Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Firm

He’s getting hitched in a few hours. And I’m supposed to be excited.

Posted in Australia, Commonwealth of Nations, UK | 26 Comments

Thrice Denied

Gosh—I’m a denier!

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The Price Of Freedom

Today, April 25th, marks the ninety-sixth anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, or ANZACs, on the shores of Gallipoli in the Turkish Dardanelles, on a stony beach of a bay now re-named Anzac Cove. … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Commonwealth of Nations, Libertarianism | 5 Comments

Or I’ll Huff, And I’ll Puff…

Unlike immigration, which as I said is a complicated issue with no simple, pat, one-line solution, the issue of smoking from a Libertarian viewpoint is pretty cut-and dried (pun discovered only after proof-reading). So this will be a much shorter post.

Posted in Libertarianism | 13 Comments

Libertarianism And Immigration

I was going to wait a while before tackling this issue, but it has become topical in so many countries, including those of most of you reading this, that it’s appropriate we look at it today. It isn’t a cut … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Libertarianism, Rights | 29 Comments

The Missing Fifty Million

Fifty million people—the equivalent population of Burma, South Korea, Spain or South Africa—they’ve gone. Vanished. Or perhaps, more precisely, they’ve been disappeared.

Posted in AGW | 21 Comments

Gaia Rights

For those of you wondering why I expend so many words banging on about rights, here’s a story which illustrates the point nicely.

Posted in Libertarianism, Rights | 8 Comments


I promised myself that I’d stay away from Global Warming, at least until some new wrinkle turned up that promised some sort of interesting discussion. But seeing as GE is away, surfing apparently (you’ll forgive my antipodean snickering as I … Continue reading

Posted in AGW, Australia | 13 Comments

Liberté, Égalité, Sororité

Today marks the official introduction of France’s new law banning the burqua and niqab in public places. Under it, gendarmes encountering a person wearing this garment are forbidden to forcibly remove it, but if she refuses their request to lift … Continue reading

Posted in Libertarianism, Religion, Rights | 16 Comments


The scene: a desolate, barren moonscape. Lightning bolts flash occasionally across a blackened sky. Boiling, bubbling lava pools dot the ground as far as the eye can see, sending plumes of reeking smoke into the gloom. The only sounds are … Continue reading

Posted in AGW, Australia, China, Daily Telegraph Blog Disaster, Libertarianism, Rights | 17 Comments