Tag Archives: left

What’s that about simplistic neoclassical models again?

Almost any statistic coming out of China can boggle the mind. In such a huge place, undergoing such rapid change, the sheer numbers in any area of inquiry are almost incredible. Especially to someone from the tiny peripheral nation that … Continue reading

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Where the Australian Greens go wrong

I have voted Green more often than I have voted Labor (I’ve never voted for the party I’m a member of, but that’s because there hasn’t been a candidate in my electorate yet). I do so for a number of … Continue reading

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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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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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Poverty and trade, post-Left

I used to think of myself as left-wing. I despised the Liberals, hated Reagan, supported public education and public hospitals, opposed the GST and supported the Tobin tax, believed profits were tantamount to social waste, protested privatisation, and thought ‘right-wing’ … Continue reading

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