Author Archives: Sinclair Davidson

Some good advice from Vernon Smith

Growth in both employment and output depends vitally on new and young companies. Unfortunately, U.S. firms face exceptionally high corporate income-tax rates, the highest in the developed world at 35%, which hobbles growth and investment. Now the Obama administration is … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy | 13 Comments

The right to protest

I have an op-ed up at The Conversation were I talk about protests that the environmental movement engage in: I’m going to take as my starting point that protest is legitimised by the rule of law. The kind of acceptable … Continue reading

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals | 120 Comments

Simon Chapman – hide the increase

The anti-smoking lobby are much like the carbon tax crowd – they’ll say anything any time to support their cause. Here is Simon Chapman in The Drum today: A tobacco-loving English blogger noticed that in the 12-17 year age group … Continue reading

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives, Take Nanny down, Uncategorized | 32 Comments

Abbott-derangement

Abbottville is the logical conclusion of a disastrous policy framework first inaugurated in 1983 by Hawke and Keating. For thirty years, this policy framework has led to the marketisation and pricing of nearly all social activities. Abbott’s agenda is merely … Continue reading

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives, Libertarians don't live by argument alone, Media | 38 Comments

A series of graphs

This morning the ABS released the June quarter CPI figures: The CPI rose 3.0% through the year to the June quarter 2014, following a rise of 2.9% through the year to the March quarter 2014. So I thought it might … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy | 29 Comments

Wednesday Forum: July 23, 2014

Posted in Open Forum | 1,116 Comments

Too big to fail is not an economic problem

We hear a lot about regulating the banking system and getting away from the “Too Big to Fail” problem. In this excellent op-ed Chris Berg tells it how it is: … no matter what the Murray Inquiry recommends – no … Continue reading

Posted in Federal Politics, Financial Services | 45 Comments

Does her dad own a brewery?

Okay – so Palmer United Party Senator Jacqui Lambie was a bit saucy on the radio today: Speaking on Heart 107.3’s Kim and Dave Show this morning, Ms Lambie revealed that she hasn’t been in a relationship in 11 years … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Libertarians don't live by argument alone | 241 Comments

Q & A Forum: July 21, 2014

Posted in Open Forum | 256 Comments

If only 18c allowed us to speak as frankly in Australia …

(via JB and Kae)

Posted in International | 217 Comments