Category Archives: History


For Labour is not just led by dirty men but by dirty old men, with roots in the contaminated soil of Marxist totalitarianism. Nick Cohen on anti-Semitism in the UK Labour Party.

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ANZAC Day 2016

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Shakespeare in the original Klingon

Our good friend and regular threadster Roger Franklin ignores the obvious: He wasn’t, as far as we know, gay, female, Aboriginal, disabled or an oppressed Muslim, but this weekend, which marks the 400th anniversary of his death, it is worth … Continue reading

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Trump is an ASADA agent or how Keynes caused WWII

So on Friday I was at a lunch speaking to several Cat lurkers who asked if we were ever going to post on anything other than Donald Trump and ASADA. So this post saves time and effort by combining our … Continue reading

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First Consul Citizen Wilson

It must be 35 years at least since I did French history in high school (well the French Revolution and Napoleon) but I’m sure this analogy isn’t quite right: In this week’s neat historical parallel, I compare Napoleon with Tim … Continue reading

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The Making of Modern Economics third edition

Economists barely understand the history of their own subject today, in large part because most economists no longer even understand what role it could play in making an economist a better economist. I wrote my own book on this very … Continue reading

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Allegedly the Nazis weren’t nice people

There are so many ways one can respond to the Immigration Department’s latest gaffe (emphasis added). The Immigration Department secretary Michael Pezzullo yesterday launched a strident defence of his department and its officers in a rare message to “set the … Continue reading

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Nancy Reagan 1921 – 2016

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Left/progressives and government vs women at the start of C20

How the progressive left pushed women out of the US workforce. By 1910, fully 45 percent of the professional workforce was made up of women. New clerical jobs, unknown a century earlier, were everywhere to be had. Women’s wages were … Continue reading

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What makes war inevitable

My favourite book of all time is Herodotus’s Histories. It is the first historical narrative ever written and tells the story of how our way of life was preserved in the face of a Persian invasion in the fifth century … Continue reading

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