Author Archives: Rafe Champion

Jacques Barzun on race relations

Race: A study in superstition was first published in 1937 with the focus on the Continent and reprinted in 1965 with a new Preface on Racism Today to refer to the state of play in the USA. When injustice is … Continue reading

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No full-scale biography of Carl Menger?

Interesting situation, given the number of books that have been written about second and third order intellectual figures, how come none about Carl Menger, one of the leaders of the marginal revolution and founder of the Austrian school of economics? … Continue reading

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Nothing new under the sun

On the tidal wave unleashed in the Reformation after Martin Luther challenged the authority of the Catholic church. Described by Roger Kimball in a review of Jacques Barzun’s book Dawn to Decadence. And what a tidal wave: Manners are flouted … Continue reading

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R G Collingwood on the rise of fake news

R G Collingwood (1889-1943) was an English philosopher and historian who was obsessed with the rise of communism and state socialism while the sciences were making giant strides. This is a review of a collection of his political essays. A … Continue reading

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Roundup 15 Sept

The media watchdog. The cost, supply and use of power across the states. Check out the Coal Tracker especially Units Planned and Under Construction. China 583, India 217, Indonesia 145, Turkey 71, Vietnam 84, Japan 43, Australia 0. To a … Continue reading

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Mercury Mal vs Electricity Bill

Thinking aloud, who was the Minister who made light globes with mercury mandatory in Australia? Of course, our current PM. What is the latest on the costs and benefits of the different globes, in case it matters? Still it shows … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 27 Comments

Centre for Independent Studies Policy magazine

The latest CIS Policy is now available. More about CIS. A blast from the past which may interest the plain packaging warriors. Banning cigarette ads does not work. Trawling the Policy archive, Roger Douglas on the politics of structural reform. … Continue reading

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Honi Soit 2017. So much for the cutting edge of student journalism

Idly googling Honi Soit, the weekly student newspaper at the Uni of Sydney it was interesting/shocking/only to be expected that the masthead of the website carries this declaration, framed in black. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land, the … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm. Uneasy riders on the nanny state

It’s the pain and cost of a crash that should dictate safety wear for motorcyclists, not opinionated policemen. I was mightily pissed off the other day when I heard a senior Victorian policeman interviewed on radio, telling listeners that it … Continue reading

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Roundup 9 Sept

The media watchdog. The cost, supply and use of power across the states. Check out the Coal Tracker especially Units Planned and Under Construction. China 583, India 217, Indonesia 145, Turkey 71, Vietnam 84, Japan 43, Australia 0. To a … Continue reading

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