Author Archives: Mark Christensen

How regulators short-circuited energy markets

The article below was published in The Australian Financial Review on 17 October 2018. Catherine Tanna got a few things right in her passionate address at the AFR Energy Summit. Yes, the “entire electricity supply chain, including retailers, is culpable … Continue reading

Posted in Articles | Comments Off on How regulators short-circuited energy markets

Jordan Peterson, #MeToo and his Darwinian God

What makes Peterson exceptional, and feared by a flaccid establishment, is his readiness to acknowledge that the attempt to bring it all together within a single conceptual framework amounts to a “fruitful catastrophe.” There is “always something left over that … Continue reading

Posted in Articles | Comments Off on Jordan Peterson, #MeToo and his Darwinian God

Liberalism: A Joke, Literally

Regardless of how powerful or democratic the organization, how sophisticated Facebook’s algorithm, or commendable your religious or secular orthodoxy, the sociological structure these measures provide can’t be relied upon to take us All The Way. As Patrick Deneen commented when promoting Why Liberalism Failed, … Continue reading

Posted in Articles | Comments Off on Liberalism: A Joke, Literally

Donald Trump: Unwitting Champion of Art

And yet, in a very Real sense, the content-free half-knowledge of his quasi-existentialism is more orientated toward the truth than the words and deeds of a bunch of smug pretenders content to either deny or suppress the spiritual nature of … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Politics | Comments Off on Donald Trump: Unwitting Champion of Art

Liberalism Isn’t Woke Enough

We in the West can have the kind of world we want as soon as we choose to take responsibility for wanting it enough, unreliant on political ideology and Godlike power. This is what we signed up for. This is … Continue reading

Posted in Articles, Religion | Comments Off on Liberalism Isn’t Woke Enough

JBP & Super Rugby Snowflakes

 A few neurosurgeons, lawyers, pious media hacks and overprotective parents who have told their private school headmaster little Angus won’t be playing until “something is done” about safety, are not representative of your market. Those clamouring to listen to and … Continue reading

Posted in Articles | Comments Off on JBP & Super Rugby Snowflakes

Trump, Jesus and the Evangelicals

God forbid, Trump is not the subversive figure described by Andrew Sullivan. But he is the next best thing when confused, self-important elites are hopelessly out of touch. He senses America’s epic journey toward moral perfection involves a climax far too sublime … Continue reading

Posted in Articles | Comments Off on Trump, Jesus and the Evangelicals

GOP and Golden Globes

This article, published in The American Conservative, argues the Republican Party can’t win a political battle with Democrats because it lacks the conviction. In the end, the “revolution is moral, or not at all.”

Posted in Articles | Comments Off on GOP and Golden Globes

Celebrate or Else

The issue of same sex marriage is taking Australia down the same path as the US. In this article, I argue we should not proceed with additional “protections” for religious freedom. But as a quid pro quo, do away with … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Religion | Comments Off on Celebrate or Else

Thinking In Public

Here is an excellent review from Jon Baskin of “Thinking In Public” by Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft. It asks what is the value/purpose of the public intellectual. Can our thoughts be useful in a political sense?  What role does philosophy play … Continue reading

Posted in Articles | Comments Off on Thinking In Public