Category Archives: History

Learning history

This caught my eye in the AFR this morning: Paul Little and his wife Jane Hansen have donated $10 million to Melbourne University to promote the teaching of history. Ms Hansen, a former investment banker who is currently undertaking an … Continue reading

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C’mon, seven days from now it will all be last week’s news

Everyone lives at a moment in time which vanishes even as a new present arrives. Don’t worry. Be happy. This is today. TERROR SCARE HITS GERMANY: COPS WARN ‘NOT TO WALK IN GROUPS’ MERKEL DEATH KNELL: RISE OF THE ANTI-IMMIGRATION … Continue reading

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The war aims of the Islamic State

The choice between Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull is a choice between someone who gets the major issue of our time v someone who does not. I watched Tony’s interview with Bolt on Sunday and he must have used the … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day: November 11, 2015

In Flanders Fields – John McRae In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are … Continue reading

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What they said: On Thatcherism

Tony Abbott: …your invitation to give this lecture suggests there was at least a hint of Thatcher about my government in Australia … Adam Creighton: … indeed the biggest similarity was in the manner of their removal — by furious … Continue reading

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Agincourt: 25 October 1415

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Back to the future day

Today is the day Marty McFly arrived in the future. On my recent Chicago trip one of the tour guides was a Chicago Cubs fan and told the story that this year the Cubs would win the World Series. He … Continue reading

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Theatre of Witness

You must bear witness to our suffering, and to the injustice done to us. Last words of a woman about to die, spoken in the gas chamber to the Czech Jew, Filip Muller. Friday evening in Washington DC we went … Continue reading

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Bernanke rewriting history

Ben Bernanke is taking credit for having saved the US economy. Okay – what else would he say? But this comment leapt out at me as not possibly being correct: But there is no doubt that the jobs situation is … Continue reading

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Lets hear it for the Protestant missionaries

Robert Woodbury gave a talk at CIS last week on this topic. Should have blogged on it but was too busy. Next best thing, read the source paper. From the American Political Science Review Vol. 106, No. 2 May 2012 … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Economics and economy, Ethics and morality, History, Market Economy, Rafe | 28 Comments