Category Archives: Guest Post

David Leyonhjelm guest post on the right to die

In my previous life as a veterinarian I lost count of the number of domestic animals I euthanised. I had no qualms about this; in each case the decision to take life was made to end unacceptable suffering. The animals, … Continue reading

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David Bidstrup: Playing chess with a pigeon

Arguing with fools is like playing chess with a pigeon, no matter how good you are the pigeon will just shit on the board and then strut around as if he has won anyway. I am responding to Rafe’s post … Continue reading

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Pyrmonter: Sobriety at 500 days

Tribalism and testing the boundaries of ‘identity’ is fun: the pages of the Cat are replete with comments from those who spend their day playing in the sandpit of ideas, kicking sand (and sometimes mud), building castles and demolishing them.  … Continue reading

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Tim Worstall: Automation Isn’t Nearly as Disruptive as You Might Think

Another day, another bloodcurdling report about how robots are going to steal all our jobs and smash all that is holy about the dignity of work. This time it’s from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and they tell us that by the 2040s some 30 percent … Continue reading

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Donald J. Boudreaux: Earning Billions Impoverishes Nobody—Quite the Opposite

The Quotation of the Day is from page 4 of Alan Reynolds’s excellent 2006 book, Income and Wealth (original emphasis): The two young founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, quickly made something like $12 billion each by greatly facilitating our … Continue reading

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Terry Barnes: The Big Public Health donkeys

Public health Pooh-Bah bullies are at it again. With the Victorian and federal elections heaving into sight, this week a coalition of twenty-four public health and medical organisations, including the Cancer Council Victoria and the Australian Medical Associations, issued a … Continue reading

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Victorian Police have just announced that they will charge Canadian speaker Lauren Southern a staggering $68,000 after violent thugs threatened to protest her talk in Melbourne. That’s right: A law-abiding speaker giving a legal speech is being charged because of threats by … Continue reading

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David Bidstrup: The clinking sound as the penny drops for AEMO

The clinking sound we heard this morning was the penny dropping for AEMO. They admit that coal is “the cheapest power option”, (Australian July 17 2018). As the young folk would say, Duh!!!! It is amazing that they can come … Continue reading

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Stephen Cable: Pining for the imaginary man

I was reading the Weekend Australian last Saturday and came across an article in the magazine supplement about the former US President, Barack Obama. The article was titled ‘Disappearing Act’ by Gabriel Debenedetti, which originally appeared in the New York … Continue reading

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David Bidstrup: The dickhead factor

Anyone who has been around in the real world for some time knows that there is a proportion of the population who are dickheads. They embody everything that is dangerous to the rest of us and are a real-life manifestation … Continue reading

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