Author Archives: Rafe Champion

Michael Kirby on North Korea and Otto Warmbier

Last Tuesday Michael Kirby gave a significant talk at the Sydney Institute. It is a talk that he has given many times in his capacity as author of the UN report on human rights in that country. It had extra … Continue reading

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Not by bread and technology alone. A thought for the day.

Recalled after the CIS launch of Peter Kurti’s new book last night. We do not live by bread and technology alone because our lives gain meaning and purpose from the morals, mythology and metaphysics of our non-material heritage. We absorb … Continue reading

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Who really won the popular vote?

Interesting? h/t Bruce of Newcastle As many as 5.7 million noncitizens may have voted in the 2008 election, which put Barack Obama in the White House. Re the last election. Mr. Agresti’s analysis of the same polling data settled on … Continue reading

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Arty bird prints

Following up the insect prints, a collection of birds. Many of these if not all are from Audubon’s “The Birds of America” and there is a more information about the painting or print if you click on the title. John … Continue reading

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For nerds. Parvin on Popper

Phil Parvin, Karl Popper: Volume 14 in the series Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers. Continuum, London. Reviewed for Quadrant a few years ago. Full review. Continuum Press is printing a series of 20 books on major conservative and libertarian thinkers. … Continue reading

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John Ray. Conservatism as heresy

John Ray has devoted a great deal of his life to dissecting leftism and one of his early achievements in 1974 was a collection of papers titled Conservatism as Heresy. This was well ahead of the visible revival of liberal/conservative … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm on plain packaging failure

Amanda is in a rush and running low on fuel. She pulls into a servo showing a good price on its billboard, and stops at a pump offering the fuel she wants. None of that ethanol crap for her. After … Continue reading

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Opportunity costs

Wondering how many children in the Third World could get clean drinking water for the price of the subsidies for rooftop solar in the west? Add the price of subsidies for windmills etc. Judging from some of the comments we … Continue reading

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For the art and insect lover

Whether you are an entomology expert, a bug enthusiast or simply a curious passerby, we hope you enjoy this artwork devoted to some of the world’s most exquisite creatures.

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Thomas Barlow and the theory of nothing

Thomas Barlow is best known for his work on science policy and Australian achievements in research and development. Thomas Barlow has been a research fellow at Oxford University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a columnist with the Financial … Continue reading

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