Category Archives: Books and writing

Undoubtedly universally true but seldom noticed

Thought the first comment was also spot on: Job applications posted on the windows would’ve warded them off too.

Posted in Books and writing, Politics of the Left | 1 Comment

🎶 They call him Flippant, Flippant, faster than lightning…♬

Former Liberal MP Julia Banks has alleged she was subjected to an unwanted sexual advance at work from a cabinet minister in the Turnbull government, and warned that similar inappropriate touching by other men is probably happening “every single day … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Federal Politics | 45 Comments

My review of Jordan Peterson’s latest book

I have written a review of Jordan Peterson’s latest book, Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life, which you can now read at Quadrant Online under the title that represents my take on what he wrote: Abandon Ideology. I will … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Conservative politics, Cultural Issues | 23 Comments

The Universal Truth

A venerable literary society succumbs to the nazism of our time and will probably never recover: Before we go on, understand that the Tolkien Society’s president was, and formally remains, the great J.R.R. Tolkien himself. His daughter, Priscilla, currently serves … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Cultural Issues | 56 Comments

FDR Shrugged

From a very entertaining review of David Michaelis’ new biography of Eleanor Roosevelt:                                      Helen Andrews: Do-Gooder In Chief. Eleanor was moved by the desperate plight of out-of-work miners and, because they lived so close to Washington, it was convenient to … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, History, Wasteful Spending | 30 Comments

“A beautifully crafted and eminently fair review”

I’ve just written a book review for the eh.net website which I would not normally mention except that it attracted this comment from Tom Humphrey, one of the great historians of economics writing today: A beautifully crafted and eminently fair … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Classical Economics, Economics and economy | 10 Comments

Lincoln removed slavery. Reagan removed the USSR…

Biden removes mention of Dr. Seuss from 'Read Across America Day' https://t.co/6RbDc0D48b pic.twitter.com/pYwTjUOe2r — New York Post (@nypost) March 2, 2021

Posted in Books and writing, War and peace | 35 Comments

Keeping fake news under control: criticism vs populism

While Karl Popper was writing The Open Society and Its Enemies during a working holiday in New Zealand the poet W H Auden wrote an essay about maintaining standards of criticism in a mass society. That is a society where … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Freedom of speech, Rafe, Western Civilsation | 23 Comments

“A perspective on the operation of an economy that has unfortunately entirely disappeared”

Here is a very nice review of my Classical Economic Theory and the Modern Economy in The History of Economics Review, written by Nathan Saunders, linked here. I can only say how grateful I am to find a review of … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Classical Economics | 6 Comments

And The Winner Isn’t

AWARDS used to be given to winners, to the best and the fairest. Now, though, committees everywhere give them to political allies who need a prestige boost or a fig leaf for their inadequacies. Shortlists – they’re not as short … Continue reading

Posted in Books and writing, Politics of the Left | 25 Comments