Category Archives: Ethics and morality

Keeping their eye on you

I don’t know whether this was what Trump intended but the stories about Russian hacking the election have gone absolutely dead, as have almost all stories related to Obama having placed some kind of phone surveillance on Donald Trump himself. … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Ethics and morality, Oppressive government, Politics of the Left | 59 Comments

Michael Novak 1933-2017

If you don’t know the work of Michael Novak, let me recommend his writings to you, especially his Spirit of Democratic Capitalism which had a big influence on me. This is a memoriam titled The Soul of Democratic Capitalism which … Continue reading

Posted in Ethics and morality | 4 Comments

Donald Trump and conservative values

What would they know about the meaning of conservative? First we have Paul Kelly writing his column with the heading Conservative principles and values are being trashed. And then there’s Brian Loughnane with this as the highlighted quote from his … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Ethics and morality, Philosophy, Politics | 38 Comments

Enlightenment principles

This statement is from an exhibit in the Arts Museum in Aarhus and captures the values of the enlightenment in a way that spells them out so that they can be understood in the times in which we live.

Posted in Ethics and morality, Philosophy | 14 Comments

Cross Post: Rachel Moore You are the racist, actually, not me

I’m an Orthodox Jewish settler raising seven children in the West Bank. I’m also an American citizen and I voted for Donald Trump. Yeah, I’m that lady. I opened a local business here, and I did so on purpose — … Continue reading

Posted in Cross Post, Ethics and morality, Hypocrisy of progressives, International | 48 Comments

David Leyonhjelm guest post. It’s all about trust

In July 2015 the Abbott government introduced a customs regulation to prohibit imports of seven shot lever action shotguns. The announcement by the Prime Minister made clear it was part of the government’s one-announcement-per-week terrorism strategy. It was also said … Continue reading

Posted in Ethics and morality, Federal Politics, Guest Post | 58 Comments

Slow news day

Do you realise that there are people out there who live in sin? As in they carry on like they are married, but are not married. Some of these people even have children out of wedlock. I suspect that you … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Ethics and morality, Libertarians don't live by argument alone, Oppressive government | 147 Comments

Apartheid doesn’t work like that

There is an op-ed in the Australian this morning that contains this curious sentence:* I object to public policy treating me as an “ethnic”. I claim all rights available to any Australian and demand no rights not available to every … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Ethics and morality, Hypocrisy of progressives, Libertarians don't live by argument alone, Oppressive government | 68 Comments

Greenies bleating

Somebody called Hugo Rifkind is complaining about the Trump victory: Ask yourself why Donald Trump says climate change is a hoax. Yes, a hoax. Not for him the careful equivocation of the “sceptic” who, perhaps, believes that the Earth is … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Ethics and morality, Global warming and climate change policy | 45 Comments

The revolt of the dispossessed

I have been re-reading Christopher Lasch’s brilliant The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy which was published more than a decade ago. It’s about the we-know-what’s-best-for-you types who have risen to the top of power structures across … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Cultural Issues, Ethics and morality | 27 Comments