Author Archives: Sinclair Davidson

2000AD is 40 years old.

Posted in 2000AD tragics | 20 Comments

Shocking revelations from the public service

A headline in the Herald Sun caught my attention this afternoon: Why Australia’s public sector is failing As they say, Click bait. Anyway I clicked. Oh, the outrage, the horror of it all. A former ATO staff member told … Continue reading

Posted in Shut it down. Fire them all., Uncategorized | 25 Comments

But, but, but … peer review.

Dick Puddlecote draws our attention to a very amusing editorial in Tobacco Control. Despite careful review and selection procedures, no journal can guarantee that everything published is accurate, or that all readers will agree with the authors’ interpretation of findings. … Continue reading

Posted in Plain Packaging, Shut it down. Fire them all., Take Nanny down | 11 Comments

Kenneth Arrow 1921 – 2017

The famous post-war neo-classical economist Ken Arrow has passed away at the age of 95. Update: Harry Clarke has a nice post dealing with Arrow’s contribution.

Posted in Economics and economy | 5 Comments

Wednesday Forum: January 22, 2017

Posted in Open Forum | 1,570 Comments

How much?

Another day and anther bunch of do-gooder tax-seeking statists arguing that a tax will make the world a wonderful and safe place. This time it is an obesity tax.  WHEN two out of three Australian adults and one in four … Continue reading

Posted in Take Nanny down, Taxation | 128 Comments

It is the end of times (or something)

Two op-eds have caught my eye today. The first by Gideon Rachman of the Financial Times and reproduced in the AFR: The idea that the middle-class and the young will always be the most stalwart supporters of democracy is also … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, History, Libertarians don't live by argument alone, Oppressive government | 92 Comments

Q&A Forum: February 20, 2017

Posted in Open Forum | 224 Comments

Trump v the media

Bret Stephens, a columnist at the Wall Street Journal, delivered the annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture and discussed the relationship between Donald Trump and the US media. Some of you may have noticed that we’re living through a period in which … Continue reading

Posted in Media | 46 Comments

Wise words

The values of ordinary voters never were the social media values of Left environmentalism, feminist fundamentalism, asylum-seeker advocacy and anti-business hysteria. Voters may tolerate such enthusiasms, especially among the young, in times of prosperity, but in the low-wages growth post-GFC … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story | 16 Comments