Author Archives: I am Spartacus

Compare and Contrast

In the AFR today is a recycle of an oped by Robert Rubin in the Washington Post.  It is titled: America’s debt has exploded. Why does no one care? Robert Rubin is the former US Treasury Secretary under President Bill … Continue reading

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Possibly the funniest thing you will read today

As reported in the Fairfax press from the Hayne Royal Commission: Hostplus chief executive David Elia has defended spending $260,000 of the fund’s money hosting employers at last year’s Australian Open, saying it was important to keep up with competitors. … Continue reading

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Public Servant Politicians

The Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) appears to be having an ideas shin dig at Byron Bay. Talk about dining with the Devil.  And at this shin dig, former Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (and Australian … Continue reading

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The world has gone mad

Spartacus is not a fan of President Trump.  To the extent that this matters to anyone but Spartacus, but Spartacus has supported somethings the President has done, but has criticised other things. But this item from the US just shows … Continue reading

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23.9% and Taxation by other means

The Liberal-National Coalition Government has a stated budget policy of not collecting more than 23.9% of GDP in tax. What a laughable objective. It reminds Spartacus of a “strategy” executive in an organisation he once work for who convinced the … Continue reading

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Catallaxy Exclusive – Spartacus Satire

Your correspond Spartacus has recently posted a number of satirical posts designed to highlight the folly and lunacy of our political overlords.  The most recent of these posts was: Catallaxy Exclusive – Labor Promises to Expand ACMA and ACCC Armory. … Continue reading

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Catallaxy Exclusive – Labor Promises to Expand ACMA and ACCC Armory

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has announced that a future Labor Government will legislate to empower and resource both the Australian Media and Communications Authority (ACMA) and the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) to embed teams of regulatory agents into … Continue reading

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Der Kommissar

There is an excellent oped in the AFR today about the Liberal-National Government’s decision to embed ASIC officials into banks with the potential to embed them later into other businesses.  This on top of the recently implemented Liberal-National Government’s BEAR … Continue reading

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White Privilege Conference

You may think this a joke, but it is not.  There is an annual conference in the US called the White Privilege Conference.  When Spartacus stumbled across this, he thought it was another Nigerian Email (Marketing) Conference.  But no.  Unlike … Continue reading

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Add this one to your lexicon – intersectionality

The disease is already here.  It just has a name now.  And the name is intersectionality. According to Wikipedia, intersectionality is: is an analytic framework which attempts to identify how interlocking systems of power impact those who are most marginalized in … Continue reading

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