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Illogical Conservatism

Conservatism is illogical and inconsistent. When it comes to education, most conservatives have no objection to socialism. They are fine with sending their kids to public schools. At the same time, conservatives are fine with socialism when it comes to law-enforcement and the military. In fact, conservatives worship those socialist institutions. But when it comes to healthcare, though, they do an about face.

Three Cornered Contest

The G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, highlights there are an increasing number of people, not just in Germany who are unhappy with the direction the world is going in. Forty years of neo-liberal experimentation have only succeeded in concentrating power and wealth in the hands of a very small minority. When less than 20 people have more wealth at their disposal than the poorest three billion (yes, 3 billion!), you know there is something not right with the world.

Democracy in the Jewish Community

It needs to be said again, I am not pushing non-Zionism; I am pushing for democracy in the Jewish community.

Yes, I am a non-Zionist. But Israel is a goliath an ocean away and David’s slingshots don’t pack that sort of range. I am much more frustrated at Zionism in Sydney’s Jewish community, and the way it shuts out any Jews who disagree with them.
In Sydney it isn’t only Zionism that shuts others out. Anyone who’s different is constantly reminded that they do not belong here.

The Socialists Won The Economic Calculation Debate

Contrary to popular belief among Austrian School economists and right-libertarians, it is not readily apparent that the Austrians won the socialist calculation debate. The responses of Enrico Barone, Fred Taylor, Oskar Lange, and Abba Lerner were quite adequate. Most economists even thought that the socialists had won the debate.

Life Expectations

bA child born in Australia today can expect, on average, to live 82.5 years. As a country we have the third highest life expectancy in the world after Switzerland and Singapore. Considering we have almost three times the population of Switzerland and seven times the population of Singapore and we have a very high immigrant population from all over the world, we must be doing something right.

The Lafayette Law of Value

I've been saying this for years, and commented on various 'blogs etc with this argument. It is well about time that I stated it in a single post.

Value is objective in supply.
Value is subjective in demand.
Value is intersubjective in price.

That's the Lafayette Law of Value. Thank you.

The Great Sleeper

In “State up for Grabs” (Sunday Age 16/7) Farrah Tomazin canvasses the idea of the Victorian Greens holding the balance of power after the next State election in 2018. She suggests that Brunswick, Richmond and Northcote could fall to the Greens as a result of a number of issues. Unfortunately she does not canvass the elephant in Labor’s inner city seats – public housing. Under the Housing Minister, Martin Foley, the Labor government has embarked on a policy of privatising public housing by stealth.

Syria Update: Nothing Newsworthy

I know, it's been forever since I did one of these, but that's because nothing newsworthy has been happening. The Kurds are continuing to slowly grind through ISIS's capital city of Raqqa, which has turned out to be a very long and difficult fight. The rebels are mostly occupied with fighting against each other. The regime has been slowly clearing ISIS out of the desert in preparation for an eventual assault on Deir-az-Zor. Things are progressing slowly.

Master of the Universe

Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the separatist People's Republic of Donetsk, has proclaimed the creation of the Republic of Malorussia (Russia Minor) which includes all of Ukraine.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/ukrainian-separatists-proc...

Karl Marx: "I am not a Marxist!"

In 1883, Karl Marx wrote a letter to Paul Lafargue and Jules Guesde, the French Marxists, and accused them of denying the importance of reformist struggles. Marx had become more sympathetic to parliamentary politics as a tool for bettering the condition of workers and began to realize the importance of trade unionism for ameliorating the woes of the proletariat; and had begun the revision of Marxism that would ultimately be completed by Eduard Bernstein.

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