SmartPhones: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

Free Exchange mentions Matt Yglesias on the underdeveloped possibilities of smart phones. Like most major, general innovations it’ll take years for the full impact to filter through: What makes this particularly interesting is the fact that information and communication technologies (of which smartphones represent an extraordinarily elegant and powerful marriage) are a general purpose technology. […]

Green Reflections and the New Reactionaries

After all the ink, pixels and airtime spilled over the Greens this weekend, it hardly seems possible that I could add anything. But my response to commenter GangGreen started me thinking. All the talk of the function and decline of the Greens touches on the development of a troubling political movement: the New Reactionaries, the […]

Public Economics: Tool of Big Government Tools

There are a lot of people who are pissed off they no can longer claim that capitalism hurts ordinary workers.  The 19th- 20th centuries were the longest and most convincing economic-political experiment in human history. Laughed into oblivion every time they claim capitalism hasn’t improved ordinary people’s lives, they take legitimate economic insights and build […]

Public Economics: Tool of Big Government Tools

There are a lot of people who are pissed off they no can longer claim that capitalism hurts ordinary workers.  The 19th- 20th centuries were the longest and most convincing economic-political experiment in human history. Laughed into oblivion every time they claim capitalism hasn’t improved ordinary people’s lives, they take legitimate economic insights and build […]

Housing Affordability Culprit Found: No Action Taken

Excitement! Someone  has actually started making a serious argument about what is really driving housing affordability issues. Well, the Housing Industry Association has, which is a pity because they hardly present as having an impartial perspective. Report done by the Centre for International Economics. Key finding: 36-44% of final price driven by tax and government […]

The Trouble With Smart – Part 1

The way Andrew Leigh MP spanked former ALP Senator John Black for his views  on the Federal implications of the Queensland election reveals a core problem for policy and economic research. This is Leigh’s slapdown tweet (courtesy of Catallaxy): It’s important to understand that Leigh is a former ANU economist with a Harvard PhD and […]

Industry Grows a Pair

I shouldn’t find fault. The stand taken by AIG, BCA and ACCI on green tape is very welcome, particularly as it has got a positive response from the PM. But it is deeply disappointing that industry associations have waited this long, and waited until they could smell a change in community sentiment, before acting. It’s […]

Forced Redundancy Long Overdue for NSW Public Service

Thank God. The  Public Sector Employment and Management Amendment Bill, which passed last week, finally stops the nonsense of carrying unattached public servants with no work to do. And it is a nonsense that we have seen as part of our process and productivity business over the past 2 decades. The idea that someone who […]

Hume of the Week

Now that Mitt Romney is the Republican candidate, we are faced with the Obama-Romney election. Given what happened in 2008 and since, I am attracted by: Eloquence, when at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection; but addressing itself entirely to the fancy or the affections, captivates the willing hearers, and subdues […]

Hume of the Week

Now that Mitt Romney is the Republican candidate, we are faced with the Obama-Romney election. Given what happened in 2008 and since, I am attracted by: Eloquence, when at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection; but addressing itself entirely to the fancy or the affections, captivates the willing hearers, and subdues […]

Look Out! It’s Marshmallow Man!

Risk is something ordinary people are starting to talk about. Cassandra Wilkinson has done her bit, linking  softfall playgrounds (read: risk aversion) with broken adults and declining entrepreneurship. Matt Ridley has been talking sense on risk for years. Risk is something we do badly in the developed world. Particularly since post-war politicians got their hands […]

Honorary Doctorates An Award Too Far

It’s time to retire the honorary doctorate. They diminish both the institution awarding them, and the person receiving them. Whether it’s John Howard or Kylie Minogue, the honorary doctorate is merely a statement that the nomination committee likes someone. And that the University is desperate for some celebrity to rub off, fall on the ground, […]

And They Wonder Why We Don’t Respect Them

Trayvon Martin’s death has been overshadowed by the media corruption surrounding its reporting. And it is corruption, especially at America’s NBC, where a 911 recording was deliberately edited to make George Zimmerman, the man who shot Martin, appear racist. Just as a vindictive Left narrative wanted him to appear, pushed along by Rev Al Sharpton […]

Greens Put Personality Ahead of Good Government

Clover Moore, MP for and Mayor of Sydney, and Jamie Parker, MP for Balmain and former Mayor of Leichhardt, have, as is their wont, been playing the ‘woe-is-me’ victim card. See here, here  and    here. Faced with a reform that increases political checks-and-balances, provides better ways for voters to get help, and adds accountability […]

Inner City Housing Follies – Electorate Stacking Masquerading as Concern

Recently a Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) rejected a 112-apartment development application in the inner Sydney area of Balmain. Nothing to note there in itself, it is an entirely normal outcome.  But the response from councillors and activists reveals the core economic illiteracy, and long term social engineering at the heart of the ALP’s and […]