Category Archives: Economics and public policy

Universal basic income: notes of an agnostic

Michael Haines, who has previously posted on Troppo, is campaigning for universal income funded from the adoption of sovereign money — which would yield a large amount of seigniorage like revenue to government. Geoff Croker is campaigning for something similar … Continue reading

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How Economics Found Science …and Lost its Subject Matter

Re-evaluating the “equality-efficiency” trade-off Herewith an article that was published by INET a couple of weeks ago, and Evonomics more recently. I’m republishing it here as it’s my ‘blog of record’ as it were, but also because it enables me … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy, Methodology, Philosophy | 2 Comments

Labor Undermining Labour?

I’m a Labor voter and I’ll do as I’ve always done at the upcoming election by voting Labor again. Nonetheless… I think there are at least three Labor Party policy pillars that made sense once upon a time but now … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Politics - national | 10 Comments

How Shorism might win Australia’s federal election

Looking at Australian politics right now, one thing stands out: the federal ALP has become a little Shorist. I don’t know how long it will last, or whether it’s even a conscious strategy. But it’s definitely happening.  What does “Shorist” … Continue reading

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Metaphysical Animals: a feminist masterpiece?

‘A wonderful, important and also a necessary book, which sets the records straight… and celebrates a remarkable quartet of women thinkers’  Peter Conradi I’ve previously mentioned the two books on the Golden Age of female philosophy at Oxford and how … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Critique, Innovation, Isegoria, Philosophy | 2 Comments

Theorisation: Reinventing Orwell and smothering him in verbiage

I’ve spoken about what I call “strategisation” before. This involves dressing something up as particularly strategically apposite. The example I gave is this assertion: Services will continue to make a growing contribution to economic activity in Australia. It is therefore … Continue reading

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Will you join me in the alt-centre? 

It’s a funny thing with names. Names given in jest and contempt are adopted by their targets. After over a decade of marketing consulting services as “Lateral Economics”, I decided it wasn’t so much a brand as a method and … Continue reading

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