Author Archives: Nicholas Gruen

We’re All Free Riders. Get over It! The public goods of the twenty-first century (Part One)

Below is a link to my first article on a new alternative economics website – Evonomics – which has only been going fror a short period of time. It’s pretty nicely set out and emerged out of the evolution institute. The guy who … Continue reading

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Neoliberal? Moi?

Though wildly tendentious, this  piece by Monbiot is an excellent spray against neoliberalism, a subject with which your correspondent has a vexed relation. I used to describe myself as a neoliberal, but now I’m afraid due to a mixture of distaste at its excesses and the … Continue reading

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That’s one small step for government as impresario

Last night I attended the launch of Creative State which was the culmination of over a year of engagement between the Victorian Government and the arts community. It involved a taskforce or some such and an Expert Reference Group – on which I sat. Anyway the Minister … Continue reading

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Spanish film festival

Festival Website | Films | Schedule Top Picks Spanish Affair 2 (Opening Night) Returning from months at sea, Koldo is met by his beloved Merche, who is less than impressed with him after his long absence. With her head held … Continue reading

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Forecasting: the (Open) Road Ahead

Below the introduction to a piece in The Mandarin today. We shoot the breeze about who’ll win the next election or footy match. Virtually none of it helps predict the future. But we’re driven on … as if somehow it will. We do it with the … Continue reading

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From the High Court: We decide who comes here and if not, by the number they are known

From the High Court, 2002 Barrister Geoffrey Johnson: Well, your Honour, if it is of assistance, the practice in the Federal Court…has been to call the applicant by the assigned name. Guadron, J.: The assigned name? Johnson: Well, there is … Continue reading

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Evidence-based policy making – Part One: The problems

As I’ve suggested before, a key to the development of the modern world was the evolution of new public goods (the other key was the development of new private goods. Capiche? The world is an ecology of both at every level of society … Continue reading

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