Author Archives: Rafe Champion

CO2 as plant food

A handy 4.5 minute lesson from the founder of Greenpeace, slaying the dragon of CO2. RIP “carbon pollution”.

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Happy birthday Karl 28 July 1902 to 1994

True ignorance. Freedom and security. Against dogmatism. “I had another good innings with Wolfgang Pauli in Zurich” (Unended Quest section 27). He might have opened the innings for Austria or even New Zealand if he only had half-decent coaching at … Continue reading

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Trade union mythology – collective bargaining evens up the share for labour

Main paper 8. Collective bargaining to even up the shares between labour and capital. Reasonable and peace-loving supporters of the labour movement may concede that violence in industrial relations is an evil, but they may argue that it is (or … Continue reading

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Downsides of the minimum wage hike in Seattle. How surprising!

What did they expect? Lose lose results all round. Some workers want less hours so they can remain eligible for low income government benefits like childcare and tax credits. And the restaurants are in trouble.

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Myths of the trade union movement no. 8 the moral legitimacy of trade union violence

It is “the duty of a union to be anti-social; the members would have a just grievance if their officials and committees ceased to put sectional interest first.” Lady Barbara Wootton of the British Labor Party. The full paper with … Continue reading

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Freezing in the dark thanks to the electricity bill

Welcome to Bill Shorten’s brave new world, the German experience. Some 800,000 German homes have been disconnected from the grid – victims of what is euphemistically called “fuel poverty”. In response, Germans have picked up their axes and have headed … Continue reading

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Around the town, activities and sites of interest

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 … Continue reading

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Trade union mythology, continued

It is “the duty of a union to be anti-social; the members would have a just grievance if their officials and committees ceased to put sectional interest first.” Lady Barbara Wootton of the British Labor Party. The 6th myth. Wages … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 23 July

Breaking News. Popper symposium in Ankara, Turkey in September. Hurry, time is running out. Reminder. Popper on the limits of tolerance, if we tolerate the intolerant, we become responsible for their deeds. Gratuitous advertising. My collection of essays, dating from … Continue reading

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Working class solidarity vs the bloody aristocracy of labour

It is “the duty of a union to be anti-social; the members would have a just grievance if their officials and committees ceased to put sectional interest first.” Lady Barbara Wootton of the British Labor Party. During the Depression Sydney … Continue reading

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