Last week, when Senator Sam Dastyari admitted error in accepting payment for his travel expenses from a Chinese company with links to the Chinese government, discussion centred on the appropriateness of our politicians accepting payment from foreigners.
Which foreign countries might one accept bribes from? Certainly not China nor Russia nor Zimbabwe. But maybe it was a lesser problem if it came from Sweden or France or Britain!
No-one seemed concerned that accepting the payment was wrong per se.
The payment had been declared back in October 2015. Does no-one review this register for appropriatene...
The dominant political doctrines of the 20th century failed us economically, socially and morally. The beneficiaries of the welfare state have not been the poor and the disadvantaged; they have been those with influence who can capture and manipulate the system.
It is hard to imagine an ethic better suited to undermining the moral basis of a free society. [Yuval Levin]
The ethics of liberty on the other hand are based on the principle of private property and founded on natural rights theory. For this we are indebted to John Locke:
Many works by the great Australian sculptor Geoffrey Bartlett juxtapose contrasting elements in surprising ways, delighting the senses and challenging the intellect.
Likewise, I wish to surprise you with the proposition that the apparent evils of capitalism are the consequences of the principles of the social democratic welfare state.
Many modern business corporations do not, in fact, operate in the free market. They use government intervention to provide subsidies, inhibit agile competitors, fund their research and development, give them monopoly positions, enable them to profit from extremel...