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Land Value Tax and Basic Income Already Exist

People often object to land value tax because they think it will increase their taxes. However, for most working class folks, your taxes would actually go down. In reality, you probably already pay land value tax. Most of us pay a land value tax to a landlord in the form of rent or to a bank in the form of mortgage payments. This "tax" in the form of rent allows landlords and capitalists (mortgage holders) to survive and thrive without having to actually work for a living like the rest of us.

Cruelty for Cruelty's Sake

This is the form parents held in detention on Nauru were required to sign if they wanted to be considered for the US swap. It effectively requires them to permanently give up their children.

This isn't protecting our borders, upholding government policy or sending a strong message. It is cruelty for cruelty's sake.

Meanwhile in Melbourne

On Friday I posted a picture of a man who appeared to have been beaten by police at a rally in Melbourne against the treatment of detainees on Manus Island.

At the time my understanding was that the man had intervened when a group of men attacked a speaker at the rally, and was subsequently beaten and arrested by police.

Actually he was beaten and arrested for trying to stop the police taking away another man who intervened when the speaker was attacked.

I didn't know that then.

Match Report: Australia V Prime Minister’s XI

The international cricket season kicked off last Sunday with the annual charity match between the Prime Minister's XI and the Australian XI at Manuka Oval.

This year's match will be used to raise funds for Julie Bishop's application for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. Bishop has already been given a seat on the council but insists it needs more cushioning.

Perfect Competition and Equilibrium

Pyotr Malatesta

Only under conditions of perfect competition, are prices an outcome of equilibrium between supply and demand, and therefore are a measure of efficiency, given an assumed distribution of property.

Since real markets never conform to conditions of perfect competition, there is no reason to think that economies are ever in equilibrium, nor that economies ever "tend" towards equilibrium (this "tending toward equilibrium" is a conceptual confusion, like "always tending towards pregnancy, without ever being pregnant" being the same as "never pregnant" ).

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.

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