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Vol. 18 No. 1 (Autumn, 2002)
Hayek once described himself as an ‘unrepentant Old Whig- with the stress on the old. With what values did he identify and reject by this self-definition, and is there any other definition more accesible to the general public?
Former Editor-in-Chief of the Washington-based, foreign policy journal, The National Interest, Owen Harries talks about the need for restraint in foreign policy, the war on terrorism, and Australia/US relations.
Traditional Islam seeks to teach humans how to live in accord with God’s will, whereas Islamism aspires to create a new order- faith-based totalitarianism.
Political labels are powerful tools. But misused and overused, they become bereft of meaning- to wit, the label ‘right-wing’- their purpose being to confuse or denigrate, not clarify. The result is the corruption of public debate.
In Britain, the Labour Party has largely eschewed privatisation and outsourcing, but has embraced public-private partnerships (PPPs). Why has there not been the same fascination with PPPs in Australia?
Liberalism and the Australian Federation Edited by J.R. Nethercote (The Federal Press, Sydney, 2001) is a valuable book about the history and track record of the Liberal Party. But it fails to address adequately the role of ideas in politics.
School choice reforms offer the best hope for improving schooling in Australia, but outstanding issues remain over funding. Here the case is made for education vouchers instead of a tax credit system.
For generations, Australians have lived off the bounty of the land. But in the era of globalisation, it will be the bounty of the mind that will build our future prosperity.
Creating markets in higher education would allow both a ‘traditionalist’ university education and more vocationally-orientated degrees to flourish side by side.
Some of the world’s most disadvantaged people- the poor of India- are pulling their children out of poorly-performing state schools and sending them to private schools run by educational entrepreneurs.
The Opportunist: John Howard and the Triumph of Reaction by Guy Rundle (Quarterly Essay, Black Inc., Melbourne, 2001.)
Poverty and Benefit Dependency by David Green (New Zealand Business Roundtable, 2001, NZ.)
The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics by Mark Lila (The New York Review of Books, 2001.)
The Pyschology of Happiness by Michael Argyle (Routledge, 2001.)
Against the Dead Hand: The Uncertain Struggle for Global Capitalism by Brink Lindsey (Josh Wiley & Sons Inc, New York, 2002.)
Middle Class Welfare by James Cox (New Zealand Business Roundtable, 2001, NZ.)
As economic freedom in the world improves, reform of Australia’s two ‘sacred cows’, industrial relations and big government, is becoming more urgent.
Frontiers of Legal Theory by Richard Posner (Harvard University Press, 2001.)
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