lurker. Green Tape.

Ukraine. Almost 200 years ago, problems for peace lovers.

For his efforts in gaining a true understanding of global conflicts, and for seeking a policy of negotiation and anti-nationalism, Cobden was declared to be un-patriotic and a friend to the great enemy Russia during the Crimean war. Cobden, who had perhaps done more to consistently advance the cause of liberty than anyone else in Europe of his day, was declared to be a friend of despots.

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 Watch Dog [refreshed on Friday afternoon]

Add Don Aitkin to your list of favorites, but struggle to handle the great material he turns up. Today he posted a beautiful block of test. Read the whole thing.

We have learned nothing from the incredible discoveries of the 19th and 20th centuries. People always make predictions as if the technology and economy they had yesterday is the technology that will be dominant in 20 years, and then wonder why catastrophic predictions made on the basis of that technology or economy fail. The population bomb was defused by the green revolution. Widespread stories of “the end of oil” proved premature. The cold war continued right up to the day it more or less abruptly ended. My cell phone would have been classified as an “armament” by the US government a mere twenty years ago, and my laptop would have been worth a billion dollars twenty five years ago — people would have killed to possess it, governments would have fought wars to keep it out of “the wrong hands” with its dual core gigaflop scale CPUs, its terabyte scale storage, its gigabytes of RAM, its uber-fast network.

New on the block. Regular contributor Jim Rose has gone feral and utopian!

How we live. Behind the scenes with the stars. Cars.

For nerds. Melvyn Bragg’s radio program. Guide to The Open Society and its Enemies in Japanese, thanks to Makoto Kogawara.

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10 Responses to Rafe’s Roundup 11 April

  1. MT Isa Miner

    wow, Rafe. ecofacism trail.

    “Man and Earth” anticipated just about all of the themes of the contemporary ecology movement. It decried the accelerating extinction of species, disturbance of global ecosystemic balance, deforestation, destruction of aboriginal peoples and of wild habitats, urban sprawl, and the increasing alienation of people from nature. In emphatic terms it disparaged Christianity, capitalism, economic utilitarianism, hyperconsumption and the ideology of ‘progress.’ It even condemned the environmental destructiveness of rampant tourism and the slaughter of whales, and displayed a clear recognition of the planet as an ecological totality. All of this in 1913 !

    so the Godless totalitarians worshipped “gaia” 100 years ago. Those greenloons are SOO last century!

  2. jupes

    Those cars are fantastic Rafe.

    The Lincoln Futura looks like they modelled the 1960′s Batmobile from it and the Buick Ghia is a car of beauty.

  3. Rabz

    1959 GM Firebird III

    What an extraordinary vehicle. You’d feel cheated that it couldn’t take off.

  4. On beautiful libraries, I recommend James W. P. Campbell & [photographs by] Will Pryce, The Library: A World History (Thames & Hudson: London, 2013). It’s currently $66.92 at bookdepository.com.
    A review with piccies.

  5. eb

    Hey Jupes, that Lincoln Futura IS the Batmobile.
    Apparently, built in Italy for $250k in 1955, it was sold to the guy who was asked to build a batmobile for the TV show, for $1 in the mid-60s. He didn’t have time to build one from scratch so used the Lincoln.

  6. Aynsley Kellow

    Rafe et al,
    Robert Proctor’s The Nazi War on Cancer is a must read: a regime with a love of nature, vigorous public health campaigns (against smoking, chemical dyes, for wholesome foods…), antivivisectionist, and (my personal favourite) an organic garden at Dachau. Ultimately, the cancer analogy was extended to Jews.

    As Proctor emphasises, environmentalism doesn’t necessarily lead down this path, but we should be very, very careful of any accompanying calls to limit freedom and abandon liberal democracy.

  7. Cold-Hands

    I see The Australian is mirroring Media Watchdog now that Gerard Henderson is in their stable. But what the? It’s behind the paywall?

  8. calli

    I’ll have the Caddie Ghia Coupe (mmmm…nice whitewalls). The Ford X-2000…not so much.

  9. jupes

    Hey Jupes, that Lincoln Futura IS the Batmobile.

    Thanks for that eb.

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