Category Archives: Libertarians don’t live by argument alone

Privatise the ABC: Hysterical reaction edition

Chris Berg and I have a forthcoming book on why and how to privatise the ABC. Per-order here. Chris and I have been getting some great publicity from some unusual sources. The Guardian, for example: When the communications minister, Mitch … Continue reading

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Who is the most connected right-winger in Australia?

Well I reckon it would be Alan Jones, or Andrew Bolt, or Paul Murray – or a think tank executive director like John Roskam or Tom Switzer. Maybe the prime minister? You know connected people. But no; not according to … Continue reading

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Chris Berg: Are Australians ready to embrace libertarianism?

How much influence does libertarianism have on Australian politics? The first thing to know is that the Australian political system has very few libertarians in it. The only federal member of parliament to self-describe as a libertarian is Senator David … Continue reading

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Troll gets owned

Here is a magnificent exchange on Twitter: He had it coming – as Aaron Stonehouse explained to The West: “I speak in the same manner that the people who voted for me tend to speak. That’s often plain, straight to … Continue reading

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives, Libertarians don't live by argument alone | 31 Comments

Over-reaction much?

Here is Peter Dutton telling the crazy lefties how it is: Some of the crazy lefties at the ABC, and on The Guardian, HuffingtonPost, can express concern and draw mean cartoons about me and all the rest of it. They … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Hypocrisy of progressives, Libertarians don't live by argument alone, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 101 Comments

TV bleg

So I’m going to be travelling extensively over the next couple of months and need to know what tv series I should be watching. I prefer to binge watch shows. At the moment I have finished watching: Gomorrah seasons 1&2: … Continue reading

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Grace is on fire

Grace Collier in The Weekend Australia is must and good reading. Today she is simply magnificent. Some tasters: However, both the government and the opposition do a brilliant job of hiding or disguising any consistently meaningful contribution they may be … Continue reading

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Who you calling shouty?

This morning the Cat got mentioned in despatches – well, actually the Australian. Former editor in chief Chris Mitchell was writing about the social media pile on, good journalism, free speech, and academic freedom.  He raised the issue of Clive … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Freedom of speech, Libertarians don't live by argument alone, Media | 41 Comments

Let’s recriminalise adultery

Couples seen in each other’s company should, in future, be required to produce their marriage certificate or sign a stat dec that they are not rooting. Tooting is still acceptable. Politicians especially should not fornicate with anyone. Making love to … Continue reading

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Early contender for the Bernard Salt smashed avo award

In the early running it’s … Bernard Salt. Here’s a series of dangerous ideas. Work hard, don’t do drugs, don’t smoke, build good relationships, learn skills, save for a deposit for a house, spend time with your kids, invest in … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Cultural Issues, Libertarians don't live by argument alone | 47 Comments