Category Archives: Books and writing

Michael Oakeshott. Sinc’s favourite philosopher

Update. Interesting to see that 90 people checked out the Oakeshott story, 27 had a look at the Guestroom, 23 read about Robert Manne, 10 read more about Peter Coleman and 7 checked out Hal Colebatch. Have a look at … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Rafe | 7 Comments

Boring beyond inanity

Because no one else has mentioned it, and I do so only to fill in the void, I can see just how uninterested anyone is in Malcolm Turnbull’s memoire which is discussed in The Oz today, exclusively: Inside Malcolm’s big-picture … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Taking out the trash | 90 Comments

Breaking news …

Tim Blair: T-Day Looms Tension builds as the release of Malcolm Turnbull’s autobiography draws near. How many people will ignore social distancing rules to secure their copy? How many will be trampled to death as frenzied crowds storm bookstores?   … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Public Service Announcement | 27 Comments

Not the end but is it the beginning of the end?

Did Nancy blink? Pelosi delays her coronavirus bill, says will try to pass Senate’s without most members present . Is this why? Gallup: Trump Up to 49% Approval; 60% Approve of His Handling of the Chinese Flu Is the Great … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Books and writing | 9 Comments

Roll up! Come and meet Tony Thomas on Tuesday 10th

Tony would like to invite you to the launch of his new book, COME TO THINK OF IT  – essays to tickle the brain. The launch is at 6.30pm Tuesday March 10 at Il Gambero’s Restaurant, 166 Lygon St, Carlton. Speakers … Continue reading

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Learned ignorance page after page

Went into a bookshop today and went to the politics section and this was a part of the selection of what I found. There must have been around a dozen books on American politics, they were all desperately anti-Trump and … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Books and writing, Economics on the left | 35 Comments

Was Peter FitzSimons robbed?

The Top Ten Most Influential Books of All Time. 10. The Influence of Sea Power Upon History (1890), Alfred Thayer Mahan 9. History of the Peloponnesian War (5th century B.C.), Thucydides 8. On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres (1543), … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Cultural Issues | 54 Comments

The future will be nothing like we can imagine it today

I have just picked up a second-hand copy of the third edition of Percival Marshall’s Flying-Machines – Past, Present & Future, as pictured above. It’s the first time I have ever heard of the book. Near as I can tell … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Cultural Issues | 39 Comments

Cover text comments revised

I am very grateful for the comments on my previous post, ‘Classical Economic Theory and the Modern Economy’ cover text comments, thoughts and suggestions sought with special thanks to Gerry on how to begin the text, which was also the … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Classical Economics | 4 Comments

Donald Trump jokes

I’ve just finished a quite interesting book on jokes from behind the Iron Curtain: Hammer And Tickle: A History Of Communism Told Through Communist Jokes. It looks at the jokes themselves; the evolution of these jokes as communism aged and … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Politics of the Left | 26 Comments