The party of Menzies died last week. It had been a party built on the bourgeois values of responsibility, love, hope, charity, prudence, justice, fortitude, thrift, diligence, industriousness, reliability, trustworthiness, courage, civility, generosity, hospitality, duty and honour. It no longer holds these beliefs.

All organisations cohere around an identity. They identify their beliefs, their values and their aspirations. These are the things that attract adherents and guide the organisation on how to do what it wants to do. Once an organisation ceases to uphold its beliefs, it dies. It has n...

August 27, 2015

It was six o’clock on a winter’s night in Melbourne. I entered the Trades Hall and climbed the stairs. The bluestone steps were worn concave from a million workers trudging there before me. The place was dingy, deliberately so, as though it had not changed since the Depression, conveying a message that the workers were still downtrodden. Halfway up the stairs was a large poster of Gough covered in lipstick kisses. I entered Bella Hall and joined a throng of young middle class professionals sipping champagne and beer, and eating sushi. 

 

 

Clare O’Neil and Tim Watts were launching the book they h...

April 11, 2015

Now that the majority of voters are the beneficiaries of State largesse, has it become politically impossible to unwind middle class welfare?

 

The Intergenerational Report has highlighted problems that astute writers like Tom Woods have known for a long time. The social democratic welfare state is financially unsustainable.

 

"All over the world, the impossible promises governments have made to their populations are beginning to unravel. Millions or people have arranged their lives in the expectation of various forms of government support that will be mathematically impossible to provide." 
Thoma...

February 17, 2015

Throughout the Western World, the Welfare State has been exposed as economically unsustainable.

 

The regulatory and coercive powers of the State have been captured by sectional interests for their own economic benefit.

 

The state has become pervasive in our lives. 

We have lost the belief that we can do things ourselves. 

We live with the peculiar notion that if we cannot afford some desired service, it should be provided by the government. 

 

Government spending expands as everyone seeks funding for their every wish.

 

The consequences are unmanageable debt, unsound money,  poor investment decisions,...

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