Author Archives: Sinclair Davidson

Not to mention the ABC, Fairfax, or the universities …

The Menzies Research Centre has just published some figures … The Menzies research draws on data from the Australian Electoral Commission, the Fair Work Commission and the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission. The paper calls for the reform … Continue reading

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives, Libertarians don't live by argument alone | 17 Comments

Socialism works

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives, International | 41 Comments

No kowtowing to communists

The WSJ has a sensible take on Donald Trump talking to the President of Taiwan: The U.S. media had their 19th nervous breakdown Friday after the Trump transition said the President-elect had taken a congratulatory call from Taiwan President Tsai … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, International | 79 Comments

A bit of price gouging

The Grattan Institute is proposing charging students a fee to cover the government’s cost of borrowing on the student loan scheme. At face value that seems sensible. But … All university and college students should be required to pay a … Continue reading

Posted in Education | 15 Comments

Monday Forum: December 5, 2016

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Westworld Forum

Tomorrow is the final episode of Westworld season 1. Please use this discussion forum to discuss various fan theories.

Posted in Libertarians don't live by argument alone | 44 Comments

Examine your assumptions

There is a very amusing piece in the AFR this weekend: The Grattan Institute is the exemplar of a political and economic centrism that sets the Australian policy agenda. Call it the new orthodoxy. But even the Melbourne-based think tank … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Hypocrisy of progressives, Libertarians don't live by argument alone | 47 Comments

Tyler Cowen spots some hypocrisy

Since Donald Trump has picked Betsy DeVos to be education secretary, many commentators have been pulling out their anti-school choice arguments from the closet, and for the most part it isn’t a pretty sight. To insist on a single government-run … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Hypocrisy of progressives | 25 Comments

Open Forum: December 3, 2016

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Apartheid doesn’t work like that

There is an op-ed in the Australian this morning that contains this curious sentence:* I object to public policy treating me as an “ethnic”. I claim all rights available to any Australian and demand no rights not available to every … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Ethics and morality, Hypocrisy of progressives, Libertarians don't live by argument alone, Oppressive government | 68 Comments