In Defence of Liberty

Driven by data; ridden with liberty.

Monthly Archives: December, 2012

Happy New Year from In Defence of Liberty

Happy New Year! I hope that 2012 was great for you, and 2013 is even better. The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s … Continue reading

December 31, 2012

The Inflation of Rhetoric

Politicians and political commentators fight for the supremacy of their favoured ‘narrative’, a story of how the country has changed underneath a government. This change may build upon the work … Continue reading

December 30, 2012 · 2 Comments

On Progressive Taxation

One of the fundamental assumptions about modern statecraft is that the tax system should be progressive. A progressive tax system is one that takes away a greater proportion of income … Continue reading

December 24, 2012

Against Plain Packaging

This month, the Australian government standardised all packaging of tobacco products, heralding the start of ‘plain packaging’ in Australia. Cigarette packets are now wrapped in a green-brown colour, usually referred … Continue reading

December 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

On Social Justice

Many political parties, right across the world, are impassioned by the pursuit of social justice. The United Nations celebrates the 20th of February as the ‘World Day of Social Justice’, … Continue reading

December 16, 2012

A Link to the Past 12/12/2012

Here are some of my favourite articles in the last few weeks: David Atherton (The Commentator) Review: The Art of Suppression Simon Cooke (The View from Cullingworth) Respect – playing … Continue reading

December 12, 2012

Government Spending and Taxation 2011-12

For a political discussion to begin, both sides must agree on what the facts are. As the tagline to the Guardian’s commentary section says, comment is free but facts are … Continue reading

December 11, 2012