Category Archives: Oppressive government

“Benevolent” dictators don’t grow the economy

How often we hear the argument “If only there were a strong leader to take charge and make the tough decisions to get the economy growing”. Well it turns out that that is a folk tale that happens – when … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Oppressive government | 5 Comments

We hold these truths to be self-evident

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing … Continue reading

Posted in Libertarians don't live by argument alone, Oppressive government | 144 Comments

Richard Colbeck has some explaining to do

Senator Richard Colbeck is the Minister for Sport. Now an interesting development occurred in the Folau saga: Rugby Australia may have inadvertently opened another legal avenue for Israel Folau to pursue following suggestions that sponsors were threatening to withdraw support if … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Ethics and morality, Oppressive government | 177 Comments

For libertarians and admirers of Ludwig von Mises

Commentary by Peter Boettke on Notes and Recollections by von Mises. We learn in his memoirs that Carl Menger shared with Mises this disregard for the military state, and also saw promise in true liberalism. But this also resulted in … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Oppressive government, Rafe | 3 Comments

The ABC is a national security threat

How’s that for a click bait headline? No. Really, I hear you say, the ABC is a national security threat. Now true – there is so much to dislike about the ABC. But for all their faults – and there … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom of speech, Media, Oppressive government | 79 Comments

Aussie Vape Day

Today is Aussie Vape Day.  

Posted in Ethics and morality, Federal Politics, Hypocrisy of progressives, Oppressive government | 3 Comments

What does it cost for firms to report on emissions and other carbon mitigation regulations?

Maybe there is a vast literature on this topic but I suspect there is not because quite likely the accounting and administrative costs exceed the impact of RE on power prices. This is a “strictly for nerds” paper on a … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Oppressive government, Rafe | 9 Comments

More like the Dark Ages

With education the way it is, neither the cartoon nor this story will any longer have meaning and resonance: Venezuela returns to ‘Middle Ages’ during power outages. “We make lamps that burn gasoline, or oil, or kerosene — any type … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressive government, Politics of the Left | 20 Comments

Victorian Police Minister gets some community feedback

A man has confronted Victorian Police Minister Lisa Neville, slamming the government’s ‘inaction’ on crime and objecting to participants in a recent rally being labelled racists. Moments after she finished a press conference about security ahead of the Australian Open … Continue reading

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives, Oppressive government, Politics of the Left | 65 Comments

Nanny state incoherence

There is something of a debate going on about “Pill Testing“. Recreational drugs can be covertly cut with poisonous or “filler” substances. Uncertainty about strength and purity can lead to accidental overdoses. Pill testing exposes what a tablet really contains … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Innovation, Oppressive government, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals | 95 Comments