Category Archives: Politics

The best airplane book ever

Bought a pre-publication copy at Freedomfest, even had it signed, and then read it all the way home. But that wasn’t what was so extraordinary. No matter who I sat next to, so soon as they had seen the title, … Continue reading

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“We are the party of the people. We are the party of the many.”

Wow! To which I might add this: Delingpole: Boris’s Brexit Cabinet Is the Soundest Since Margaret Thatcher.

Posted in International, Politics | 50 Comments

David Leyonhjelm guest post. Pay pollie a cracker?

Among the many criticisms of politicians that I heard whilst in the Senate, the accusation that they are only in it for the pay and perks, looking after themselves rather than the country and voters, was one of the most … Continue reading

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Representative democracy is an 18th century technology

This picture turned up in my twitter feed. It summarises representative democracy – a technology designed to provide voice to citizens at a time when communication and transports costs were very high – very nicely. The world we live in … Continue reading

Posted in Cryptoeconomics, Politics | 28 Comments

We are in a moment of reprieve

I finally got to listen to PDT’s whole speech and it was spellbinding. Mark Steyn and Tucker Carlson both watched it and both have had the same reaction. Who else today can give a speech that lasts an hour and … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Politics | 11 Comments

This is a beat up

This morning there were breathless reports in the Australian that Victorian Treasurer  Tim Pallas  has shares in Transurban. For non-Victorians Transurban is the company that owns the CityLink road network and earns lots of toll revenue. It has just got a … Continue reading

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How’s That Russia Collusion Thingy Going?

Remember how Trump apparently colluded with the ‘Russians’ to rig the 2016 US Presidential election – and how he is being ‘investigated’ for this apparent crime? It’s ok, I almost forgot too. Of course, none of Muller’s Russia ‘investigation’ has … Continue reading

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Keep calm and carry on

I want to put in a good word for Waleed Aly. Two interrelated things. First I think Janet Albrechtsen was a bit harsh yesterday. Waleed Aly exposed himself as a hypocrite. In the past, Aly has seemingly ducked for cover … Continue reading

Posted in Libertarians don't live by argument alone, National Security, Politics, Rule of law, Terrorism, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals | 222 Comments

What about Recall Elections in Australia?

At the time of writing over 1.2 million people have signed a petition calling for Fraser Anning to be expelled from the Parliament. As it turns – apart from an actual election – there is no mechanism to make that … Continue reading

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Quality not quantity

My good friend David Leyonhjelm had an op-ed in the AFR on Friday (reproduced below) where he makes the argument that Australia should have good quality migrants. This is one of the areas where I disagree with LDP policy – … Continue reading

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