Friday, May 26, 2006


Thanks to Sukrit for accepting me as a partner on the site.

It remains to be seen how much I can contribute while maintaining a presence on Catallaxy (thanks to Jason, this is my "home" blog), The Real Game, Oysterium (where the original contributors have melted away), Club Troppo, Conjectures and Refutations and The Austrian Economists (where I am not a poster but maintain a regular presence in the comments).

How to add value to this site? That remains to be seen as well, however I would like to suggest that classical liberals need to pay attention to the wider "cultural agenda" in addition to philosophy and economics which have been our traditional strongholds.

It became apparent in the 1980s when the ideas of economic rationalism gained some political traction that we could win (and have won) the arguments in philosophy and economics but still lose the war due to the left-liberal dominance in the wider culture - in the media, schools, universities, the arts, the ABC. The flight from ideas on the part of Liberal Party members, young and old, has aggravated this situation.

My response to this situation has been The Revivalist series on my website.

The first of these features James McAuley, the Australian poet and actavist: Yvor Winters, a literary critic, poet and scholar; and Jacques Barzun, a prolific pioneer in cultural studies.

The second features Barry Humphries, Liam Hudson (psychologist) and R D Fitzgerald (Australian poet).

The third has profiles of Karl and Charlotte Buhler (psychologists) and Rene Wellek (literary scholar).

The fourth introduces Bill Hutt and Peter Bauer (economists), Ian D Suttie (important neo-Freudian revisionist), also a piece on the history of protectionism in Australia and another on the role of commerce and gambling in early cricket tours.


At June 01, 2006 6:45 pm, Blogger skepticlawyer said...

Hi Rafe, good to see you here.

Hope you can contribute reasonably regularly - your insights are valuable. It'd be nice to bring some of the more interesting Skeptics stuff we see to the fore here.

I think this blog has heaps of potential, although freely admit I know bugger-all about blogging.



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