Category Archives: Oppressive government

Anti-trust targets size

From the WSJ: In the early days of DoubleClick, a prospective employee asked what my ultimate goals were for the newly formed internet advertising company. With the arrogance of a young startup founder, I responded, “To be broken up by … Continue reading

Posted in Cryptoeconomics, Free Enterprise, Oppressive government, Technology & Telco | 28 Comments

Don Aitkin on why nations fail

His summary of Why Nations Fail: the Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty, by Acemoglu and Robinson. The sub-text of the story is the difference between Argentina and Australia although he did not explore that topic as he was urged … Continue reading

Posted in civil society, Cultural Issues, Oppressive government, Rafe | 15 Comments

Robo-debt and Tyranny

So here is an interesting thing – the government is being sued. The occasion was the announcement at Parliament House by Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon that his law firm Gordon Legal will be launching a class action on behalf … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressive government, Politics, Rule of law, Taxation, Wasteful Spending | 56 Comments

Calling bullshit on the New Zealand chief censor

David Shanks, New Zealand’s “chief censor”, has an op-ed in the Daily Telegraph. Sounds like he has a tough job. I’ve never seen so many film festival movies as I did in my first year, watching them at a cinema … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom of speech, Hypocrisy of progressives, Oppressive government, Rule of law, Take Nanny down, Taking out the trash | 55 Comments

Chinese influence in universities

It used to be that communists hid under our beds, now they go to university. This story has been developing in The Australian over the last few weeks and has now jumped across to the AFR. Education department officials as … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Innovation, National Security, Oppressive government, Taking out the trash | 40 Comments

“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 | 82 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