Rafe’s Roundup 25 June

News. 40 years after the revival of Austrian economics – see the special post.

Employment. Past peak climate science employment.

Human rights. The destruction of human rights by the Human Rights movement.

Books. Black comedy. One of the inspirations for Catch 22 was the world war 1 classic The Good Soldier Schweik, who famously said “Anyone can make a mistake, and the more a man thinks about things the more mistakes he’s bound to make”.

A rather strange book.

Some people think it’s one of the weirdest books ever published. An art book unlike any other art book. A unique and disturbing surreal parody. Grotesque and beautiful. It’s very hard to describe. Codex Seraphinianus by Italian artist Luigi Serafini is a window on a bizarre fantasy world complete with its own unique (unreadable) alphabet and numerous illustrations that borrow from the modern age but veer into the extremely unusual. It was first published in two volumes by Franco Maria Ricci in 1981.

See also Bizarre by Barry Humphries, I purchased a copy from the remainder table at the Tas Uni bookshop circa 1965 (thanks dad!).

This is Barry Humphries from his later Dada days. It’s a collection of everything weird, outlandish, unexpected and literally bizarre. Where else would you find a photograph of a three-legged man and other oddities of nature.

There is no easy way to classify, or even describe, this eclectic collection or anthology of the bizarre. There are pages on sexual topics. There are pages showing the effects of many different ways to mutilate pictures of the Mona Lisa. There is a wealth of detail, with the one theme being the bizarre nature of the contents.

This book is a lot of fun if you have an appreciation of the bizarre. It’s classical Barry Humphries, playfully satirizing the world with its own bizarreness.

That is an Amazon review by Concerned Reader: his other reviews look helpful too. Some Amazon reviewers are very helpful, I have done about 70 myself.

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.

Interesting libertarian site.
Another interesting local product, Kangaroo Court.
The Black Steam Train, not a lot of action but keep him on your radar.

Gerard Henderson’s Media Watch Dog. Don Aitkin. Jim Rose, feral and utopian!

For nerds. Melvyn Bragg’s radio program. Peter Klein on The origin of social norms.

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4 Responses to Rafe’s Roundup 25 June

  1. Lysander

    How legit is KangarooCourt of Oz?

    Seriously folks?

  2. Tom

    Thought for today (from the second link):

    Although the word ‘rights’ appears in ‘natural rights’ and ‘human rights’, the two concepts are profoundly different. One seeks to restrict the power of government and the other seeks to expand it. Whereas natural rights seek freedom from the state, human rights seek the state’s protection and assistance. More importantly, and this is the point rarely appreciated by today’s human-rights industry, whereas natural rights made democracy possible, the human-rights discourse is securing democracy’s emasculation.

    Liberty quote even.

  3. handjive

    Via the ABC Environment:

    A short history of climate denialism in Australian politics
    How Rupert Murdoch created the world’s newest climate change villain

    (Link is under “on The Wider Web” on right side of page)

  4. .

    Lysander
    #1359507, posted on June 25, 2014 at 10:54 am
    How legit is KangarooCourt of Oz?

    Seriously folks?

    Not very.

    He has progressed to waterskiing with a leather jacket.

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