Category Archives: History

Deirdre McCloskey’s defence of the bourgeois virtues

A long interview with Deirdre McCloskey explaining why she wrote three thick books to rescue the productive people and the decent values which have made us prosperous and free from the “often idiotic” abuse from socialists and economic illiterates at … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Economics on the left, History, Rafe | 8 Comments

The centre cannot hold

Twice in the last week Paul Kelly has suggested that the centre cannot hold. This is in the context of current political gridlock across the English speaking world. Today he talks about Trump and Brexit. I don’t think Paul Kelly … Continue reading

Posted in History, International | 38 Comments

Cross Post: Roger Franklin The Bulldog Breed

Sure, 1954 was the big one, the year everything came together, but what happened at the MCG on that last Saturday in September was only the half of it. If you want to know why Footscray’s first, and still its … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, History | 48 Comments

Bernard Salt was a victim of parental fascism

The Australian has taken to publishing historical fantasy fiction. Back in the olden days, before the internet, there existed a life form known as the old-style parent. You may not be familiar with the pagan rites and rituals of old-style … Continue reading

Posted in History, Libertarians don't live by argument alone | 67 Comments

Ending the insanity

This is insane. This is the mark of a party, a society, a country, a people, a civilization that wants to die. Trump, alone among candidates for high office in this or in the last seven (at least) cycles, has … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, History | 80 Comments

Carbon tax and the economic modelling

Here is Richard Denniss crapping on about the carbon tax: And then there are the economic modellers who pretended that a small carbon price would wreck the economy and then stayed silent about the costs to local industry of the … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, History | 27 Comments

Thoughts on leaving China

The only people who look for green solutions are people who have never worked a day in their lives. Spending a week in Shanghai has reminded me of all of the labour-saving devices we in the West take for granted. … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, History | 18 Comments

The triumph of Chairman Mao

Celebrations are planned to honour the achievements of Mao in China after the capture of the mainland by his communist forces in 1949. Concerts are to be held in Sydney and Melbourne town halls to honour Chinese communist leader Mao … Continue reading

Posted in Economics on the left, History, Rafe, Terrorism | 6 Comments

July 4

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, History, International | 13 Comments

The first day on the Somme – July 1, 1916

FIRST DAY OF THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME The 1st July 1916 was the opening day of the Anglo-French offensive that became known as the Battle of the Somme. It was the middle day of the middle year of the … Continue reading

Posted in History | 8 Comments