Category Archives: History

Kevin Williamson on the US civil war

Southerners — and some conservative sentimentalists — tell themselves two convenient lies about the Civil War. One is that the Confederate cause was an honorable one, the other is that the war wasn’t really about slavery. Neither of those stands … Continue reading

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The Gipper one more time

Update: Brendan O’Neill on the various hate groups.

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Pots and kettles

I often run into former South Africans and Zimbabweans who complain about the current government of those two countries. There is much to criticise – but this is too much: Mr. Zuma was elected president in 2009, and soon he … Continue reading

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“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

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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

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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

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