Category Archives: Cultural Issues

Easter 2019

Our traditional Easter Post Several years ago my RMIT colleague Tim Fry and I had an Easter-themed op-ed in the Australian Financial Review. I have posted it before, but it is well worth revisiting. ~~~++~~~ Easter commemorates the death and … Continue reading

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More than a great cathedral has now been lost to us all

Today we merely saw a metaphor played out before us. What we have lost we have been in the process of losing for quite some time. The rest of this post is taken from here. And you should watch at … Continue reading

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Notre Dame in flames

FLASH: MAIN STRUCTURE SAVED FROM TOTAL DESTRUCTION…  NINE CENTURIES OF HISTORY BROUGHT CRASHING DOWN… UPDATE: AFP… HOLY WEEK HORROR… Catastrophic… SOUL OF PARIS… SPIRE COLLAPSES Tourists run for lives… Tears and shock… Bystanders sing ‘Ave Maria’… FLASHBACK 2016: ISIS behind … Continue reading

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The PM’s finest hour: his interview with Waleed Aly

An amazing interview, that starts slowly but truly builds. The PM has the better of the argument and represented Australia just as it is. Meanwhile Waleed is trying to be as divisive as he possibly can, challenging the PM’s good … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Cultural Issues | 61 Comments

Good and bad mixed up – the sunset of the West?

Ellen of Tasmania put up a video in the comments on The Joy of Socialism. The video is narrated by Paul Joseph Watson and proclaims that “Almost every factor that precedes the collapse of great civilizations has been met by … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Rafe, Western Civilsation | 32 Comments

How about we all just get along

The right side of politics consists of people who believe in tolerance and getting along with those who are willing to be tolerant and get along with us. If you are really interested in dealing with those who actually use … Continue reading

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Special Issue on Feminism and Capitalism

An appeal for papers to an economics journal that I thought might be of interest to some of you out there, brought to your attention as a public service information announcement. This was the covering note: Dear colleagues, might be … Continue reading

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The economics of envy

Here’s a typical bit of leftist rubbish: Wealth concentration near ‘levels last seen during the Roaring Twenties,’ study finds. Such studies, and no doubt accurate to the third decimal. But suppose we just change the heading a bit: Wealth levels … Continue reading

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Two kinds of globalization

It is confusing to find that something that was a Good Thing when I was young and naïve has become a Bad Thing. Of course it is two very different things under the same name. I suspect that the same … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, International, Rafe | 13 Comments

Religious freedom, animal welfare, and Impossible Burgers

Yesterday my google feed alerted me to a story from Europe: A Belgian ban on the Muslim and Jewish ways of ritually slaughtering animals went into effect on New Year’s Day, part of a clash across Europe over the balance … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Innovation | 93 Comments