The Octocentenary Of Liberty

Signing of the Magna Carta, 1215Just a quick word to commemorate one of history’s greatest advances in the cause of Liberty.

Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Libertarianism, UK | 4 Comments

A Little Perspective, Please

Bali NineFour hours ago, Australian nationals Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the heroin-smuggling syndicate known as the “Bali Nine”, were executed by firing squad on Nusakambangan Island in Indonesia. A ten-year-long media feeding frenzy might now finally come to a halt.

Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Libertarianism | 13 Comments

UK Election 2015 – How Much Difference Will It Make?


Just a quick conversation starter while I’m out the back cutting wood. The UK general election, to be held in ten days’ time, could be a watershed in western politics, not just the British variety. Or it could be yet another business-as-usual fizzer.

Continue reading

Posted in UK | 10 Comments

The ANZAC Centenary

They shall not grow old,
as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning,
we will remember them.


25th April, 1915

Posted in Australia

The Right To Discriminate

HateCrime…or, depending on your viewpoint, the right to freedom of association, the right to be a bigot, or the right to uphold the principles of religion.

At first glance, it looks straightforward enough. Mike Pence, the Governor of the State of Indiana, is reported to have watered down a bill that would have protected Christian businesses from being forced to provide services which ran counter to their religious principles. The example most frequently cited is Christian bakeries and florists being forced to supply gay weddings.

Continue reading

Posted in Libertarianism, United States of America | 8 Comments

Israel Speaks

(call to order and intro begin at 22:20)

Wow. I mean, WOW.

I have heard some great speeches in my time. Some years ago, I posted on this blog Ronald Reagan’s 1964 speech supporting Republican Presidential nominee Barry Goldwater. I was personally present at the steps of the Sydney Opera House in 1986 to hear Pope John Paul the Great, and four years later to hear Nelson Mandela speak to the Australian people as a free man. In 1997, along with millions around the world, I watched with sadness as Earl Spencer eulogized his recently-deceased sister.

Continue reading

Posted in United States of America | 19 Comments

It’s The Westminster System, Stupid

AbbottTurnbullReporting on the Australian Labor government’s palace coup in 2013 was both instructive for me and jolly good fun. Fun, because I personally loathed many of the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd administration’s policies and could not wait for them to be booted out of office. Changing leaders only months out from a federal election all but guaranteed they would be fired by the people in short order. Instructive, because it has made plain that the balance of our system of government has tilted markedly in the past half century.

Continue reading

Posted in Australia | 59 Comments