Category Archives: civil society

The worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time

I have been working away at my next book which is on classical economics, which was the highpoint of economic theory, from whence economics has been in precipitous decline since falling into the hands of socialists and academics (did I … Continue reading

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Don Aitkin on why nations fail

His summary of Why Nations Fail: the Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, by Acemoglu and Robinson. The sub-text of the story is the difference between Argentina and Australia although he did not explore that topic as he was urged … Continue reading

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How much does this cost and who pays for it?

Court grants Tamil family legal reprieve. Comes with this: Tamil asylum case sets path for 6000 others. From this second story: Scott Morrison has vowed to send home more than 6000 illegal immigrants who have had their refugee claims rejected, … Continue reading

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Lose your wallet in Switzerland, Norway or the Netherlands if you must. With money inside

But don’t lose it in China, Morocco or Peru. Fascinating bit of research reported by Jo Nova. This was a fairly exhaustive study. The researchers changed the names, currency and languages in every country to try to make the wallet … Continue reading

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Quadrant newsletter on line

Check out the latest items. The Anti-Humanist Ideology of the Christchurch Killer. As with the ideologies that spawned so many genocides and massacres through the twentieth century and into this one, Brenton Tarrant’s weighing of individuals’ lives as of no … Continue reading

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Why were either of these stories national news?

The news judgment of the major media organisations in the United States is deeply impaired, indeed it is near enough mad and the people who report such stories along with those who believe them on no evidence at all are … Continue reading

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Only in open dialogue is there any hope that truth can be discovered

Ann and Milo will teach you how to save Australia. Discovered last night – either from the Bolt Report or The Outsiders – that Ann Coulter will be coming to Australia. Therefore immediately bought tickets. But what is the venue, you might … Continue reading

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Claire Lehmann at CIS: identity politics on campus

Claire Lehmann’s 2018 Helen Hughes Lecture and other recent publications.

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But … but … but crime in Melbourne is low.

By now all Cats would have heard the traumatic news. Melbourne has lost its most liveable status to Vienna. Already we have the excuses: Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp, pointing to Vienna’s improved safety rating, conceded security was an … Continue reading

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20th century literature of liberalism

For a single book it is hard to beat Ludwig von Mises Liberalism that you can download as a PDF or read in various other formats including a book made out of paper! This is Mises’s classic statement in defense … Continue reading

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