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SL’s Australian visit – 2nd ALS Friedman Conference (and other goodies)

As some of you already know, due to the kind sponsorship of Thought Broker, I shall be travelling to Australia for the 2nd Australian Libertarian Society Friedman Conference (speaker schedule here) and shall also be sharing a platform with new Freedom Commissioner Tim Wilson at one of Thought Broker’s in-house events (details here). Thought Broker […]

That honour thing

The last vestige in Anglosphere criminal law of the use of violence in defence of one’s honour is the provocation defence. It is only a defence in mitigation, not exculpation, but it harks back to the historical role of honour as a social control mechanism. The most recent controversy has been in NSW, where Yassir Hassan […]

The curse of managerialism

The ideology of managerialism (that societies are equivalent to the sum of the transactions made by the managements of organisations) must be just about the only case of an ideology whose key figure was an Australian. As Prof. James Hoopes tells it: But the main genesis of managerialism lay in the human relations movement that took root at […]

Remember, remember the 5th of November

The evening of the 5th of November just gone, I did what I have done for the last several years. I participated in the Wizard Charlie’s Guy Fawkes Night celebration. The bonfire was in a portable bbq and the guy that was burnt was small enough to fit therein. But there were sparklers and things […]

The unknown country

Which country is this? First nation in modern history to secure full unification without killing anyone. First major nation to have achieved independence and sovereignty without killing anyone. First nation in modern history to appoint a Jew as commander of its armed forces, Never had any form of slavery or serfdom. The answer is below […]

Saturday chit-chat: ELECTION FREE!

The average height of men has risen by almost 11cm since the mid-19th century, experts have found. Data was collected on hundreds of thousands of men from 15 European countries. For British men, the average height at age 21 rose from 167.05cm (5ft 5in) in 1871-75 to 177.37cm (5ft 10in) in 1971-75. A public health expert […]

Electoral Last Words

LABOR’S claim that an Abbott government would cut services to fund its promises is resonating in the electorate – but the Coalition is resisting huge pressure to crank up its own attack ads about Kevin Rudd. Labor’s nightly track polling in marginal seats by party pollster UMR, provided to The Australian, shows that over the […]

liberal (small L)

A Liberal Party candidate proposed a radical new policing system in which criminal suspects would be injected with satellite-trackable microchips shot from a ”high powered sniper rifle”. Ray King, who is contesting the western Sydney electorate of McMahon, was behind the idea, which he claimed would improve productivity of the NSW Police Force. Mr King, […]

I Found My Thrill

PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will face-off in the third election debate in western Sydney tonight. The people’s forum hosted by Sky News will be held at the Rooty Hill RSL from 6.30pm. The night will follow a similar format to last week’s debate in Brisbane where the two took questions […]