Category Archives: ‘No True Scotsman’ Award

‘No true Scotsman …’ prize: No true Catalonian?

From a letter in the Financial Times, the details of which I forgot to record (will look them up soon): Spain will never be a true democracy unless it can free itself of its shackles from the past — demilitarise … Continue reading

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‘No true Scotsman …’: time for a change of name?

Perhaps we should change the name of the ‘No true Scotsman …’ fallacy to ‘No true American …‘ ? Don’t be jealous of my ideas now, you haters!

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Aphorism: Smith on Predation

I hadn’t seen this in Smith, when I read him, but it is worth quoting: All for ourselves, and nothing for other people seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of … Continue reading

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A new award, for the ‘Esau Problem’

Yes, I’m going to introduce a new annual award, to sit alongside the Tony Abbott Award for ‘No true Scotsman …’ errors and the Catherine Burn Prize for Slothful Induction. This will be the Zbigniew Brzezinski Prize for Myopia, in honour of … Continue reading

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Real-Time Belief Preservation

Razib Khan notices real, existing belief preservation shaping public policy and the public-policy debate in the United States: On the flip side of this, many liberals erase Asian Americans from the landscape of our culture if it does not serve … Continue reading

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‘No true Scotsman …’ Award: Niall Ferguson kicks off for 2016

In a truly appalling wank of a ‘Trumpenfuehrer Panic!’ column, written originally for the Sunday Times but appearing in today’s Weekend Oz, celebrity historian and real life true Scotsman Niall Ferguson gives us this gem of unsound reasoning: The tragedy is … Continue reading

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‘No True Scotsman …’ Award: Bill Shorten steps up

And with a headline, no less! From page 37 of the November 7-8 edition of The Weekend Australian: True reform should be more than a buzzword Really. Just shameless, Bill. Anyway, inside the text: Reform must be more than a … Continue reading

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‘No TRUE Scotsman …’ Award: Mark St Cyr makes a strong bid for the prize

Now, this one impressed me with its subtlety: Today this “failure to act responsibly” has led us to witnessing a failed communication strategy initiated by the then former Chair. An economy that is faltering at every level of unadulterated measurement. … Continue reading

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Quality, not quantity

It can be lonely, being a climate change sceptic. Firstly, you find yourself surrounded on all sides by people in government and the media telling you that anthropogenic climate change is a problem, that the country must ‘do sumfink’ about … Continue reading

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‘No TRUE Scotsman …’ Award: Peter McAllister steps onto the podium

Friday’s Oz contained an impressive op-ed by academic Peter McAllister concerning freedom of speech and the contestability of ideas in the Australian academy. I’ll quote at length, as the argument is sound and it goes to some of the issues that we’ve … Continue reading

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