The Trump administration’s executive order halting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries was trumpeted as protecting Americans from the threat of terrorism. However it is more likely to end up fueling the narratives of extremist groups fighting the United States. There are reports of Daesh (ISIS) celebrating the Muslim bans. Banning heavily vetted visitors is unlikely… Continue reading The Common Goal of Team Trump and Daesh (ISIS)
This is my presentation at a Melbourne Argument debate at the Royal Oak Hotel North Fitzroy on February 8. My opponent was Ted Lapkin a former adviser in the Abbott government. (Video of debate) When looking at economic prosperity and political liberty, the private property rights we are concerned about are the ownership rights of… Continue reading Private Property Rights are Essential not only to Economic Prosperity but to Political Liberty – The No Case
Paper to be presented at Historical Materialism Sydney Conference 2016, November 25 I don’t think anyone would contradict me if I said that the subjective conditions for communist revolution are totally absent at the moment. In other words, there is no support for any sort of move in the direction of a classless society where… Continue reading In Defence of Vulgar Materialism
Judith Sloan has a piece in the Weekend Australian that aims to convince us that immigration levels should be cut back. The annual intake of permanent migrants, excluding humanitarian entrants, is 190,000. She argues that current levels are a burden on current inhabitants through congestion, environmental pressures or housing affordability. She also says that some of… Continue reading The case for high immigration
Bjorn Lomborg has a great piece in The Australian tearing organic food to shreds. It is not healthier. It is not better for animal welfare. And it is not better for the environment. Here is a copy outside the paywall.
This is the text of a talk I am giving at the Monthly Argument on Wednesday October 19, The Royal Oak Hotel, Fitzroy. Is capitalism the best system on offer? As you are well aware we presently live under the capitalist system where the means of production are owned primarily by a small ruling class.… Continue reading Is capitalism the best system on offer?
This is a talk I gave at a Monthly Argument debate back in June at the Royal Oak Hotel in Fitzroy. There is a widespread view among greenies that continued economic growth is impossible because of ecological and resource limits. If this were true, it would be a very sorry state of affairs given the generally… Continue reading Debunking Limits to Growth