Tag Archives: economics

Who Gets What? Part 1

I recently finished reading Who Gets What? Analysing economic inequality in Australia by Frank Stilwell and Kirrily Jordan, a present from my mother. It took me ages, partially because I was reading other things, and also because I kept getting … Continue reading

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The moderate libertarian case for proactive government action on climate change

In the general scheme of things, libertarians oppose government action to deal with problems. There are an array of good reasons for doing so – the problem may be overstated, or non-existent; it may be done better or cheaper privately; … Continue reading

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If only…

Joshua Gans praises the iTunes App Store model, and it inspired me to do the same. I’m with Mr Gans – never before have I bought so much software. The low cost and ease of use means games and whatnot … Continue reading

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The future of progress

Reading the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday, as usual I browsed the letters to the editor. At the top of the page was one from Stephen Asprey of St Ives, bemoaning changes from the good ol’ days. He hit on the … Continue reading

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Taxing questions

The etymology of ‘tax’ is interesting. It derives from the Latin taxare, meaning ‘evaluate’ or ‘assess’, but also ‘handle’ because of its relation to tangere, meaning ‘to touch’ (from which we get ‘tangible’, and ‘tangent’ – a line that just … Continue reading

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Can we build it? Yes, we can!

I’m not a total ignoramus about Cuba, but I didn’t know that for almost 50 years, people there have largely been forbidden to build houses for themselves (or anyone else), or buy and sell them, giving rise to bizarre and … Continue reading

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Corporate welfare stinks

In the newspaper today was an article about an Australian Customs Service investigation into the price of toilet paper. Basically, some companies say other companies are selling toilet paper too cheaply, and they are losing market share because of it, … Continue reading

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Why I’m not an anarchist

Anarchy literally means ‘no rulers’, as opposed to (among others) monarchy, oligarchy, plutocracy, or democracy (where kings or queens, an elite, the rich, or the public make decisions about governance). Despite what reporters, politicians, and the average person on the … Continue reading

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Easy as A-B-C

This topic is old news in blogosphere terms, and the reason I haven’t written about it here is that I’ve been engaged on other blogs (and more I can’t be bothered linking to), either as reader or participant. There are … Continue reading

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Deregulation and discrimination

I don’t like racism or sexism or other discrimination of that nature. I think it’s illogical, stupid, damaging and counter-productive. But as a libertarian*, I firmly believe it should not be illegal. Public institutions absolutely should not discriminate – they … Continue reading

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