Articles from John Quiggin
Self-defence economics vs military economics
Yesterday, I gave a presentation to the Canberra Security Economics Network. Central point:
*Self-defence is special, military expenditure is not*
Spelling this out
*The need to defend the country against invasion, air attack or naval blockade involves existential risk
A new sandpit for long side discussions, conspiracy theories, idees fixes and so on.
To be clear, the sandpit is for regular commenters to pursue points that distract from regular discussion, including conspiracy-theoretic takes on the issues at hand. It’s not meant as a forum for visiting conspiracy theorists, or trolls posing as such.
Monday Message Board
Utilitarianism comes to benefit-cost analysis
Kevin Drum points to an obscure, but radical proposal to change the way the US government does benefit cost analysis. The Office of Management and Budget has released draft guidance saying
Why nuclear power won’t work in Australia — yet another explainer
Five minutes of sunshine
The Albanese government has quietly abandoned full employment. Looking back over the past four weeks, I’ve turned out ten opinion pieces criticising the Albanese government. This piece, from Inside Story, should be the last for a while. I haven’t covered everything they’ve done wrong, but I think I’ve written enough on the topic for now.
Yes, Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek approved a coal mine.
But save the angst for decisions that matter more
I had an odd intellectual experience recently. A US high school student wrote to me as part of an assignment, asking for my thoughts on Brave New World, and its current relevance. I replied talking about the role of “Our Ford”, and Gramsci’s contemporary concept of Fordism.