Category Archives: Oppressive government

Deirdre McCloskey on the minimum wage

Posted in Economics and economy, Oppressive government | 11 Comments

“Nobody cares about 18c”

One of the “arguments” against amending 18c is that “nobody cares about 18c”. Maybe true – yet I suspect nobody cares about a whole lot of things that the Parliament legislates. How many people would care about any law until … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom of speech, Oppressive government | 47 Comments

A question for politicians

Gary Johns is one of the more sensible people you’ll ever meet. He is also a former ALP federal cabinet minister. These days he writes magnificent books and a must-read column in The Australian. Today (as on many previous days) … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressive government, Politics | 74 Comments

The Australian Human Rights Commission has blood on its hands

Today we were all shocked by the news of Bill Leak’s untimely death at age 61. Roger Franklin at Quadrant expresses many of our views: Are you happy now, Gillian Triggs? And you, Tim Soutphommasane, race pimp and sinecured Labor … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Freedom of speech, Hypocrisy of progressives, Oppressive government, Shut it down. Fire them all., Take Nanny down | 200 Comments

Keeping their eye on you

I don’t know whether this was what Trump intended but the stories about Russian hacking the election have gone absolutely dead, as have almost all stories related to Obama having placed some kind of phone surveillance on Donald Trump himself. … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Ethics and morality, Oppressive government, Politics of the Left | 59 Comments

What the judge said

Justice Dowsett said student Jackson Powell’s posts, including one in which he wondered ‘where the white supremacist computer lab’ was located, were irony. He said that “to suggest that humour or irony cannot blunt the most outrageous of statements overlooks … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom of speech, Oppressive government, Politics of the Left, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 29 Comments

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

Victorian government priorities

Victorian government workers are being discouraged from using “heteronormative” terms such as “husband” and “wife” in a new guide to communicating with the LGBTI community. Instead, the workers are being schooled in adopting gender-neutral pronouns “zie” and “hir”. The Inclusive … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressive government, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals | 44 Comments

Slow news day

Do you realise that there are people out there who live in sin? As in they carry on like they are married, but are not married. Some of these people even have children out of wedlock. I suspect that you … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Ethics and morality, Libertarians don't live by argument alone, Oppressive government | 147 Comments

Guest Post: TAKE URGENT ACTION TO REPEAL 18C!

Victory is in sight! The Joint Committee on Human Rights is investigating removing the hated s18C of the Racial Discrimination Act and restoring freedom of speech to Australia! BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THIS A REALITY!  The committee … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom of speech, Guest Post, Oppressive government | 25 Comments