Author Archives: Steve Kates

The actual cost of the shut down is $300 million per life saved

I will have to apologise since I calculated the cost-per-life-saved incorrectly in my previous post. I had estimated the number at $30 million per person saved by the shutdown of the economy. I have, however, been contacted by an actuary … Continue reading

Posted in COVID-19 | 1 Comment

Daniel Andrews is right: social isolation must be maintained

I saw this letter to the editor the other day and have now come to agree with Daniel Andrews totally. Social isolation must be absolute, no exceptions, and must last until the Corona Virus is completely eradicated, not just here … Continue reading

Posted in COVID-19, Politics of the Left | 75 Comments

So how will things now change?

Obviously not guilty from the start. And as sinister as the entire episode has been, possibly the most sinister part is that one’s political beliefs are an almost perfect dye marker for how one receives the decision. For the left, … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story | 42 Comments

You know what, it can happen here

From How a Police State is Born by Steve McCann. When societies lose their freedom, it is not ordinarily because autocrats or tyrants have forcibly taken it away. It is usually the result of the population willingly surrendering their freedom … Continue reading

Posted in Market Economy, Oppressive government | 15 Comments

A reminder of what ought to be at the front of our minds right now and not brought back into the conversation when it’s too late

That is what a socialist-fascist-totalitarian looks like. And as a reminder of what’s at stake, bear this in mind: ‘The alleged cure is immensely worse than the disease’. Brendan O’Neill: We live in a country where parliament has been suspended, our … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Liberalism, COVID-19 | 39 Comments

Why are we not doing the same, and cutting salaries as well?

Now they are starting to get serious. START CUTTING DOWN ALL NON-ESSENTIAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES/SERVICES. WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD THEM, AFTER HITTING OUR ECONOMY WITH A HAMMER AND DANCING WITH LUNACY:  COVID-19: massive unemployment, except in government. This will never come … Continue reading

Posted in COVID-19, Politics of the Left | 61 Comments

A powerful state directing action must be avoided at all costs

It’s getting harder to read the papers but also not easy to break the habits of a lifetime. So what greets me on the front page of the Australian today: Tough measures working: PM. And how does he know they’re … Continue reading

Posted in Media, Politics of the Left | 64 Comments

The medical, the statistical and the political

You know, as in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. On the medical, I don’t know anything at all. I don’t know how one gets the Corona Virus, prevents it or cures it. An expertise far from my own … Continue reading

Posted in COVID-19, Politics of the Left | 45 Comments

Who knows what will come next?

I would like to discuss a previous thread by one of our anonymous posters who wrote “about the only thing of note that I haven’t mentioned is the hysterical meltdown of those on the libertarian side of things to just … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Liberalism, Conservative politics | 13 Comments

Containing viral inflation is a process that must begin right now

I am about to quote John Maynard Keynes with approval, from his 1919 Economic Consequences of the Peace. Lenin is said to have declared that the best way to destroy the capitalist system was to debauch the currency. By a … Continue reading

Posted in COVID-19, Economics and economy | 37 Comments