Politics and Liberty Articles 2018-2020

Wealth will weaken if we ever yield to populism

The Australian, 24 January 2020

This week’s Davos meeting of virtue-signallers and plutocrats was preceded last week by a meeting at Stanford University of the Mont Pelerin Society. Long dominated by Milton Friedman, among the society’s luminaries today are two former US secretaries of state, George Shultz and Condoleezza Rice.

Soleimani’s assassination and its aftermath

Catallaxy Files, 8 January 2020

A mass murderer calling himself a general is killed on Donald Trump’s orders either and/or because he escalated terror by killing yet another American or to take him out before he escalated even further.

Australia’s election result: a reprieve not a recovery

Catallaxy Files, 23 May 2019

Reprieve was possible but feared the worst.  Steve Kates offers a comprehensive 10-point summary of why the ALP lost.  I have a more succinct version in Canada’s Financial Post which highlights the key reasons being cost-pregnant green policies and the tax hikes on superannuation.

Election promises: eating the seed corn that generates sustained economic growth

Catallaxy Files, 14 May 2019

I have a piece in the Spectator that addresses the importance of savings to provide the capital that underpins wealth creation.  Savings themselves will be severely constrained where the state or other looters can exproproate them or where the state imposes regulatory requirements that devalue the savings a

Dog Dirt is No Substitute for Debate

Quadrant Online, 8th May 2019

There is now a narrow path to victory for the Coalition.  It relies upon them winning a couple of seats in Queensland and Tasmania, regaining Indi and making a net loss of only two elsewhere (in addition to the likely loss of Farrer to the Shooters, Farmers and Fishers).  But more than one loss is likely in Victoria, and

The red and blue of the US mid-terms

Catallaxy Files, 12 November 2018

The US mid-terms: a victory for Trump?

Many on the right felt relief at the outcome of the US mid-terms, where the message was that the incumbent President predictably loses support.  The House