Category Archives: History

“If we fail to preserve it, it will never, ever exist again”

Dinner with the family tonight, our last before moving on. And as a going away present, I have bought each of the youngest cousins a copy of John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty which had come up in an earlier conversation. … Continue reading

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John Ray. Conservatism as heresy

John Ray has devoted a great deal of his life to dissecting leftism and one of his early achievements in 1974 was a collection of papers titled Conservatism as Heresy. This was well ahead of the visible revival of liberal/conservative … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Economics and economy, History, Rafe | 8 Comments

The Art of the Impossible book launch speaking notes

The Sydney book launch for my blog history on the election of Donald Trump – The Art of the Impossible – is tonight. Not sure how many would show up to hear me talk about my book, but as very … Continue reading

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Nostalgic photos of Austrians

Among a lot of lesser lights, some golden oldies. For beginners, the Austrian school of economics started in the 1880s with Carl Menger, key figures in the 20th century were Ludwig von Mises, Fritz Hayek, Murray Rothbard, Israel Kirzner and … Continue reading

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Vera Lynn 20 March 1917 –

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The Art of the Impossible

The Art of the Impossible is now out in the world and can be bought on line either here in Australia or anywhere at all here at The Book Depository with free shipping worldwide. I thought originally that the aim … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Elections, History | 16 Comments

Orwell v Huxley on the nature of the left

The writer of Brave New World had previously taught high school French to the writer of 1984! What follows below is the text of the letter Huxley wrote to Orwell in 1949. But what is truly fascinating and worth dwelling … Continue reading

Posted in History, Philosophy | 48 Comments

It is the end of times (or something)

Two op-eds have caught my eye today. The first by Gideon Rachman of the Financial Times and reproduced in the AFR: The idea that the middle-class and the young will always be the most stalwart supporters of democracy is also … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, History, Libertarians don't live by argument alone, Oppressive government | 92 Comments

My blog history of the election

My “blog history” of the American election is being published which consists of all of the posts I did on the election starting in July 2015 when I actually saw Donald Trump in Las Vegas. I call it a blog … Continue reading

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Insomnia cure

For all those Cats having difficulty sleeping – my good friend Chris Berg has posted his PhD thesis online. From the abstract: Between the 1890s and 2008 the Australian system of prudential regulation of banking went from an almost entirely … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, History | 7 Comments