Author Archives: Paul Frijters

Is destroying illegal ivory a really bad idea?

Governments around the world have in recent years destroyed their seized stockpiles of illegal ivory, egged on by the World Wildlife Federation which believes it sends a signal to gangs that kill Elephants and Rhinos for their tusks. In January, … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Panama Papers

The leak of 11.5 million confidential papers from the Mossack Fonseca consulting firm in Panama promises to be a major source of information on the tax avoiding shenanigans of the elites. Already, 800 Australians are reportedly under investigation, and dozens … Continue reading

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Turkish government handsomely rewarded for realpolitik

I visited Turkey in April last year, traveling through the country, witnessing the troubles of the leadership of the ruling AKP party: it had just lost a general election that left it without a workable majority in parliament and only … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy, Ethics, History, Immigration and refugees, Journalism, Miscellaneous, Political theory, Politics - international, Print media, Society, Terror | 9 Comments

Legal shockwaves following the dissection of the oath.

Following Nick and Rex’s tongue-in-cheek deconstruction of the ‘concept’ and ‘gravitational waves’, news has just come in that the oath witnesses take in Australia has been sliced into its fundamental constituents: perjury, utopia, and blasphemy. ‘It was quite easy to … Continue reading

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Is Julian Assange about to get arrested? And what then?

Queensland boy Julian Assange seems set to walk out of the Ecuadorian embassy soon, hoping that the announcement by the UN human rights panel on the arbitrariness of his detention will protect him from being arrested. The baseline scenario is … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Ethics, History, Information, Journalism, Law, Libertarian Musings, Life, Media, Politics - international, Society | 28 Comments

How bad were the good old days of Hawke/Keating?

Among Australian economists, the reform years of Bob Hawke and Paul Keating (1983-1996) have achieved near mythical status. Their governments have been credited with opening up the country to foreign competition via reductions of the tariffs, freeing industry from the … Continue reading

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Surprises of the Internet

With the Internet being a regular feature of our lives for about 20 years now, what have been the related developments that were hard to pick at the outset? What are the lessons? Five thoughts: Communication and personal expression is … Continue reading

Posted in Best From Elsewhere, Business, Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy, Geeky Musings, History, Information, Innovation, IT and Internet, Libertarian Musings, Miscellaneous, Philosophy, Political theory, Public and Private Goods, Science | 21 Comments