Category: Politics

I have this horrible, sinking feeling that much of the work that was done to encourage tolerance has backfired. Instead of actually encouraging inclusiveness, the language of tolerance is now used by many as an excuse to never reconsider their opinions. Language designed to encourage inclusiveness has become a way to justify exclusion. I’m glad […]

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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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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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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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