Category Archives: Take Nanny down

Deirdre McCloskey on admiring entrepreneurs

Why do we need entrepreneurs? What is their role in a free society? We need entrepreneurs to decide what to do. The only alternative is governmental bureaucracy, which is good for national defense and a few other things, but very … Continue reading

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The vaping revolution in Britain

From Matt Ridley’s blog. Not happening in Australia for some strange reason. Britain is the world leader in vaping. More people use ecigarettes in the UK than in any other European country. It’s more officially encouraged than in the United … Continue reading

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Trump says to Obama’s car fuel rules…

“You’re Fired!” WASHINGTON—The Trump administration took direct aim Thursday at California’s role as de facto auto regulator for the nation, proposing to end the state’s ability to set its own fuel-efficiency standards and to dial back Obama-era limits on tailpipe … Continue reading

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Something from Dan Mitchell to cheer you up

The western world’s most depressing graph.

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Wolfgang Kasper meets the EU octopus

Right out of Kafka or the You could not make it up file.

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David Leyonhjelm: Regulate first, ask questions later

Living in Australia sometimes feels like living in a bureaucrats’ version of a spaghetti western. The heroes are the brave and all-knowing public servants, while the villains are the naughty people who are too foolish to realise that government knows … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm. Uneasy riders on the nanny state

It’s the pain and cost of a crash that should dictate safety wear for motorcyclists, not opinionated policemen. I was mightily pissed off the other day when I heard a senior Victorian policeman interviewed on radio, telling listeners that it … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on cashless welfare

Jeremy Sammut has a provocative article in [email protected] this week on cashless welfare. It’s a libertarian fantasy that the problem of welfare dependence can be addressed without using the power of the state to compel responsible personal behaviour. State compulsion, … Continue reading

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Free TV Australia think we’re stupid

Free TV Australia are denying that they have banned the advert for being “political”. Rather their story is this: “The advertiser was requested, but declined, to add an identification tag to the commercial to comply with Schedule 2 of the … Continue reading

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Just plain evil

Up to this point, I have been criticizing many anti-tobacco groups for presenting false information about the relative safety and effectiveness of vaping and for supporting public policy that would harm the public’s health. However, I have refrained from attacking … Continue reading

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