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Kudos to John Quiggin

Kudos to John Quiggin, not for winning the 2011 Distinguished Fellow Award from The Economic Society of Australia (even though that’s pretty impressive), but for winning the 2011 Distinguished glass jaw punching award, for his posts on the “mistakes, misleading headlines and outright lies” from The Australian. His prize is this lengthy article in The…

Oregon Petition and the right

John Quiggin uses the Oregon Petition to illustrate the way the right insulates itself from knowledge about the world: This kind of thinking is by no means unique to the contemporary right. But it is ubiquitous, and the staying power of the Oregon petition indicates way. Even the silliest claim, once made part of the…

On his column in the Financial Review last week, John Quiggin wrote about those who think global warming is some sort of hoax: While most media outlets give at least some space to these conspiracy theorists, the central role has been played by The Australian. Not only its opinion columnists (with a handful of honorable…

John Quiggin suggests some reasons why the anti-science position on climate change has become an orthodoxy on the Right: There are many explanations, perhaps so many that the outcome was overdetermined – powerful economic interests such as ExxonMobil, the hubris associated with victories in economic policy and in the Cold War, tribal dislike of environmentalists…