Monthly Archives: December 2009

Ethical omnivores

Humans are descended from ancient apes, and like them (and modern apes) we are generally omnivorous. But should we still eat meat and animal products? Animal rights activist Katrina Fox doesn’t think so. It is not an easily dismissed idea … Continue reading

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Censorship is ***** **** *******

Against the odds, Senator Conroy is going ahead with his ill-conceived plan to force mandatory filtering at the ISP level. Despite multiple experts from academia and the industry saying it’s a bad idea, he is going to ignore any dissent … Continue reading

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Poverty and trade revisited

The anniversary of this blog passed by without me realising it. In belated celebration, I’m re-printing the post that started the whole thing below the fold. It’s my attempt to persuade left-wingers that they should support free trade if they … Continue reading

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Competition. It works, bitches.*

I’ve long extolled the benefits of companies competing for consumers’ business. According to orthodox economics, it reduces prices, and therefore profits, and thus shifts the division of the economic surplus towards consumers. Competition is generally a Good Thing. Unless you’re … Continue reading

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Catch-up

The by-elections are done, and in Bradfield, Lucy Gabb of the Liberal Democrats has so far received 516 votes, or 0.8% of the total. I think this is an excellent result for a campaign by an unknown party with no … Continue reading

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