Category Archives: Rafe

Dan Mitchell on death by spending and taxing

A historical survey with special attention to some US states like New Jersey. A couple of decades can make a huge difference in the political and economic life of a jurisdiction. Two decades ago, Venezuela had not yet been subjected … Continue reading

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Jo Nova on our carbon market

Interesting? The first years data is out — Australia’s secret Emissions Trading Scheme is up and running, it’s small, inefficient, and pointless, but all the government needs to do is raise those caps, and the carbon trading monster octopus could … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Rafe | 12 Comments

Odds and Ends 13 March

Liberty Quote It is the highest impertinence and presumption… in kings and ministers, to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, and to restrain their expense… They are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in … Continue reading

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RIP Roger Bannister

The first sub four minute mile man.

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Mario Vargas Llosa: Political Correctness vs Freedom

Would he be allowed to say this on a campus near you? Or in China. h/t Brian Gladish on Facebook Critical Rationalism page. His new book The Call of the Tribe refers to seven champions of liberalism – influential authors: … Continue reading

Posted in Freedom of speech, Rafe | 13 Comments

Pooh on the nose in China

For the You Could Not Make it Up file.

Posted in International, Rafe | 2 Comments

Beware universal basic income schemes

A number of cogent reasons to be wary. 1. Human house cats. 2. Levers of centralisation. 3. Romantic politics. 4. Affordability. 5. Eroding community spirit. 6. Heterogeneity of income requirements. Alfred Marshall 1893 liberty quote. On universal pension schemes. My … Continue reading

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“Lepanto” by Chesterton and a metaphysical hangover

In the The Spectator “Low Life” column this week Jeremy Clarke described what Kingsley Amis (apparently a connoisseur of the phenomenon) called a “metaphysical hangover”. Apart from the usual feeling of being unwell there is a compound of depression, sadness … Continue reading

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Very important defence of free speech by Mark Steyn

A serious warning about the threat to free speech by protracted lawfare even in the face of the First Amendment. Not to mention the situation in Canada. Also the danger of allowing the validity scientific hypotheses to be litigated and … Continue reading

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Pope Francis and the Caring Society

Pope Francis has sparked uproar with inflammatory comments on capitalism and markets based on his passion to help the poor and his experience of crony capitalism in Argentina. He has called for a dialogue on building a compassionate society and … Continue reading

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