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The Dutton Ternary Paradox

It is understandable that, when a governing party is faced with downward opinion polls, that they may attempt to throw a dead cat. Immigration is always a good target these days, even for a country built on immigrant labour (how quickly we forget).

Understanding Supply and Demand

In a recent interview with Leigh Sales of ABC1, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, claimed that he didn't need any evidence for his claims that a third of "investors" will leave the property market if Labor's proposals on negative gearing are introduced and that Labor's negative gearing reforms would "take a sledgehammer" to property prices.

Porco Rosso: The Red Pig

Last Sunday I visited the beautiful deco-era Astor Cinema to see a Studio Ghibli double, My Neighbor Totoro and Porco Rosso. For those of a political mind, the latter is a very interesting historical fantasy. Set during the Great Depression it follows the adventures of a former WWI Italian fighter pilot who now makes his money as a bounty-hunter against "air pirates" on the Adriatic coastline. As a fantasy film the pilot has been struck by a curse and has been turned into an anthropomorphic pig.

Letter to Andrew Broad, Federal Member for Mallee

To: mallee@aph.gov.au
CC: ctesta@sunraysiadaily.com.au

RE: Marriage Equality

Saturday, February 13, 2016
Andrew Broad,
Federal Member for Mallee

Dear Mr. Broad,

I read with interest the recent attention concerning your comments on marriage equality have generated. I hope you will be able to elaborate on some matters that logically arise.

Isocracy As Supervenience from Socialism + Liberalism + Anarchism

The new Isocracy committee for 2015-2016 has a fairly active member of the Labor Party as a president, and now a fairly active member of the Liberal Party as vice-president. For some people on the left this would be an anathema - imagine having a member of the Liberal Party of Australia, the chief conservative and often reactionary party on the committee of a body that espouses libertarian socialism. How can this be possible?

Memories of Reluctant Advocacy : Asylum Seekers

It was about fifteen ago I attended a fundraising quiz night for an asylum seeker advocacy group at Trades Hall, following a report on the detention centre in Woomera [1]. The quiz night raised a few hundred dollars from the assorted (mainly) student activists. However a couple of days prior to the event I had been doing some additional work; I was able to announce pledges from state Labor MPs for over two thousand dollars.

Property is not so simple

Matt Malesky "Now, legal plunder can be committed in an infinite number of ways. Thus we have an infinite number of plans for organizing it: tariffs, protection, benefits, subsidies, encouragements, progressive taxation, public schools, guaranteed jobs, guaranteed profits, minimum wages, a right to relief, a right to the tools of labor, free credit, and so on, and so on. All these plans as a whole --with their common aim of legal plunder -- constitute socialism."
~ Frederic Bastiat

The Worst Secular Argument Against Marriage Equality

There are a number of bad religious arguments against legal marriage equality founded in unprovable metaphysical speculations (mostly on proposals of divine authorship of holy books), but perhaps the worst secular argument is the suggestion that marriage should be reserved for couples capable of breeding. The Prime Minister of Australia in 2003, John Howard, expressed this attitude when he stated:

The Idiot Wind Blows No Good

Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your mouth
Blowing down the backroads headin' south
Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your teeth
You're an idiot, babe
It's a wonder that you still know how to breathe

Groupthink and Unpopular Truths Among The Socialists

Several months ago I recently engaged in an initially slightly cheeky (FB) response to an IS (International Socialists) advocate on Facebook. The article itself was a rather idealistic perspective that Lenin's approach to party organisation is what led the Bolsheviks not to fall into line (as other social democratic parties) into supporting their national capitalist classes in the First World War and lead a succesful revolution.

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