Thursday, April 30, 2009

John Howard at NationalReview Online Ch 3

The Aussie Way with John Howard: Chapter 3 of 5

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard on the Australia-China relationship.

Click here to view interview with Peter Robinson

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

John Howard at NationalReview Online Ch 2

The Aussie Way with John Howard: Chapter 2 of 5

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard discusses multiculturalism and colonialism without spin.

Click here to view interview with Peter Robinson

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

John Howard at NationalReview Online

The Aussie Way with John Howard: Chapter 1 of 5

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard discusses why Australia’s participation in the Iraq War was in our nation’s best interest.

Click here to view interview with Peter Robinson

The Language that hampers an Economy

The inimitable language of Treasurer Swan

On economic growth, it will “slow dramatically.”

On unemployment and effect on Government revenues, it will have a “dramatic impact.”

On need to cushion economies from the recession the meeting, (G20) “underscored the importance of coordinated international action and also underscored the importance of domestic governments putting in place economic stimulus to cushion their economies from this very, very sharp global contraction.”

On the recession,” it's pretty clear that this recession is deep and it will probably go for longer than many had anticipated only a short time ago … “

Both the PM’s and the Treasurers repeated pessimistic and downbeat commentary about the economy only serves to validate the excessive stimulus packages that will in turn hamper any future recovery. Hence, our recession may exactly be as protracted as the treasurer suggests. With Rudd and co its nothing but doom and gloom. We’re inundated with the language of impending economic calamity. Coincidentally it all began in Nov 07, and thanks to an easy to fleece biased media, the doom and gloom rhetoric will continue for the time being.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Tradition, Globalization, Civilization, and Conservatism

From the Greg R. Lawson Blog

Spengler, or David P. Goldman, examines the competitive nature of many Chinese and contrasts that with what he clearly believes to be a slothfully indulgent West. I do not subscribe to all of Spengler’s ideas, but his general thesis that civilizations die by no longer valuing their future posterity, while new, hungry civilizations rise, is a sobering thought experiment for those convinced of the possibility of manmade utopias at the end of the rainbow.

Civilizations, in fact most civilizations, die. Only those that are still relatively young seem to still be alive and even as they live, they struggle. Competition is ceaseless and once the will for competition ceases to exert its gravitational pull, lethargy is spawned.

To be a conservative is to recognize the limitations of man and be willing to even take pride in some of the very things that make him parochial. This doesn’t mean we should remain standing in one place forever with feet of clay, but it should sober us to the prospects of what is the best that can happen in this world ... A conservative must defend what has been great, because to defend what “may be great” is a leap of faith more difficult than believing in God and far more likely to sow seeds of bitterness when the inevitable disappointment saps that once youthful vigor. At that point, a rootless, existential ambiguity consumes those once well meaning hopes.

Tradition is posterity and the cumulative total of history’s lessons. Losing tradition will kill civilization.

Read the whole post here

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday Qoute

His politics may be at odds with mine but this quote stands out for its poignancy …

The man who loves other countries as much as his own stands on a level with the man who loves other women as much as he loves his own wife. -- Ted Roosevelt

Saturday, April 25, 2009

This Blog is Alive again

Having reconsidered I have once again decided to add my voice to the blogosphere. As Plato once said, the penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves.

Indeed, he was right.

As the Government continues its silly path to launch it Carbon Emissions trading scheme it is with great excitement that I refer all to Ian Plimer's magnificent book Heaven + Earth. Sales for the text have been extraordinary, as Ray Evans from Lavoisier wrote:

In what has been a momentous week the highlight has been the counter attack from the Dark Side on Ian Plimer's magnificent book Heaven + Earth. The book has already sold 10,000 copies and the demand hasn't slackened off at all. This is probably without precedent in Australian publishing history. A book which has over 2300 footnotes to scientific papers, and which explains carefully to the ordinary reader why the belief that anthropogenic CO2 controls the earth's climate has no scientific basis whatsoever; none; zero; zilch; has become a best seller. The Melbourne Age, by the way, still has to mention the book, and it will be fascinating to see how that paper continues to ignore the story of the book's success and how they manage not to cover the Melbourne launch (booked out for more than a week) by Sir Arvi Parbo on May 6 next.
I suspect that the many closet skeptics from all sides of mainstream politics, who until now have hid within their ivory towers, will be tempted to come out of the closet … I have linked to Amazon above however I do not believe they're selling it just yet, you could try Connorcourt instead.