Rafe’s Roundup 16 May

World news: The Heritage Freedom Index. Very hard to believe that we rank number three! Doesn’t say much for the rest of the world.

Climate. What about some tolerance in the scientific community? The danger of upsetting the establishment.

Sport. Tribute to Tom Hafey.

How we live. Entrepreneurs in the USA, check out the market entrpreneurs and the political entrpreneurs. Big difference. At a glance it looks as though most of the fastest growing sectors are political parasites. More on entrepreneurs:Stephen Hicks. Living in the south of the USA.

Books. Something for the field naturalists.

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
Don Aitkin.
Jim Rose, feral and utopian!

For nerds. Melvyn Bragg’s radio program. de Jassay on the economic commentary of the Pope. For leftwing nerds, Heterodox Economics. Peter Boettke on the liberalism of classical liberalism. Pedro Schwartz on whether ideas matter.

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11 Responses to Rafe’s Roundup 16 May

  1. Toiling Mass

    The Heritage Freedom Index. Very hard to believe that we rank number three! Doesn’t say much for the rest of the world.

    We might have done better if we had our freedoms defined – such as “All Australians shall be endowed with the inalienable right to say anything…of which the government and/or victim groups approve.”

    That is what freedom of speech would be like in a any Bill of Rights were offered, right?

  2. Rafe, how Denmark gets up to the high-end of the index of economic freedom puzzles me.

    Having Hong Kong near to Denmark in an index of economic freedom is an abomination.

  3. Alex Davidson

    The methodology used by the Heritage Foundation is slanted towards the interests of big government & crony capitalism, so it isn’t all that surprising we rank #3.

    For example, they define property rights as “a qualitative assessment of the extent to which a country’s legal framework allows individuals to freely accumulate private property, secured by clear laws that are enforced effectively by the government”. That doesn’t cover the essence of ownership, which is control of the owned resource. Mere accumulation of resources whose use is tightly controlled by the government (think of planning controls) doesn’t equate to respect for private property rights.

    Other similar criticisms apply – e.g. they assume that central banking and fiat money are necessary and good.

  4. Michel Lasouris

    Seven times the other morning, the ABC reported the death of a sportsperson. And all in a period under two hours. Several ‘reporters’ had a go; all repeating the basic facts that a footballer cum coach, and fitness freak had played for several teams and coached several others with varying degrees of success….. and then died…wait for it…at 84years old.
    Curiously, I’d never heard his name at all over the past 40 years; not that this is significant, but still…..We were even given the name of the wife and three daughters left behind.
    Then the ABC bimbo made this killer (sorry) statement ‘this immortal of the game …has died.’
    Hardly surprising at 84 I would have thought. So where’s the ‘news’ in that?
    Sad for the family, but he ran the race of life, and 84 ain’t a bad innings, eh?

  5. Greg

    Great article on Ben Sasse, a Conservative who just won the GOP Senate Primary in Nebraska, and should win the election easily.

    “But when you have a voter ask you, ‘tell me what you’re going to do to create jobs?’ Politicians left, right and center will start answering the question with about how they’re going to create jobs as a politician. What I answer every time, is, ‘well, first of all, I’m not a politician, I’m doing this for the first time. But I’m going to tell you the truth. Because I’m running for political office, and my job is to create a framework for ordered liberty and to take an oath to the Constitution and affirm the ‘you did build that’ worldview. Politicians don’t create jobs! Entrepreneurs, and business owners and neighborhoods create jobs.”

  6. ‘this immortal of the game …has died.’
    We learned on Wednesday night’s ABC News that Tommy Hafey*, who died on Tuesday , was “in every sense of the word a true immortal”!
    In very sense? Not, it seems, in the word’s main sense of “never dying”.

    * Hafey was 82; perhaps you heard of yet another sportsman’s death.

  7. Rabz

    perhaps you heard of yet another sportsman’s death.

    Reg Gasnier, I’d bet.

  8. Reg Gasnier, I’d bet.

    I’ll take that bet; Reg Gasnier was 74.

  9. Michel Lasouris

    No, I’m fairly sure it was Mr Hafey. But hey what’s 2 years when you’re in your eighties ; it’s still hardly warrants such overplay on the ABC

  10. Rabz

    This remains the only occasion in the history of Australian journalism where a columnist has resigned in protest at his editor receiving an award from a dog.

    If you want to know who the columnist is you’ll have to read the dog’s blog.

  11. papachango

    Then the ABC bimbo made this killer (sorry) statement ‘this immortal of the game …has died.’

    Seems the ABC are big on both oxymorons and tautologies. their other big headline this week:

    Opposition to oppose $13B budget cuts


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