Category Archives: Books and writing

Jordan Peterson interviews Stephen Hicks

From the link to the video. Jordan Peterson speaks with Dr. Stephen Hicks – [born in Toronto I might add] – professor in the philosophy department at Rockford University in Illinois. Dr. Hicks is the author of the influential and … Continue reading

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Just a few names that come to mind …

Jack the Insider had a bit of an incoherent rant on Friday about the MUP kerfuffle.  But this comment seems strange: I am trying to remember the last time anyone who spent their lives in the cloistered world of academia … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Chris Berg and others

A super productive year for Chris Berg of the RMIT Collective. Lets celebrate the achievements of our think leaders and the evil dwarf. Not to mention Steve Kates. Steve Kates? I said not to mention Steve Kates. With apologies to … Continue reading

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Culture at a Crisis Point

I bought Giles Auty’s “Post-Modernist Australia” at the Connor Court Christmas party, read it on the plane up to Sydney and as soon as I reached Sydney, headed down to Abbey’s Books where I bought his Culture at Crisis Point … Continue reading

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How to turn A Life Untold into a living personal history

What I know about my grandparents today are hit and miss memories of people who were already really old by the time I entered into their lives (although around 25 years younger than I am right now). What I truly … Continue reading

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Catallaxy Literary Awards Christmas Present Suggestions

It is a sad fact that neither of my books made it into the finals of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards this year. Given who the Prime Minister was at the time, and the subject matter of the books, I … Continue reading

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New England bookshops to visit in the fall.

The stores. Enjoy! Wind and Other doing 7.5% of demand before breakfast.

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50% RET and other fantasies

Nominate your favourite fantasy story. And remember, the truth is stranger than fiction.

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A reading list of original and influential liberal thinkers

This just arrived in my inbox and may be of interest. The question asked is, in effect, who among the great liberal philosophers should be included in a course on Western Civilisation. Dear colleagues and friends,   For the 175th … Continue reading

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ABC Fact Check: Error-ridden and misleading The fisking edition

The RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit did a fact check on Chris Berg and my claim in our recent book Against Public Broadcasting: Why and how we should privatise the ABC and repeated in an article in The Spectator and on Sky … Continue reading

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