Category Archives: Classical Liberalism

The case for calling off the Covid dogs

This is from Chris Uhlmann in the Age and Sydney Morning Herald, and yet for all that, I find I agree with the whole thing. There is some minor softening of his criticisms but he does seem to get to … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Liberalism | 34 Comments

The vultures are coming home to roost

Jack the Insider has a great rant today about some very silly people. Refusing to wear masks in public, provoking the police, buying crystals to ward off 5G radiation … Jack asks the question: The question that has been gnawing … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Liberalism, COVID-19, Cultural Issues, Culture Wars, Ethics and morality, Hypocrisy of progressives | 123 Comments

Paul Kelly on Patrick J. Deneen

Paul Kelly has an oped in The Australian today revisiting one of his recent themes – the centre cannot hold. I want to focus on one aspect of his argument: The ultimate statement reflecting this rage is the 2018 book, … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Liberalism, Conservative politics, Culture Wars | 36 Comments

Deirdre McCloskey on COVID-19 and Statism

Deirdre McCloskey has a new essay. European intellectuals from Voltaire to Lenin have had only three really big political ideas. One of them, the liberalism conceived in the 18th century by Voltaire and Adam Smith, and carried on by people like Mary … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Liberalism, COVID-19 | 52 Comments

Is there a Bert Kelly in the House?

Bert Kelly is gone but he must never  be forgotten. John Hyde followed in his footsteps and  he wrote this valuable reminder of the service that Bert rendered to the nation. Australian democracy’s processes are far from perfect but they … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Classical Liberalism, Rafe | 3 Comments

The need for sense and proportionality

Following my post on the History of Economic website, The presumption must always be in favour of individual rights and personal freedom, I received a number of comments off line which have made me think about how different the political … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Liberalism, COVID-19 | 27 Comments

“Only by acting collectively … will be be able to protect personal liberty”

This was a posting at the History of Economics discussion forum which I find both very revealing in the state of mind it displays but also in how he connects the reaction to the coronavirus with global warming. I intend … Continue reading

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Making the economy grow again

Jeffrey Tucker is the editor in chief at the American Institute for Economic Research where the article discussed below has been posted. A bit, actually quite a bit, more charitable about the New York Times than I would ever be, … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Economics, Classical Liberalism | 14 Comments

Pierre Lemieux: Public Health Officials Far Too Often Ignore the Costs and Trade-Offs Involved In Policy Decisions

Public health theorists typically ignore that their proposed interventions have costs. It is understandable that, in the current COVID-19 health emergency, nurses, physicians and other health care providers are appreciated and popular. Experts in so-called public health benefit from this … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Liberalism, COVID-19 | 19 Comments

A reminder of what ought to be at the front of our minds right now and not brought back into the conversation when it’s too late

That is what a socialist-fascist-totalitarian looks like. And as a reminder of what’s at stake, bear this in mind: ‘The alleged cure is immensely worse than the disease’. Brendan O’Neill: We live in a country where parliament has been suspended, our … Continue reading

Posted in Classical Liberalism, COVID-19 | 39 Comments