Author Archives: Poor Old Rafe

The nine stages of the Picketty bubble

The nine stages, by Robert Shrimsley. h/t Michael James. Everybody has been talking about this important book because they feel they have to Concern is growing that much of the western world is heading into a “Piketty bubble” – a … Continue reading

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Guest post: Booknotes by Michael James

Peter Mair, Ruling the Void: The Hollowing-out of Western Democracy. London: Verso, 2013 The title of this book boldly evokes the gulf of alienation and contempt that in many Western democracies divides people from politicians these days. For political scientist … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm, guest post on electronic cigarettes

This was a column in The Financial Review It seems everything is illegal in Australia unless a bureaucrat gives permission. What’s worse, you have to go to the trouble and expense of asking the bureaucrat for permission, because if bureaucrats … Continue reading

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Productivity, productivity, productivity

Stop celebrating over the Carbon Tax and get back to the main game. The mantra in real estate is location, location, location. In economic policy, try “productivity”. This is a warning shot from Robert Gottleibsen. Of course Grace Collier has … Continue reading

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Guest post from David Leyonhjelm: Marriage is a private matter

From The Fin Review. Most Australians are horrified when they read stories detailing how, in some countries, parents arrange their children’s marriages and then get mighty stroppy when the kids won’t play along. The explanation for this is simple: one … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 12 July

World news. A positive take on the future of Israel. Good news from India. Good news from NSW, top of the super rugby ladder. History. Wells Fargo, stage coaches, mail and financial services. Cobb and Co. Nature study. Hippos doing … Continue reading

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Blogging on Broadway

Currently blogging on Broadway in the Happy Bagel on the corner of Broadway and W101th. Stinking humidity although only about 80F actually 24C, work that out. Drove up or down from Washington with Mark and Ieva Notturno through Baltimore, over … Continue reading

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Rafe’s roundup 4 July

World news. This is one of my favorite blogs. This is another good one as well. Climate news. Warming pause approaches 18 years. The cost of renewables. Ageing celebrities. Remember Ralph Nader? Nice picture of a big tree. Books. First … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka & the fruits of affirmative acton

Picking up the civil war theme from the open thread. Sowell did a worldwide study of affirmative action. The most destructive result of preference policies is the polarization of whole societies, as in Sir Lanka, Nigeria (with the attempted Ibo … Continue reading

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Guest post: David Leyonhjelm. A new era in the Senate

From The Fin Review The first of July 2014 will be my first day as a Senator, representing NSW and the Liberal Democratic Party. I hope history will say it was the day we got to work putting Godzilla back … Continue reading

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