Author: Erin

So Jonathan’s off on his boring “centrism is stupid” high horse again.  But clearly, it’s not centrism, but Jonathan who is stupid. Centrism is the opposite of stupid: it’s a smart and sophisticated reaction to the world as it is, and to political reality. Centrism recognises there’s some middle ground between a flat tax and […]

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 Once upon a time, I counted myself a Republican.  It’s a true story.  And not just a Republican, but a hard-core, social-conservative Republican.  I was anti-abortion-rights, pro-death-penalty, pro-prayer-in-schools.  I was your cliche, full-on, religious-conservative Republican.  And I lived in the US at the time, and was surrounded by friends who felt the same. *edit*: A […]

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All over my facebook today, people are citing the fake MLK quote about celebrating death and making quite disparaging remarks toward the people who are expressing pleasure with the fact Osama Bin Laden is dead.  I’ve wanted to engage in a conversation about it, but given both the fact it’s not in one place, and […]

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There’s a great new blog, Bleeding Heart Libertarian, that I’ve been fondly reading over the last week, dealing with issues of markets and social justice.  There was a quote in a recent post that kind of reflected, in a funny way, my thinking about the Carbon Tax: Taxation, to be justified, must serve a genuine […]

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Last night, I had the privilege of attending a USSC event in Sydney, in which former Prime Minister John Howard spoke about the US-Australian relationship.  I was genuinely surprised by Mr Howard’s graciousness, particularly toward past and present Labor party members, and his humility.  I hadn’t expected to be so impressed by him. Content-wise, though, […]

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It’s truly horrible to read about what happened to CBS Foreign Correspondant Lara Logan, who was raped and beaten while covering events in Egypt.  Much of the conversation around the issue has been appalling, but I can highly recommend this post from The Pursuit of Harpyness as an incredibly well-written and insightful take on what […]

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So everyone’s talking about the flood tax. The “tax on mateship”. Whatever. Both parties have behaved more-than-a-little cynically in their approach to the situation, and everyone’s talking about the solution- a flood levy- rather than the underlying problem which is, of course, risk. More specifically, it’s a conversation about what risk should be socialized, and […]

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