The Rathouse
Rafe Champion
Catallaxy Posts  2005
December 2004

9  Liberals and libertarians, left out of the left to right spectrum

9 Four groups who muddied the waters of economic rationalism, (including wet conservatives)

10 Jan Lester's case for the zero state

12 Jim Vincent, an outstanding Australian scientist

14 Windschuttle on White Australia and Bill Hutt on the origins of apartheid

16 Great policy analysis: MacCoun and Reuter on US drug policy

17  A rejoinder to the claim that economic rationalism is the cause of problems at the universities

19 A review of a book of essays on the history of Australian science

21 The dreadful quality of books that attack economic rationalism

23 Peter Rose (editor of  Australian Book Review) on reviewing

26 Popping up again, heads up on a biography of Popper and a rejonder to David Stove's critique of Popper on science

27 Government failure in science, education, health etc

27 Jim Franklin's book on the history of philosophy in Australia

28 Summer reading - CIS Policy, The Skeptic, Quadrant

28 Roderick Murchison, the power of one man in science policy

30 Difficult writing is not necessarily profound!

30 Jacques Barzun and the debate on education

31 The cost of giving: annual update on the cost of the "12 days of Xmas" gift basket

31 A politically incorrect history of the USA



4 Don't be too quick to rubbish 'whacky" research projects (with reference to Keith Barley)

5 Death by slides and boring presentations

8 From Jason's bookshelf, serious crit of John Gray's "Straw Dogs"

9 Rubbishing the cultural cringe, recycling Len Hume's demolition of the myth

9 From Jason's bookshelf - Mark Lilla on intellectuals and the lure of totalitarianism - first of three

9 Lilla on intellectuals and politics - Carl Schmitt's alliance with fascism

10 Popper and Schumpater - dead link to a paper from the Vienna conference

10 Last post on Lilla - why are so many intellectuals infatuated with tyranny?

11 Some physical therapies - Alexander, Feldenkrais, Rolfe, Pilates

11 The wide-ranging scholarship of Ernest Gellner

11 An article predicting that Japan will soon turn their econom around

12  Why Britain was a bad place to start the industrial revolution

12 Peter Coleman and the thin anti-red line of the Association for Cultural Freedom

12 David McKnight defends communism

13 Roger Sandall on the role of film in shaping our ideas about history

14 Chile, a South American success story

14 Review of "Us and Them" eds Sawer and Hindess

15 Outsourcing the presidency

15 Review of Sokal and Bricmont on the waffle of the pomos

16 Review of "The Sociological Imagination" by C Wright Mills

17 Debating communism, moving on from an exchange about the subversion of the communists

17 Overview of the oil industry

18 A description of the Moscow air show

18 Bill Hutt on the right to strike

18 Critical rationalism and Soviet science

19 Caldwell on Hayek and The Road to Serfdom

21 Politically correct Trafalgar

22 The Harry Mackenzie interviews (1) Karl Popper

23 The economics of crime and crime prevention: insights into the mafia

25 Ed West on the rise of public schooling - to the detriment of public education

26 In defence of the traditional university

27 We wuz robbed: Catallaxy done over in the battle of the blogs


5 The life of Sir Hal Colebatch, stalward knight of free trade

6 Review of Bryan Magee's "confessions of a philosopher"

7 Politically correct and incorrect dictatorships

7 Review of Wade Hands on the philosophy of science in economics

9 Bill Hutt on the rise of apartheid and the need for limited government to protect minorities

10 Popper among the libertines: commentary on some papers in the Popper session at the Mont Pelerin meeting in Christchurch

10 Taming the State: Radnitzky on the European miracle, science, critical thinking and taming the state

13 Evolutionary epistemology: review of the published proceedings of a conference in Australia

15 Rene Wellek's rejoinder to deconstruction in its anarchistic tendencies

15 An Australian critique of high theory in literature: Freadman and Miller

15 Michael Warby reviews "the wisdom of crowds"

19 Karl Buhler, pioneer and teacher

19 Boo to Freud and Hooray for Ian D Suttie

22 Are the poor getting poorer? No!

23 Review of Swann and Pratt on methods of educational research

Series of posts on Popper's Open Society, condensed version of volume 1


4 Mario Vargas LLosa gets a gong

4 A course in critical thinking

5 Internet dating, niche sites

7 Bill Hutt on industrial relations

8 Perception of compromise as weakness in some cultures

9 The David Stove cult

11 Dumbing down in education - anti-education comments by educators

11 Footballers as bad role models and the decline of civilisation

11 Dropping out of school (into more appropriate training or work)

12 The Armadillo story, for the Troppo people, from Rudyard Killing's Just So stories.

13 The origin of WEL, the Women's Electoral Lobby with a mention of Beatrice Faust

13 The abstract society (Popper) with a link to Auden on the open and closed society

20 ABC bias - your taxes at work

22 An essay on Edmund Wilson

22 Liam Hudson 1933-2005

22 Samples of hate speach directed at economic rationalists 20 years ago

23 Charles Baird speaks on the language of liberalism at CIS

25 "Liberty, property and no excise" celebrating the defeat of a state whiskey tax in the US 200 years ago

