Category Archives: Oppressive government

Talk about being out of touch …

The Herald Sun is reporting: COUNCILS across Melbourne could move to fortnightly rubbish collections under a plan to reduce food waste ending up in landfill. A state government agency has recommended that food and garden refuse be collected in special … Continue reading

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives, Oppressive government | 31 Comments

What does Dreyfus mean by “corruption”?

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus has an op-ed in the AFR talking about a proposed federal anti-corruption body.  I think reasonable people can disagree as the need for such a body – my second biggest concern is that I suspect there … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressive government, Rule of law, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals | 31 Comments

Tell that to ASIC

Matt Canavan, quite rightly, has issued a warning to big business: Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan has warned big business not to form its own policy on greenhouse gas emissions in the wake of the dumping of the National Energy … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Oppressive government, Rule of law, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 26 Comments

Boettke on Hayek and the populist revolt

“Government fails because it grows, and it grows because it fails” [272] “We must make the building of a free society once more an intellectual adventure, a deed of courage…if we can regain that belief in the power of ideas … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressive government, Rafe | 5 Comments

Libertyfest Brisbane

Two great days in Brisbane, no Cats in sight but a lot of very good speakers. After chatting with two or three people who did not know about Catallaxy I asked for a show of hands in the next session … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom of speech, Oppressive government, Rafe, Western Civilsation | 12 Comments

That’s got to hurt …

The Mocker is out and about commenting on the Victorian government’s decision to ban Sky News from train stations. In relation to Laura Jayes skewering Victorian Transport Minister Jacinta Allan: By this stage viewers no doubt concluded Allan was unfit … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom of speech, Hypocrisy of progressives, Oppressive government | 18 Comments

You are a slave to the state

As technology enhances the state’s capacity to surveil its citizens it is becoming more and more apparent what relationship we have vis-a-vis the state. This is especially so in the modern welfare state. The logic is as follows: the state pays … Continue reading

Posted in Cryptoeconomics, Oppressive government, Technology & Telco | 55 Comments

If only there was a technology that could solve this problem …

PVO in The Australian: Consumers won’t know who has seen their records, or when. The system doesn’t even have the capacity to track the online ­accessing of information by individuals within organisations. In other words, you’ll know a particular hospital … Continue reading

Posted in Cryptoeconomics, Oppressive government | 21 Comments

It’s no joke

From Paul Johnson’s wonderful Humourists: From Hogarth to Noël Coward. Having now flown from Budapest to London, where I finished the book on the flight, I find it both eerie and appropriate that this is how Johnson’s book ends. In … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressive government, Philosophy | 15 Comments

ABC panellist advocates eugenics

On Q&A last night there was this proposal from panellist Corey White: I specified that drug addicts should be given incentives, um, cash to delay reproducing because the fact is that a lot of drug-addicted people do have children and … Continue reading

Posted in Ethics and morality, Oppressive government | 67 Comments