Author Archives: Sinclair Davidson

Q&A Forum: October 23, 2017

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Jeffrey A. Tucker: An Aesthetic of Liberty

Liberty-minded people are doing a lot of soul-searching these days. It’s probably needed. In case you haven’t heard, many academic and media observers are on a hunt to discover the origin of the bizarre and violent alt-right (Klan, Nazi, and … Continue reading

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Monday Forum: October 23, 2017

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Open Forum: October 21, 2017

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Devarim 30: 19

Paul Keating has an important op-ed in the Fairfax press: The justifications offered by the bill’s advocates – that the legal conditions are stringent or that the regime being authorised will be conservative – miss the point entirely. What matters … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Ethics and morality | 46 Comments

Can machines be entrepreneurial?

Stephen Schwartz has an op-ed in the Daily Telegraph today talking about machine marking in education. All up I agree with his arguments – but this paragraph struck me as being wrong. Critics also claim that computers will never be … Continue reading

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Opening statement to House Standing Committee on Tax and Revenue Inquiry into Taxpayer Engagement with the Taxation System

Chris Berg and I appeared before a House of Representatives committee this afternoon talking about the Blockchain and taxation. Our opening statement is below. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ We have been asked to make some points about the effect blockchain and similar technologies … Continue reading

Posted in Cryptoeconomics | 21 Comments

Thoughts on university reform

This caught my eye this morning: Universities would lose control over the salaries of vice-chancellors under a plan floated by Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm. “Australian public universities are crying poor while the averag­e salary package for their vice-chancellors is now … Continue reading

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Wednesday Forum: October 18, 2017

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Is Treasury leaking against the government?

This story reported in the Australian caught my attention: Labor treasury spokesman Chris Bowen has quoted an email exchange between disgraced former Treasury official Godwin Grech and the government’s preferred candidate for ASIC chairman, John O’Sullivan, in justifying Labor’s campaign … Continue reading

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