Author Archives: Guest Author

Cross Post: Jim Rose – Tax reforms lead to higher taxes

After the 1970s tax revolts and California’s Proposition 13, Buchanan and Brennan wrote The Power to Tax. Their message was that if you don’t always trust governments, beware of efficient taxes. More efficient taxes make it easier for government to extract … Continue reading

Posted in Cross Post, Economics and economy, Taxation | 19 Comments

Guest Post: Mk50 of Brisbane – National Socialism and international Socialism

Once again the old canard of ‘the National Socialists were not Socialists’ has been raised in the open thread. This is getting rather boring, but it’s a perennial weed, so lets address it if only to clear the open threads … Continue reading

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Gratuitous Advertising: Lessons from the Victorian Election

What are the lessons for the Liberal Party from the Victorian Government’s historic loss in the 2014 state election?What message should Tony Abbott and the Federal Liberal Party take away from this stunning defeat? The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance is proud … Continue reading

Posted in Gratuitous Advertising, State Politics | 51 Comments

Guest Post: B.P. Terpstra – Nick McCallum stands up for freedom of speech equality

When one writes a post on freedom of speech, one is obligated to misattribute the following quote to Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” I prefer to … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Anon – Nimble as government

Nimble Smart Loans – you have probably seen the ads – is really an allegory of Government. In the ad, a selfie-obsessed young woman finds that her phone bill is out of control. The hipster dressed as a rabbit has … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, Guest Post | 23 Comments

Guest Post: Fisky – After the Paris attacks, free speech opponents are running for cover

The Islamist terrorist attack on French satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ is the worst atrocity against an intellectual cause in the past generation. Nevertheless, if anything good ever comes of this horror, it will be the destruction of the anti-free speech … Continue reading

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Gratuitous Advertising: Labour relations for a resilient economy

Australian tour by economist PROFESSOR BERND FITZENBERGER of Freiburg University 16-20 February 2015 Professor Fitzenberger will speaking in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth on the German model for labour relations and its contribution to German competitiveness and employment in the last decade. … Continue reading

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Guest Post: A Christmas Tale – Splatacrobat

It was my dad’s birthday this week and he would have been 83 but passed away this January. This song is significant to my family as our dad used to sing it to us when we were children on Christmas … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues | 62 Comments

Guest Post: Philippa Martyr – Double Demerits on Terrorism

[With apologies to Brian of Moorabbin, who I love like a brother.] Last night on the news, I watched with interest as WA Police kicked off the Christmas double-demerits season. Police on road bridges used long-range cameras to track and … Continue reading

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Guest Post: MuddyPuppy – A Rant

My paternal grandfather actively fought his enemies in the Second World War. Like most of his generation, he took up arms against the organised forces which were threatening his way of life. As loathe as I am to diminish the … Continue reading

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