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EDITORIAL: Riddled with Government

by Benjamin Marks, Capitalism.HK and editor

How can government services be more efficient than private services when government service provision is separated from the payment for them? The greatest Australian politician and journalist, Bert Kelly, when he was 72 wrote:

When I die, I hope people will remember me by the proverb: “You can always tell a man who is dining out on an expense account by the enthusiasm with which he summons the waiter.”

(Think of the passion of advocates of government spending.)

Free-market advocates could not go wrong adding more such knockout punches, sharp wit, debate reframers, pickup lines, fresh bait and new strategies to their repertoire. That’s what this issue of Capitalism.HK aims to provide, especially in the last five articles. Read the rest of this entry

EDITORIAL: About the Cover Photo

by Benjamin Marks, Capitalism.HK and editor

The director of Mises Institute Brazil, Fernando Fiori Chiocca, explains the significance of the cover photo: “This can advance libertarianism as never before. Every single person that sees this image will want to know who the heck is this guy with a bow-tie and shorts and what he thinks. Then they will discover freedom.” Read the rest of this entry

EDITORIAL: Secession is Patriotic

by Benjamin Marks, Capitalism.HK and editor

Why is it that Beijing allows Special Economic Zones like Hong Kong, but Canberra doesn’t allow Western Australia to secede? Why does Canberra insist on being so centralising, controlling and all-powerful?

Instead of saying, “Good day” and “How are you going?,” Australians say, “G’day” and “Owya?” Long-windedness, as is displayed in the buzzword-filled attempts to oppose secession and support extra layers of bureaucracy, is not an Australian virtue. Australians support secession.

Our long-winded politicians in Canberra might be well-meaning, but when they start showing concern about voluntarily-contracted foreign workers and voluntarily-acquired foreign ownership of property in Australia, they are succumbing to ideas whose origin is unAustralian, and they have not been voluntarily accepted by Australian property owners.

The Australian mining legend Ronald Kitching called Australia’s capital the Canberra Kremlin. It is a foreign power, using long-windedness against the short quick independent language of Australia proper.

Karl Marx was not an Australian.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was not an Australian.

Maynard Keynes was not an Australian. Read the rest of this entry

Singapore Leads By Example

by Gina Rinehart, Chairman of Australians for Northern Development and Economic Vision (ANDEV) and Hancock Prospecting

The comparisons between Australia and our neighbour Singapore are striking. Every Australian government leader and business entity should be highly attentive to the differences between the two countries, and should seek to understand them.

Given the recent news that Singapore has the second highest economic growth rate in the world, second only to Abu Dhabi with its extensive oil and gas wealth, now is a great time to revisit Singapore. Read the rest of this entry