Category Archives: Politics

Rendering onto Caesar

Or why churches should pay taxes. In most countries that I am familiar with, charities, not-for-profit and churches can get a tax exemption status. This is widely known and generally accepted throughout society. Increasingly, the atheists of the variety that … Continue reading

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Political Journalism is Stupid

It really is. And I really want to put emphasis on stupid. It is so stupid that I can’t understand why I was, and many intelligent people are, so caught up with it. When Paul Keating was Treasurer, there was … Continue reading

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Voting & Skin in the Game

As I wrote last week, I’ve become increasingly skeptical of democracy over the last few years. That’s not to say I’m against it or would prefer another system, just that my thoughts on the question are increasingly outside the box … Continue reading

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Kings & Freedom

I’ve been thinking about the contradiction in my thinking between my support for existing monarchies and my general hostility to government. Should I not favor democratic rule over hereditary? Do not monarchies exist because the monarch’s ancestors were the most … Continue reading

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Put not your trust in princes

“Donald Trump may disappoint but anybody else will. He deserves a chance.” Me, March 15th, 2016 “…the worms slithering back will certainly try to lead him astray if he lets them in.” Me, November 12th, 2016 The two quotes above … Continue reading

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Some commentary on Rerum Novarum

The other day I was by chance linked to Rerum Novarum, a 1890 encyclical by Pope Leo XIII on Rights and Duties of Capital and Labor. I’ve only read a few encyclicals and the ones I have are very densely … Continue reading

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Ties That Bind & Ideology That Blinds

Or why culture matters and communism doesn’t work reason #145849 After musing on the state of certain cultures around the world recently, I noticed one big problem that keeps them poor, dysfunctional or both. Without naming any specifically, it is … Continue reading

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