Author Archives: Rafe Champion

David Leyonhjelm on the Senate crossbench

Some people like to describe the current Senate as musical chairs. It’s true there is considerable movement between seats, but the music hasn’t stopped and nobody is missing out on somewhere to sit. We need a better analogy. I wonder … Continue reading

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China cuts solar subsidies to reduce the cost of power

Jo Nova reports that solar stocks in China have fallen in the wake of reduced subsidies. The idea is to have cheaper power. Why didn’t we think of that? As Steve put it Why is Australia the last to know?

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 26 Comments

Light relief and Dan Mitchell on freedom of association

Stairs with a difference. Dan Mitchell on the gay marriage and wedding cake episode.

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Tax cuts doing good in the USA

Dan Mitchell sends news from the US and an optimistic mention of corporate tax cuts in Australia.

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Trump’s progress with deregulation

Tracking site in case you missed it. Better than a poke in the eye with a stick. h/t Confused old misfit. There is also the vibe of it. Business knows that the man in the White House is not out … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Rafe | 35 Comments

David Leyonhjelm on libertarianism and optimism

When I became the first overt libertarian to be elected to the Australian Senate in 2013, I thought I would use my maiden speech to try and sum up my world view. In this speech, I outlined why I believe … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm on the morality of taxation

Last week I had planned to ask the nice people at the AFR to accompany my column with a chart showing the income tax paid under current law, income tax paid from July if the Coalition’s budget plan is passed, … Continue reading

Posted in Ethics and morality, Taxation | 52 Comments

David Leyonhjelm guest post on the budget

When someone does something they shouldn’t, it’s often the cover-up that heralds their downfall rather than the original error. In Tuesday’s budget the Coalition Government broke its commitment to offset new spending measures with reductions in spending elsewhere. For a … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Federal Politics, Guest Post | 19 Comments

Utopian aspirations from Plato to Marx, Mao and Pol Pot

Chapter 9 of The Open Society and Its Enemies Perfectionism and Utopianism. Don’t miss the bonus link at the end! Everything has got to be smashed to start with. Our whole damned civilization has got to go, before we can … Continue reading

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Marx and the coming of the socialist utopia

Chapter 18: of The Open Society and Its Enemies by Karl Popper (1945) The Coming of Socialism In this chapter and the two that follow, Popper tested the coherence of the chain of predictions that Marx made for the coming … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Rafe | 11 Comments