Author Archives: Rafe Champion

Rafe’s Roundup Sept 27

Interview with Syrian rebel group near Aleppo (translation from German). h/t Tel. “The Americans stand on our side”. PEOPLE IN THE KNOW China’s only high-end English radio interview program, featuring events that shape not only China, but the world as … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup Sept 24

Gerard Henderson’s Media Watchdog. Accuracy in Academia. CIS Policy Quarterly is available on line. Spectator Life. Spiked. Read about Freedom for Freshers on campus. Freshers’ week, once a time full of boozing, socialising and awkward dorm-room fumblings, is now little … Continue reading

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Australian Academy of Science is officially politicized

The Australian Academy of Science has a slick publication to answer some basic questions about climate science. Produced in 2010 and updated last year it attracted some pungent comments from Garth Paltridge in The Australian. The problem is that, after … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm guest post on free speech

I recently lodged a complaint under Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act in response to an article written by the journalist Mark Kenny. What he wrote was unlawful under that section. My objective, in lodging the complaint, was to … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup Sept 17

Gerard Henderson’s Media Watchdog. The Spectator. Charles Murray on the culture wars and the social divisions in the US. Judith Curry’s week of political pieces. Challenging a doctor of philosophy for his demand that Malcolm Roberts should follow the so-called … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup Sept 15

Hot off the press. An introduction to the most important philosopher of the twentieth century, Karl Popper, a game-breaker in the philosophy of science and author of one of the great works of classical liberalism, The Open Society and Its … Continue reading

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Free speech and Australian exceptionalism

FREE SPEECH Judith Curry kicks off the new semester in US universities with a roundup of items related to free speech. Jeremy Sammut on a collection of papers on “Australian exceptionalism” edited by William Coleman. Interesting to compare this with … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm on the Government’s balance sheet

The Commonwealth Government was $70 billion in the black at the end of the Howard era. It is now $265 billion in the red, equivalent to $11,000 for every single Australian. And as each new budget brings a deficit, we … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup Sept 4

Gerard Henderson’s media watchdog. How the welfare state undermines the moral framework of society. Reposting an important link which Judith put up a few days ago. One of the great socialist stories is the way that the Swedes and their … Continue reading

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The triumph of Chairman Mao

Celebrations are planned to honour the achievements of Mao in China after the capture of the mainland by his communist forces in 1949. Concerts are to be held in Sydney and Melbourne town halls to honour Chinese communist leader Mao … Continue reading

Posted in Economics on the left, History, Rafe, Terrorism | 6 Comments