Black calls the kettle Rupert

It is dif­fi­cult to think of any­one less like­ly to offer an objec­tive assess­ment. Con­rad Black on why Rupert Mur­doch is a “great bad man”. “Although his ...

An eminent economist

“After a dis­tin­guished career that has seen sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to pub­lic pol­i­cy for­mu­la­tion through more than three decades, Gar­naut finds...

Twitterton (on the Potomac)

Or “Fuck­nutsville” accord­ing to the Pres­i­den­t’s Chief of Staff. An intrigu­ing sto­ry of dys­func­tion­al, triv­i­al­is­ing, momen­tary, par­ti­san­ship in...

The life of Robert McNamara

Dead at 93 years of age. The last survivor (? I'm pretty sure) of Kennedy's clever, risk-taking, technocracy of the early 1960s. A man who, like Lyndon John...

Plimer’s Heaven + Earth

I have finally finished reading and skimming Ian Plimer's thick book Heaven + Earth. I found it admirable for being a comprehensive and intelligent account of...