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Mathematics of Economic Calculation

Here is a mathematical paper on the calculation problem. First though a little preamble on this. Calculation applies to both centralised and decentralised economies. In a decentralised economy the calculations are performed dynamically and inherently by the actions of the consumers themselves. In a centralised economy the calculations must be performed by central planners. Mises and Hayek hypothesised that the latter is impossible. Just to clarify that point, calculation was only thought to be unsolvable for a centrally planned economy.

AnCaps Against Arsehole Behaviour

A significant problem in AnCap thinking I believe is what they believe is a strength - their deontological moral principles. It leads them to accepting positions which most normal people would consider monstrous because they don't have a grounding in reality and indeed, they explicitly reject it.

If a person had a skin bacteria that could wipe out HIV/AIDS many AnCaps would complete object to the person being "forced" to have a small scraping from their finger - despite the fact that it would save over 1.5 million people per annum.

Farewell Antivaxxer Page

Goodbye […Page Name…],

Thanks everyone, it’s been fun (no sarcasm intended). I am leaving this page due to the appearance of anti-vaxxer posts. While I am generally disposed to entertain the opinions of just about anybody (if for no other reason than intellectual curiosity), I adhere to a strict regime of not engaging with anti-vaxxers under any circumstances.

Trump's Politics to Australia via Israel

How Trump’s far-right politics could reach Australian shores — thanks to Israeli influence

Right now Malcolm Turnbull is schmoozing with the most right wing leader Israel has ever had, Bibi Netanyahu, to celebrate a victory for a one hundred year old war that we had no business fighting.

And three days ago it was announced that Australia signed a multi-billion dollar deal with Rafael, an Israeli arms company.

This past month police dressed a terrorist in a keffiyeh, the Palestinian scarf shown below, as a prop for a police drill.

What's good about being an Aussie?

What's good about being an Aussie is that at the last election four One Nation candidates were elected to parliament - as opposed to 9 Indigenous candidates, 3 practising Muslims (including our first female one), 9 LGB candidates (with the first transgender Aussie candidate gaining a 1.2% swing for their party) and 18 candidates from a non-English speaking background.

A little bit of racism

Three days ago my mate Michael Brull wrote on article in New Matilda.

Yesterday, Senator Sydney Sam Dastyari was harassed by a group of obvious racists.

The group was led by 'Nazi Neil' Erikson, a man convicted for stalking a rabbi, and a close friend of far-right Zionist 'Ozraeli' Avi Yemini.

For bread and roses

On this hundredth anniversary of the October Revolution, for what it's worth, I don't want to mark it for the men and women who seized power in Russia. Right or wrong, they can and ought to be judged critically but fairly.

I want to mark this anniversary for the nameless millions of men and women, young and old, of all cultures, of all ethnic backgrounds, of all genders and sexualities, who have fought so valiantly --

For dignity. The dignity of each child to grow to their full potential and to flourish as a human being.

On Josh Frydenberg's Mum

Mr Turnbull - I want to talk to you about Josh Frydenberg.

Your speech about Frydenberg's mother and the suffering of stateless Jewish refugees during the Nazi era would have been inspiring and statesmanlike, had it been in any fucking way genuine and heartfelt. Instead it was another of your pathetic attempts to save your pathetic government.

Inequality and Loss of Empathy

The multinational Unilever, which owns Streets icecream, has announced its intention with the Fair Work Commission to terminate the current enterprise agreement. This will lead to a paycut of up to 46% to some workers, and naturally enough, workers are less than happy with the proposal. We will keep in mind that icecream workers are not exactly known for their excessive incomes and lavish lifestyles. As a result, unions have called for a public boycott.

Joe Toscano for Northcote

The Victorian Legislative seat of Northcote is located approximately five kilometres north east of Melbourne. It includes the suburbs of Alphington, Fairfield, Northcote, Thornbury and parts of Preston. The electorate is bounded by Darebin Creek in the east, Merri Creek in the west, the Yarra River in the south and Bell St in the north. It is approximately 25 square kilometres in area and approximately 55,000 people reside in the electorate. It is rapidly becoming gentrified. Significant pockets still have people on old age, disability and single parent benefits living in the electorate.

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