Author Archives: Benjamin Marks

Chris Leithner’s The Evil Princes of Martin Place: The book Ross Gittins is too cowardly to review

My review is here. Where is Ross Gittins’ review? Where has he engaged with the Austrian theory of the business cycle at all? How many more column kilometres does he want?

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I Am #1

Search for Ross Gittins The Happy Economist in google and the exclusive and scandalous Economics.org.au interview with him here ranks number 1. Hopefully this will make it more difficult for Gittins to get away with his misrepresentations of economics and … Continue reading

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Ross Gittins Misunderstands Libertarianism and Economics

Review of Ross Gittins, “Economists’ views more political than they admit,” SMH, Feb 7, 2011. Gittins continues his long history of going out of his way to pretend that the Austrian school of economics does not exist. He says: [I]n principle, all … Continue reading

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Gittins Misrepresents Taxpayers and Ignores Incentive Problem

Review of Gittins, “Aged care dilemma: tap wealth in homes, or let taxpayers pay,” SMH, Jan 26, 2011. Gittins says, “We all agree that old people must be adequately cared for in their declining years and that governments must ensure … Continue reading

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Steve Kates gives Ross Gittins another lesson

Steve Kates’ says: “Gitt[i]ns wrote about how original Keynesian ideas were when first put forward in 1936 and I pointed out that these supposedly original ideas were part of an ancient tradition in economic thought that had until then been … Continue reading

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Steven Kates puts Gittins to shame on Say’s Law and the GFC

Check out Steven Kates’ incisive article here. Perhaps someone like Ross Gittins, who is meant to write three columns a week on economic issues, may in the next few years find time to address this issue. Excerpt:

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Ross Gittins Wants Government to Provide Education for Education’s Sake

How else is one to read this? How is compulsory provision of education justified? Because Gittins values knowledge for its own sake. Okay, now, should we increase funding? Oh yes, because we value knowledge for its own sake. How long … Continue reading

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Ross Gittins Fails to Comprehend Subjectivity of Value

Gittins says, “New principle of balancing public and private interests is needed.” He never defines the terms “public” and “private”. If he had tried to, he would have seen just how arbitrary any limitation on the market is. Everything could … Continue reading

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Gittins’ Intellectual Numbness and Interdisciplinary Arrogance

Gittins’ empty legal blather: Ross Gittins, a man who has never said a word about legal theory, insists ad nauseum — without any supporting argument whatsoever (or any reference to any) — that all resources in Australia are the property of every … Continue reading

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Ross Gittins Hypocritically Complains Real Debate Avoided

Three recent Gittins essays (“Blowing the whistle on unfair costings game,”SMH, August 16; “Both sides fall victim to federal budget humbuggery,” SMH, August 20; “The deficit we really should worry about,” SMH, August 21) have him hypocritically complaining that the election has avoided debate on … Continue reading

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