Author Archives: Rafe Champion

Arthur Lovejoy on communists and academic freedom

Arthur Lovejoy (1873-1962) was a great historian of ideas and an important philosopher in the US ranking second to John Dewey between the wars. In 1913 Lovejoy raised a protest at the dismissal of an economist from Stanford because the … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Rafe | 22 Comments

Karl Popper on education

A collection of comments and criticism from the pen of Chairman Karl, the Great Helmsman of critical rationalism. “The mental power”, T. H. Huxley wrote in A Liberal Education, “which will be of most importance in your…life will be the … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Rafe | 5 Comments

David Leyonhjelm: Solar Subsidy not so Sunny

Government subsidies are driving a boom in the installation of rooftop solar panels, paid for by those without panels. That perennial beneficiary of government largesse, Elon Musk, is now proposing many more should be added to roofs in South Australia. … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Guest Post | 47 Comments

The foreseeable future in the US belongs to hydrocarbons aka fossil fuels.

Of course if you want power that is less reliable and more expensive, take the Australian road. Courtesy of Jo Nova these are the numbers crunched by the American Energy Information Agency (EIA). According to their best estimates (and even … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 19 Comments

The state of free speech in Britain

Not good. Our survey, ranking 115 UK universities using our traffic-light system, shows that 55 per cent of universities now actively censor speech, 39 per cent stifle speech through excessive regulation, and just six per cent are truly free, open … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom of speech, Rafe | 16 Comments

International recognition for John Hyde

Thanks to a feed from the indefatigable Ron Manners. Thank you John! The subject of the tenth essay in this Heroes for Liberty from Around the Globe series is a man I was fortunate to meet in person in Perth, … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Rafe | 13 Comments

Rogernomics in NZ

Roger Douglas writes about the reforms and deregulation that he achieved on a broad front in NZ in the 1980s under a Labor Government. He missed out the labour market. This was addressed by Ruth Richardson in the Conservative government … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Rafe | 10 Comments

The Deep State

A briefing on the power and influence of the so-called civil servants who inhabit the swamp.

Posted in American politics, Rafe | 4 Comments

Islam on the front foot in Indonesia

Alan Jones announced this morning that a coalition of Islamic and military parties in Indonesia will be pushing at a meeting this week for a radical law reform to clamp down on extramarital and gay sex. Also in The Australian. … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Rafe | 33 Comments

David Leyonhjelm on Rationalising Suicide

Suicide is a challenging topic, particularly when it involves young people with so much of their lives ahead of them. The loss of a valued friend or colleague can also be very painful. Thankfully the days of prosecuting people for … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Guest Post | 42 Comments