Author Archives: Steve Kates

The Party of Preservation

In every Western country the political division comes down to the Party of Multiculturalism versus the Party of Preservation. So two things from today. First the Government, our Party of Preservation, has introduced a new multicultural policy. Here is how … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues | 27 Comments

If it’s not value adding it does not add to growth

Let me go back to something I have managed to avoid for a while, the absence of penetration in modern economic theory. Governments waste spectacular amounts of our productive resources on projects that will never turn a dime and are … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy | 31 Comments

Understanding why it happened and what it means

So the Australian uses a former speechwriter for Tony Blair to criticise Donald Trump. And his vehicle is another one of these low grade intellects, P.J. O’Rourke who was in the baggage hold for Hillary from start to end. Here … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Gratuitous Advertising | 59 Comments

A modern case study on the evils of socialism

Venezuela is the most important case study on the evils of socialism in the world today which is why you hear so little about it. But this did come up today: Venezuela has a bread shortage. The government has decided … Continue reading

Posted in Economics on the left, Socialism | 50 Comments

Donald Trump, conservatism and free trade

I realise we live in a world of economic solipsism, where virtually nothing of the past endures while the most superficial gloss passes for deep profundity. The reason I bring it up is that occasionally I am accused of misunderstanding … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Classical Economics, Philosophy | 75 Comments

DD+DR+M vs R+T

Watching American politics remains as depressing as ever. There are the Democrats who run as Democrats (DD), there are the Democrats who run as Republicans (DR), there are the Republicans (R) and then there’s Donald Trump (T). And running far … Continue reading

Posted in American politics | 11 Comments

It’s still not too late for the Feds

WA election: Joe Francis says Colin Barnett should have been dumped last year. Are we looking to the future? Are they listening in Canberra? One of Colin Barnett’s senior ministers, Joe Francis, has launched an extraordinary attack on the Liberal … Continue reading

Posted in Federal Politics | 78 Comments

The Art of the Impossible

The Art of the Impossible is now out in the world and can be bought on line either here in Australia or anywhere at all here at Amazon. I thought originally that the aim should be to have the book … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Elections, History | 16 Comments

Where was the PM? he asks

This is Zeg at Quadrant on Line. Beautifully drawn and very much to the point. Here is the text: Bill Leak was forced to move his home and family to a secret location after being marked for death by Islamic … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story | 79 Comments

How fortunate we are to have The Australian

I would just like to put in a word for The Australian in the midst of our mourning the passing of Bill Leak. He was the bravest cartoonist in the world but he could only have reached his audience because … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Media | 53 Comments