26 Some wonders of science

27 The new laws on conscientious objection to military service in Australia

28 Notice of the book of proceedings from the 2002 Popper Conference in Christchurch

28 An apololgy from the Bulletin to Keith Windschuttle for remarks by Catherine Lumby

30  Australian football roundup - on my proposed football blog

31 The benefit of low taxation and small government (Ireland compared with Belgium)


1 Samuel Brittain on two types of democracy

3 The centenary of Ayn Rand

5 Beware of academic remainders (great bargains from Clouston and Hall)

5 Failure of community care - post Richmond Report

6 The UN discovers free market environmentalism (at least in principle)

7 Flying the flag at half mast

8 Rorty and Dawkins revisited

9 The alliances of classical liberals

15 Has the left been left behind?

16 Rene Wellek's crtique of the "new nihilism" in literary theory

16 Jacques Barzun, pioneer in cultural studies

20 Critique of Fukayama on national sovereignty

24 Lieutenant Christopher Champion RIP

26 The Labor left in Britain confronts New Labour

27 Review of a book on the downside of sport on US campuses

28 The centenary of Einstein's big year of major papers


8 John Quiggin strikes out three times

8 Hoppe - target of political correctness in the US universities

9 Nicholas Gruen on lifesaving lessons in health services

11 Several cheers for the Monthly - first edition

13 Fond memories of the Melbourne Age Monthly Review

15 Arthur Koestler 1905-1983

21 Alarming results of a Palestinian poll (re support for suicide bombing and sharia law)

21 Lack of concern in the city about the impact of drought on farmers and rural exports

22 What is the value of the film "Three Dollars" (silly depiction of the business world)

22 Absurd proposal in the US for internal security provisons

22 Useful Hayek site with many major articles on line

26 A thing or two about Industrial Relations - links to topical pieces

30 Mixed views on the "science wars" among academics with an interst in the topic


2 Journalistic cliches

4 check in your own baggage and no refunds (Ryanair)

4 The science wars in summary (1)

4 The science wars continued: paradigm theory to POMO

5 Noel Pearson on Insiders

8 Fungus the Bogeyman (comics and childrens books)

9 BBC survey of the great philosophers, to be decided from a short list of 20

12 Can science be value-free? (Yes)

14 How to help the Third World: doubt cast on Sachs and debt forgiveness

15 Spiro Latsis, scholar and magnate

16 Some progress in the Third World but not due to State to State aid

16 The hard left, still doing what they do best, creating misery

16 Political correctness vesus malaria control

18 The damage done by logical positivism

20 India, the emerging giant

21 Libertarian movies, including "The Castle" (Australian)

21 Who is winning in Iraq?

22 Inside Iraq, positive and negative

23 Amazing moved on drunken youth in Britain - army and police involved

23 Bruce Caldwell on Hayek and Popper

26 Mugabe: going for gold in mass murder and destruction

27 Contents of Critical Review, Summer 1997, including Foucault's hyperliberalism

27 What is the problem with DDT? Bias amoing scientists

29 Norbert Weiner: Father of Cybernetics: a new biography of this disturbed genius

30 Prolific book reviewers: the brothers Judd


3 Popper and Lakatos, in reply to John Quiggin

5 Scientism, cargo cults, demarcation and anti-science: more on the disasters of positivism

15 Is heavy thinking ruining your life, from Randi via Barry Williams

16 Marx takes out the BBC philosophy championship

19 Bill Bartley, scholar, editor, biographer

21 Australian Policy on Line: among other things, data on the benefits of dropping out of school (for some people)

18 Whigs setting the world to rights (blog)

23 The downside of Winston Churchill - dirigst and interventionist

23 The cult of Che

23 Dictator watch: updates on Zimbabwe, Burma, Iran, Libya, Balarus, North Korea

27 A new site for fans of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings

29 Ernst Gombrich, art historian

31 Good stuff from Tech Central - the economics of recycling


1 Thinking in stereotypes - we can do better!

3 A dream team of thinkers to replace the set of 10 planned for Sydney Uni

4 Puns out of control

6 The amazing career of John Buchan and the history of Haliburton, Brown and Root

9 In the long run...grave sites of famous economists

10 Bob Catley - his ideological progress and simplistic diagnosis of the prospects for the ALP

12 Dubioius icons of conservatism: why Hayek was not a conservative!

12 Free thoughts from Italy

17 Seminal thinkers: calling for suggestions for local speakers to talk about major thinkers at SU next year

24 Gender-neutral  hiring - for the manager of a women's refuge: mixed reaction

25 Clean, green and nuclear, but don't export yellowcake in case it ends up in a warhead!

26 Beware the East Asian Economic Community (a Chinese goal)

27 ABC wins the Skeptic's Bent Spoon award with a forum on alternative medicine

30 Ross Campbell, Rhodes Scholar and wit

30 Jan Lester, the political compass revisited


2 Gordon Barton remembered

3 Introduction to Austrian economics - the main features

3 Interview with Sudha Shenoy (super)

5th The Mises Institute view on New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina

