Category Archives: Libertarians don’t live by argument alone

The paradox of democracy

Yesterday I read this interesting argument in the Otago Daily Times: …  the great paradox which lies at democracy’s heart: that individual liberty can only be preserved by acquiescing to decisions arrived at collectively; by recognising our neighbours’ right to … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Bachar Houli

I’m a big fan of Bachar Houli. He started his career at the Bombers before he left for Richmond. So I’m probably a bit biased. Anyway … Looking at the vision it looks to me like any one of a … Continue reading

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Make Tim’s blog great again

I can’t be the only person who has found the new (now old) blog format for Tim Blair and Andrew Bolt to be incredibly annoying. It is very annoying! It’s like the old mobile format – that gave everyone the … Continue reading

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Who you calling old?

There was this interesting exchange on Q&A last Monday: DAVID LEYONHJELM I sit next to Greens in the Senate and hear that claptrap all time. It is absolute garbage. (APPLAUSE) JUDITH BRETT I must say, you old men! (LAUGHTER AND … Continue reading

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Gratuitous Advertising: A message from the Victorian LDP

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Caption contest

Tim Watts is my federal member of parliament – people whose opinions I trust assure me that he is a good guy. Perhaps so, but I can’t go past the opportunity to lampoon this photo. So what is Tim Watts … Continue reading

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Some sounds of civilisation

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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

… and in other news.

My former PhD student Chris Berg is joining RMIT University as a post-doctoral fellow where he will find a new definition of pain and suffering, as he is slowly digested over a thousand years be working on turning his excellent … Continue reading

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