Higher miseducation. John Roskam on the closing of the Australian mind.
Instead of welcoming a world-class public policy thinker coming to Australia and to their university, academics and students at the University of Western Australia are outraged. The vice-president of the university’s staff association talked of having the funding revoked, while the student guild launched a ‘Say No to Bjorn Lomborg’ campaign.
Lomborg’s problem is he’s a climate “contrarian”. As the The Guardian newspaper has helpfully pointed out a climate “contrarian” is someone who is not a climate “denialist” but who nevertheless says things that “infuriate” people who believe climate change is the world’s most serious and urgent problem.
For the prehistory of that tendency in the US, see the contribution of Jacques Barzun on the decline of the American universities and the trashing of the “house of intellect”.
Around the town. Hendo and the media watchdog [Updated on Friday afternoon]. The Australian Institute for Progress, (AIP) “because the future does not look after itself”. IPA HEY. The Sydney Institute. Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Quadrant on line, Mannkal Foundation, Centre for Independent Studies.
Education, accuracy in academia.
For nerds. Melvyn Bragg’s radio program. Stephen Hicks, always interesting for nerds. Austrian economics in China. The results of the peer review process (in a picture). Thought-provoking stuff from Peter Boettke and others at Coordination Problem.