Free Radical (Jan 2010)

A new year, a new idea. I thought I’d try out putting together a monthly e-zine bringing together some of the best writing from the libertarian blogosphere. The title of the e-zine is stolen from a previous idea from Jason Soon — “free radical”.

If you would like to help out in this project, please contact me ( And to publishers of other Australian blogs, please re-post the e-zine to your blog.

The first edition is now available.


Free Radical (Jan 2010)


Welcome to the first edition of the “free radical”, a compilation e-zine for the busy libertarian reader drawing on the best Australian libertarian writers in the blogosphere. In a previous age the “information problem” was that we didn’t have enough information. Today, our information problem is that there is too much information and not enough time to filter through everything that’s being said. This e-zine will provide a brief overview of what’s happening in the Australian libertarian community… but if you have time, please go and explore the libertarian blogs.

In this edition we link to articles from David Leyonjhelm, Sinclair Davidson, Jim Fryar, Jake Zanoni, Tim Humphries, John Humphreys, Julie Novak and Andrew Norton. If you would like to write for a libertarian blog, have your blog linked to the ALS, or point out a blog article that deserves to be included in the next edition, please contact the ALS.

No Second Class Citizen — David Leyonhjelm

Reporting on the wise words of NZ politician Roger Douglas, from his presentation to the annual conference of the Liberal Democratic Party.

Rudd and net censorship — Jim Fryar

Problems arise however when the state gets involved with deciding what is acceptable, in that it opens the door to prohibitive legislation urged by all sorts of groups.

3 anti-authoritarian songs — Jake Zanoni

Looking at some music with anti-authority themes

Consuming to excess — Julie Novak

A response to Terry Barnes about whether it is consumers or the government that is more wasteful with their consumption.

The problem with earmarked taxes — Sinclair Davidson

In principle, earmarked taxes could be a good idea, because they specify exactly how much tax would be raised to finance a particular activity. In practice, however, this is not the case, especially so in Australia.

Why the stimulus was bad policy — John Humphreys

There is a general perception that the economic stimulus package was good public policy and saved the Australian economy from recession. It wasn’t, and it didn’t.

How should we deal with union political power — Andrew Norton

As a liberal democrat, I believe interest groups are entitled to try to influence the political process. I would be appalled if union affiliation fees were banned. But I also think union influence on the ALP is a strong reason never to vote Labor.

Israel Kirzner — Sinclair Davidson

Israel Kirzner is one of the least known of the great Austrian economists. When I speak to students about their reading they often tell me that they are reading Mises or Rothbard or Hoppe, seldom Hayek and never Kirzner. More people should.

Federalism v Centralism — Tim Humphries

It has come to my attention that 2010 may well be dominated by the debate between Federalism and Centralism and its overall interpretation in the Constitution.


The Use of Knowledge in Society — Frederick Hayek

Candlemakers petition — Frederic Bastiat


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