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Smith on ‘Theorisers’ – “On the Wealth of Nations”, P.J. O’Rourke

May 16th, 2012 · Comments Off on Smith on ‘Theorisers’ – “On the Wealth of Nations”, P.J. O’Rourke · Communism, Extremism, Ideology, Policy, Politics

The danger of theoretical systems was something that Smith addressed with his own theory in part 6 of The Theory of Moral Sentiments. This section of the book was actually written after The Wealth of Nations. Moral Sentiments had been published in 1759 when Smith was teaching at Glasgow. But Smith revised it in 1789. […]

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Smith on the Balance of Trade – “On the Wealth of Nations”, P.J. O’Rourke

May 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on Smith on the Balance of Trade – “On the Wealth of Nations”, P.J. O’Rourke · Economics, Policy, Politics

Smith wrote: ‘There is no commercial country in Europe of which the approaching ruin has not frequently been foretold.. from an unfavourable balance of trade,’ Smith wrote, making the news in the New York Times and the Washington Post very old news indeed. ‘Nothing,’ Smith wrote, ‘can be more absurd than this whole doctrine of the […]

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Specialization – “On the Wealth of Nations”, P.J. O’Rourke

May 14th, 2012 · Comments Off on Specialization – “On the Wealth of Nations”, P.J. O’Rourke · Economics, Policy

The purpose of division of labor, wrote Smith, is “to make a smaller quantity of labour produce a greater quantity of work.” Smith perceived that the division of labor—specialization—is the original source of economic growth.

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A Part of the Equation – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 23rd, 2012 · Comments Off on A Part of the Equation – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson · Campaigning, Economics, Electoralism, Policy, Progressive Politics

The minimum gesture was one that indicated recognition of the discontent the so-called ‘battlers’ felt. If their complaints derived more from unlovely envy than actual hardship, it was all the more urgent to recognise them. The political precondition of the social wage was public acceptance, and the public would only accept what seemed to be […]

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Paul Keating on the Economy – “Shut Up and Listen and You Might Learn Something” – Edna Carew and Patrick Cook

February 18th, 2012 · Comments Off on Paul Keating on the Economy – “Shut Up and Listen and You Might Learn Something” – Edna Carew and Patrick Cook · Australian Labor Party, Economics, Policy, Politics, Quotes

“If we were providing these policy settings and outcomes in Western Europe, they’d be lighting candles to us in the cathedrals.” “I guarantee if you walk into any pet shop in Australia what the resident galah will be talking about is micro-economic policy.” “Stick your head out of the building in any capital city in […]

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Gross National Product – “Make Gentle The Life of This World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy” – Maxwell Taylor Kennedy

January 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on Gross National Product – “Make Gentle The Life of This World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy” – Maxwell Taylor Kennedy · Economics, Environmental Policy, Policy, Politics, Progressive Politics, Quotes

Our gross national product … if we should judge America by that – counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for those who break them. It counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of our natural […]

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Unemployment – Make Gentle The Life of This World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy” – Maxwell Taylor Kennedy

January 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Unemployment – Make Gentle The Life of This World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy” – Maxwell Taylor Kennedy · Economics, Extremism, Ideology, Policy, Progressive Politics, Quotes

The root problem (of unemployment) is in the fact of dependency and uselessness itself. Unemployment means having nothing to do – which means nothing to do with the rest of us. To be without work, to be without use to one’s fellow citizens, is to be in truth the Invisible Man of whom Ralph Ellison […]

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Privilege – “Make Gentle The Life of This World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy” – Maxwell Taylor Kennedy

January 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on Privilege – “Make Gentle The Life of This World: The Vision of Robert F. Kennedy” – Maxwell Taylor Kennedy · Policy, Political Communication, Politics, Progressive Politics

During One of RFK’s speeches at a university medical school, a student in the crowd at a speech at a University asked “Where are you going to get all the money for these federally subsidized programs you’re talking about?” “From You. Let me say something about the tenor of that question and some of the […]

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The Long Term Survival of the Human Species – “The Origins of AIDS” – Jacques Pepin

January 14th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Humanism, Philosophy, Policy, Science

This is a reminder that the most dangerous threat to the long-term survival of the human species is the human race itself. Of course, this has been obvious for some time. My generation and the one before us grew up with the fear of a nuclear holocaust. Even though the number of nuclear missiles has […]

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Plasma Markets – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin

January 14th, 2012 · Comments Off on Plasma Markets – “The Origins of AIDS”  – Jacques Pepin · China, India, Policy, Science

HIV transmission among paid plasma donors were reported in Valencia, Spain and Pune, India. In the latter city, among commercial plasma donors, HIV prevalence was 0% in November 1987 but 78% seven months later, illustrating the exponential transmission of HIV through unhygienic plasma collection practices.6–11 These outbreaks, although tragic in their own right, were dwarfed […]

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