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December 23, 2018

Season’s greetings, gentle readers, for  Christmas 2018, with 2019 ahead. Henry wishes all readers a happy Christmas, or holiday, for those who find ‘Christmas’ a puzzling event.  Also may 2019 be kind to all of us, though international events and unsound domestic economic policies make that unlikely.

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December 8, 2018

To live in Australia is to have won the lottery of life — unless you happen to be one of those whose ancestors have been here for tens of thousands of years. That’s the Australian paradox. Vast numbers of people from around the world would risk death to be here, yet the First Australians often live in the conditions that people come to Australia to escape. We are the very best of countries, except for the people who were here...

November 25, 2018

This is the text of the inaugural P.M. Glynn Lecture on Religion, Law and Public Life given by the former High Court judge Dyson Heydon at the Australian Catholic University, Adelaide, in October 2017. It is being republished in November 2018, together with a number of commentaries, in a book titled ‘Today’s Tyrants: Responding to Dyson Heydon’ (Kapunda Press/Connor Court, Brisbane).

Today, October 17, is the feast day of St Ig...

November 10, 2018

'The insurgents  were crazy' the latest former PM said on ABC TV. 'Look at all my achievements - a strongly growing economy, etc, etc.

I forgot to write the list down, but the strong economy is due to excessive fiscal stimulus at the time of the GFC, when the Head of Treasury and the Treasurer panicked, very slow shift to reduce fiscal stimulus since then, very low cash interest rates  and the newly stable relatively low wages....

November 3, 2018

The coming week includes the one hundredth anniversary of the end of the Great War. Henry is attending several events where distinguished Australians speak on the subject.  The discussion usually includes the basis of the famous poem, the forth verse of which was later described by  Rudyard  Kipling as '“the most beautiful expression of sorrow in the English language”.

Here is the great poem.

For the Fallen

by Laurence...

October 17, 2018

When bad stuff happens, look to your inner Adolf

Things are crook in Tallarook, says my friend and economics mentor, Henry Thornton.

Henry recently provided on his blog a longish list of the bad stuff that happens these days. 

We might have to add, however, some further items to Henry’s list, though tread warily we must in these acutely sensitive days.

There are now vast areas of human life upon which no-one might pass judgement,...

September 8, 2018

When God is reduced to The Cosmic Therapist and we combat the culture wars' defeat of Christian conservatives with a middle-class moralism that prescribes being happy with oneself and nice to others, as Rod Dreher's The Benedict Option  argues, we are bringing knives to a gunfight


Review of The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation
by Rod Dreher
Sentinel, 2017, 288 pages, $30.99

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