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Heckling a criminal offence in the US? (crosspost from Crooked Timber)

May 7, 2017 - 14:12 -- Admin

In response to discussions about freedom of speech, particularly at university campuses, I started thinking about the question of heckling a speaker, and to what extent this is, or ought to be, protected by advocates of freedom of speech. I assumed that the correct formulation (both legally in the US context and in terms of what is appropriate) is the one attributed to Nat Hentoff

Debt and taxes

May 4, 2017 - 17:28 -- Admin

To misquote Benjamin Franklin and others, the only certainties in economic life are debt and taxes. Among the themes of political struggle, fights over debt (demands from creditors to be paid in the terms they expect, and from debtors to be relieved from unfair burdens) and taxes (who should pay them and how should the resulting revenue be spent) have always been central.

My submission to the government’s Climate Change Review

May 2, 2017 - 14:12 -- Admin

Submission’s to the government’s review of climate change policy close today (there’s still time to send one to climatechangereview@environment.gov.au, even if it’s just “Stop Adani”). I got around to it at the last moment. It’s obvious to everyone now, including the government, that energy and climate policy are in a complete mess. So, there must be some chance of a radical change, possibly even one for the better.

Videocast questions?

April 29, 2017 - 17:17 -- Admin

Continuing on the multimedia theme, I did a video presentation for the TAFE section of the Australian Education Union a few weeks ago. I’ve always been keen on this as an alternative to air travel, and I got great help from the multimedia people in our faculty, but I’m still not sure how best to make use of this.

Alternatives to Adani

April 29, 2017 - 16:18 -- Admin

Westpac’s announcement of a new policy that appears to exclude funding for the development of mines in the Galilee Basin appears likely to sound the death knell for Adani’s proposed Carmichael Mine and rail line. Westpac was the last of the four big Australian banks to announce such a policy.

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