Author Archives: The Artist Formerly Known As Spartacus

Love is a many splendid thing

One frequently reads and hears that regional and rural voters “love” the ABC.  TAFKAS most recently read it from the chardonnay communist Philip Adams writing for the Australian: Paradoxically, many – perhaps most – Liberal voters admire the ABC, as … Continue reading

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It’s all a matter of perspective

Perspective.  It’s an amazing thing. Wanna be ABC public servants, currently under the employ of Nine Media, writing under the banner of the Sydney Morning Herald, are currently running 2 stories here and here (there may be more) arguing that … Continue reading

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Schumpeter Moment

TAFKAS will be honest.  He has not read as many of the “classics” as he would have liked to.  Too many great books, too many other distractions, too little time.  Perhaps it is too late with the coming book burning … Continue reading

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Directive from the Premier

The Premier issued a directive: higher social justice for the working class. This would translate to: see that wages are increased in proportion to the cost of living. And how will this work?  Like this: The increase will be determined … Continue reading

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From experts to deniers – Victoria edition

Experts must be listened to.  The science is settled.  Except when the views of the experts conflict with the narrative and then they transition from experts to deniers. For those in Victoria or who might have access to Premier Andrews, … Continue reading

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Useful output from the University of Sydney

Sally Cripps is a Professor of Statistics at the University of Sydney.  TAFKAS has before today never heard of her (nor should he have expected to), but this Professor should be given more prominence in public policy debates than the … Continue reading

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Reparations

Reparations.  That’s right.  Reparations. Not from the people of Victoria or the government of Victoria but from the individuals involved.  Premier Andrews, his Cabinet and his departmental heads. And salary cuts are not sufficient.  They need to have their salaries … Continue reading

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Political twit-erer

What is it about politics, especially Australian national politics, that makes otherwise intelligent people say really stoopid things? Dr Andrew Leigh is no fool.  TAFKAS does not necessarily agree with him on much, but evidence suggests that Dr Leigh is … Continue reading

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Academic Nirvana

Some ideas are so ridiculous that they can only come from academics. Writing in the AFR today, two UNSW academics have proposed that the Government increase the rate and base of the GST but provide all Australians with a $7,500 … Continue reading

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Striking

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