Category: Politics

What to do, what to do

For those outside of Australia, we’ll be having our federal election on Saturday. The major contestants are John Howard, the incumbent conservative leader of the Liberal Party who has been in power since 1996, and Kevin Rudd, leader of the centrist Australian Labor Party. Once again, as a staunch libertarian I find myself faced with […]

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The Creation Museum

Here’s a slideshow of the recently opened Creation Museum in Cincinnati. Some of the texts from the signs are absolute classics. Take these for example: How did dinosaurs fit on Noah’s Ark? Most dinosaurs were reasonably small – the size of a sheep or pony, on average. Even large sauropods, as young adults, were not […]

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Ron Paul for President

Ordinarily I wouldn’t vote for a Texas Republican, but there’s a first time for everything…

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Radical, you think?

Today I was reading the Haaretz, one of Israel’s larger newspapers. The head banner advertised this book. When I followed the link to see what the book was about the linked site pointed out that the book had been banned from advertising with Google and deleted from Amazon. Naturally this intrigued me, so I delved […]

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“Just a goddamned piece of paper” — George Bush

Bush executive order: Blocking Property of Certain Persons Who Threaten Stabilization Efforts in Iraq [here]: If the Secretary of the Treasury thinks you are at risk of committing an act of violence [whether or not you actually have committed an act of violence] in order to protest the policies of the Iraqi government or the […]

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Is walking bad for the environment?

Apparently walking to the shops is worse for the environment, in terms of greenhouse emissions, than driving (see article here). The authors of the study attribute this to the massive amounts of energy that go into modern day food production, making human energy expenditure less efficient than for automobiles.

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Bulgaria adopts 10% flat tax

From World Politics Review, Bulgaria is intending on adopting a 10% flat tax rate. This is a huge win for libertarians like myself. From the article: Since Estonia adopted a flat tax rate in 1994, enjoying very robust GDP growth ever since, Eastern European countries have been gradually warming to this system that promises to […]

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US government has right to arbitrarily confiscate property

Bush has issued an executive order that effectively bypasses the Fifth Amendment, allowing the government to arbitrarily confiscate property. Amongst other things, the text of the executive order specifies that people “undermining efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq or to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people” may have all their […]

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Chinese air polution

We’ve all heard the saying that living in Shanghai is like smoking a pack a day. Well it seems there’s some substance to this. According to this report up to 750,000 people die each from air pollution in China’s larger cities, findings which have been censored by the Chinese government. This doesn’t come as an […]

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