Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Deep Structures of the Cultural Marxism myth

That is the tile of an article by Sandwichman which is easy to digest ( get it!).

Can I suggest you read all the links and Barkley Rosser's comment.

The Blogosphere can be a very educative place.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

More on the Citizenship debacle

Graeme Orr assists us all in understanding the current debacle on citizenship ( and pecuniary interest). Here is Richard Ackland
As I said yesterday I think Section 44 of the Constitution should be changed but I find that highly improbable given the history of referendums in Australia.
On a related topic It is clear now the government is in deep decline. The idea of a conspiracy is laughable as it proved yesterday.It shows that the Government's leadership group is either out of touch or bordering on delusional. It also provoked an international incident.
This exacerbates the trend that was shown when Joyce was allowed to continue as Deputy Prime Minister in complete contrast to Canavan.
They are fast becoming a shambles. Having Turnbull doing Abbott impressions is not a good look. Abbott was an embarrassment. Turnbull could become so as well if he keeps this up.

One more thing. Even if you do not like Tony Burke, and I do not like him, he is super impressive in Parliament.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Fancy the Greens having more integrity than other parties

I would have never thought the Greens of all parties would have more integrity than other parties but in the recent furore concerning dual citizenship they have shown this is the case.
Both Green Senators immediately resigned when they realised they were dual citizens as they should have.
HOWEVER the other three 'clowns' have been shown up as people without any scruples at all. Obfuscation, dissembling, lying  and outright hypocrisy have been to the fore.

If one wishes to be a politician then in most parties you are told to examine whether you hold dual citizenship or not. If you are born in another country or either of your parents have been then you clearly should make some enquiries.
Clearly in three cases this was not done. (I might add the very idea of one's  mother getting you citizenship and not telling you is a woeful excuse!)

The Government is being shown up for sheer hypocrites. After essentially sneering at the Greens when it occurred to their two senators and saying it was correct they resign. They then said Canavan only needed to resign from the Ministry and not vote in the Senate BUT somehow this does not apply to Joyce! Huh?
If the Government has legal advice that shows Joyce position is legal then that advice should be made public.

Yes this part of the Constitution is silly however changing it is very problematic and ensuring you are eligible to be a candidate is not that hard.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Migration and Terror

This is the title of a very good article by messrs  Dreher, Gassebner and Schaudt ( who looks somewhat like Kenneth Branagh.)

Let me take their entire summary which says 'Stricter immigration and visa policies are a common reaction to terrorist attacks. This column uses historical data from 20 OECD countries to show that while the number of terror attacks increased with the number of foreigners living in a host country, migrants were not more likely to become terrorists than the locals of the country in which they were living. The results also show that bans on Muslim immigration would be more likely to increase the risk of terror than make the domestic population safer.'

Not just very good but essential reading

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Around the Traps 11/8/17

It is time for Around the Traps again.

Northern America
Andrew Gelman (mainly statistics)
Genial Dave Giles ( econometrics)
Dianne Coyle ( quirky + book reviews)
Vox Wonk

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

North Korea

After Trump's stupid comments North Korea is in the news.
My view is examine what people in Seoul are doing to see if there is a threat or not.

In the meantime read:

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Choice and Economics

Choice is an essential ingredient to economics and thus for capitalism to work properly.

Chris Dillow a thoughtful communist ( yes I know that is an oxymoron but he does describe as a communist. Me thinks he is more a social democrat?) elaborates on choice and economics.
Highly interesting and enjoyable.

As ca bonus and now for something completely different from Chris fiscal-policy-with-a-flat-phillips-curve