6 Link to my 1985 paper on the Austrians in relation to local policy

6 Sinclair Davidson on the benefits of tax cuts - benefits for everyone!

7 Instrumentalism in economics - for Cato, ref to Boland on Friedman

8 George Soros and the Open Society Institute, publications and activities

8 Trevor Cook on blogging

9 Donald Horne RIP

9 Ross Farrelly and the Education Unbound website plus the EG West Centre on private education

10 Warren Mundine speaks out on Aboriginal welfare, hope for the ALP?

12 Alert to the crock of a book Beyond Left and Right by David McKnight

13 Review of some books on Australian nationalism

15 Beyond Right and Left Chapter 2

16 Beyond Left and Right, Chapter 3 on Hayek

17 Great expectations - statements about Latham before he self-destructed

19 Heads up, McKnight on Late Night Live

21 Feyerabend remembered: good interview with a colleague

22 Political comment in US daily comic strips - conservatives strike back

22 Comics again, The Eagle and the age of wholesome heroes

23 Beyond Right and Left chapter 5 what was socialism?

23 Beyond Right and Left Chapter 6  the culture war and moral politics

23 What are the academic philosophers up to?

25 Yasir Arafat, Nobel Peace Laureate

25 Hysteria over the so-called stolen generation will result in deaths, but more sense is being talked at last

26 Changing patterns of US household spending over 30 years

26 Copyright problems for Google and books on line

26 Beyond Right and Left, more on the culture war and moral politics

27 Beyond Right and Left chapter 9 A new humanism

28 Is the UN adding value? The Millenium Project

28 Bird notes from Crikey (ALP-oriented newsletter), jokes on the habits of politicians

29 Wolfowitz at the World Bank: Maiden Speech

29 Enterprise Africa, funded by the Templeton Foundation out of the Mercatus Centre at George Mason University

29 The Austrian Economists blog


4 Advances in medical science - An Australian Nobel (bacteria &stomach ulcers) and a chimp gives up smoking

4 Ronnie Barker (the big one) - 1929-2005

5 Rediscovering the underclass: Charles Murray on the consequences of the Great Society programs

5 Political corrrectness gone mad in Britain

6  Cinderalla Man (the movie)

7 German economic stagnation blamed on the wrong side winning the battle of eonomic methods 100 years ago

8 Charitable giving on the rise in Australia since 1997 (despite neoliberalism and consumerism!)

11 Johan Norgberg (CIS lecturer) on global capitalism and the problem of Africa

11 Boettke on Nobel prizewinner Thomas Schelling

12 Finland and the Nordics tops on competitiveness. Wake up US. Aust up from 14 to 10.

13 David Williamson, carmudgeon of the year? Dissing middle Australians enjoying a cruise

13 Arthur Seldon, 1916-2005 Founder and director of the Institute for Economic Affairs

14 Happy Birthday Margaret Thatcher (80)

19 Enterprise Africa at work - case studies from the field

20 The financial acumen of Chomsky

21 David Williamson replies to the "right wing heavies" who ganged up on him

21 Chomsky Again - pressing on with his fixed ideas and a huge popular audience

25 Boettke and Coyne on happiness research

25 A staircase of opportunity for Aborigines - Noel Pearson at the CIS

26 Introducing Andrei Schleifer

27 Drake's Drummer - more tributes to Arthur Seldon of the Institute of Economic Affairs

29 The great funeral oration of Pericles. 2000 US soldiers dead in Iraq


1 Richard Blandy supports IR reform

3 Seeking opinions on Bill Bryson's book about everything

6 The condensed Road to Serfdom

11 Taxes at work - the philosophers

14 Around the blogs

15 Perverse incentives - Noel Pearson on some problems in the deep north

15 Jack Birner on explanation in the social sciences

15 The rise of the trade unions

21 Around the blogs

25 Ignorant armies - clashing IR paradigms

25 Competition and productivity in biology and commerce (survival of the productive)

25 Quadrant on line

28 Austrians at work


3 Around the blogs

5 Problems in the British universities

6 A salute to Robert Conquest

6 Books on line - the Australian Gutenberg project

11 Mosman Art Gallery - two great shows including the windjammers!

12 The Mechanics Institutes

12 IR in India - moves towards flexibility

18 Paddy Macguinness and grants

19 Austrian watch

19 Saunders vs Saunders (Santa vs Scrooge?)

22 Around the blogs

30 Around the blogs