Category Archives: Politics – international

The brighter side of the absurd behaviour of our cousins in the Anglosphere

  Being a ‘young country’ as we keep congratulating ourselves, we seem free of some of the greater absurdities of the Old World. Then again there’s at least something to be said for them. Having a kind of Monty Python show as … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Economics and public policy, Environment, Miscellaneous, Politics - international, Social, Society, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Decentralised preferences and centralised prejudice: the case of racial sorting

Racial Sorting and the Emergence of Segregation in American Cities by Allison Shertzer, Randall P. Walsh – #22077 (DAE LE) Abstract: Residential segregation by race grew sharply in the United States as black migrants from the South arrived in northern … 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

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

Don’t mention the war causation (the thoughts of Annabel Crabb)

The Twittersphere was abuzz with pointless debate a couple of weeks ago when Annabel Crabb had a televisual meal with Coalition hardman Scott Morrison on her perniciously vacuous program Kitchen Cabinet.  My own views about that controversy are well encapsulated … Continue reading

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Opening our doors to more refugees

Henry Ergas offers let’s say a bracing perspective on our increased refugee intake which is to say that we should profile refugees to try to screen out those with odious views – many of whom will be Muslims. It’s quite … Continue reading

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