Category Archives: Books and writing

A new society shattering statistic

In 2004 I introduced a new statistic to the Australian policy debate: In 1996/97, the top 25% of income earners paid 61% of total net tax; by 2000/01 they were paying 64% of it. At the time this caused a … Continue reading

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Philip Roth has passed away

If you asked me to name my favourite author, it wouldn’t be Philip Roth, although I may have read more of his novels than any other fiction writer I can think of, so perhaps he is. Alas, he will write … Continue reading

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Sometimes the good die old

Working the Graveyard Shift here at Catallaxy as I do, I thought I should mention for the record the passing of two of the all-time great authors. The first is Bernard Lewis, and this is from Roger Franklin at Quadrant … Continue reading

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My Quadrant review of Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life

Here are the final lines of my review of Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life. I can do no more than encourage you to read the book. There is nothing else like it and I cannot praise it enough. This … Continue reading

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“Lepanto” by Chesterton and a metaphysical hangover

In the The Spectator “Low Life” column this week Jeremy Clarke described what Kingsley Amis (apparently a connoisseur of the phenomenon) called a “metaphysical hangover”. Apart from the usual feeling of being unwell there is a compound of depression, sadness … Continue reading

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Jordan Peterson and his misunderstood lobster tale

Thank you for your patience regarding the possibility of extra events during Dr Peterson’s Australian tour. I have been advised by Dr Peterson’s office today, that Dr Peterson will not be giving any additional talks on this tour due to his … Continue reading

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The ABC is a bargain

Today we read in The Australian: “Back in 1987, your ABC famously cost each Australian eight cents a day. In 1987 dollar terms we now cost each Australian just four cents a day. In other words, our per-capita funding has … Continue reading

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John Jay Chapman quotes you should know even if you don’t know who John Jay Chapman was

Even though he had written 25 books, I had never heard of John Jay Chapman until I found him quoted by someone else the other day. But 25 books and not one known to me. All is most certainly vanity. … Continue reading

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The books you do [and don’t] see in bookshops

It is the first time in years I have seen a book of mine on a bookstore shelf, and a mere $39.95 as well. Has only happened twice before but incredible to see. I imagine it may have been because … Continue reading

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The poetry of F.C. Meyer and why he is still discussed today

Discussed here: “The joy of ‘real’ bad poetry lies, of course, in the fact that it is unconsciously bad” but comes via Ace of Spades. It’s the kind of thing that makes me proud to be an Australian. And yet, … Continue reading

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