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by Neville Kennard, preaching and practising capitalist

The concept of the separation of Church and State is a well-known rule to Classical Liberals, even if it observed mostly in the breach. A religion, it is said, is a cult that has gained political acceptance. Many such cults have gained such political acceptance and they gain special privileges from the governments who have “accepted” them. Tax breaks is the most conspicuous privilege that the religious cults gain. The Pope’s visit to Australia a couple of years ago gained tax-payer-funding from NSW State and Australian Federal Governments. I heard no words of objection from any Oppositions. Would this be because there are votes at stake? Surely not!

Sport, too, is a “Religion” to some, so it should not be surprising that the sports cultists should seek political and tax-payer support. Many sports have their hands out to governments for tax-payer funds and support.

The worst example of State and tax-payer support is for the Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is notorious for questionable and corrupt practices. (What would you expect when tax-payer funds are handed around?). The Olympic-crats are adept at massaging their cause to politicians, painting pictures of “National Interest” and “Economic Benefit”. Thus hundreds of millions of dollars can be handed out to fund Olympic Games. Who would know where it goes?

The latest sporting event to be pursued by governments around the world has been the Football World Cup for 2018 and 2022. Luckily, Australia missed out; but not before some very adept and polished lobbying by businessman and political benefactor Frank Lowy. No doubt a goodly amount of tax-payers’ money has already gone into the failed bid, but this is a lucky let-off for Aussie tax-payers. The congregation of the Church of Football (soccer, that is) would no doubt be disappointed that their local priests did not get to hold the services in their Australian temples. Let Russia, Qatar and whoever can conjure up the money from their government have it.

Motor racing, it seems, is a “sport” that politicians can’t say no to. Formula 1 can get tax-payers’ money without a lot of effort. Is it the roar of a potent engine, the smell of high-octane fuel that give politicians an erection? Do female politicians also get turned on by this most male of sports? Motor racing must be the most politically-incorrect, carbon-generating, “unsustainable” (whatever that means), sport/spectacle but even fairly green-credentialed pollies stump up with their tax-payers money for this roar of the engines and the crowds. It is a “Circuses” part of the old Roman Bread and Circuses for the masses.

The Australian Institute of Sport in ACT costs tax-payers millions of dollars, yet most Aussies like it. They like to see their sports men and women wearing the national flag, getting medals and helping them feel good about themselves. It’s a “tribal” thing I expect. Makes us proud of our Tribe. I like to watch the Wallabies play, and sometimes win. I would like it more if I did not involuntarily support the game with my tax dollars.

(in order of appearance on
  1. Welcome from Neville Kennard
  2. Think Tanks Don't Work
  3. "Market Failure": Just what the government ordered!
  4. The Tragedy of the Tax Pool Commons
  5. Corporate Welfare
  6. Citizenship for Sale?
  7. I Don't Vote
  8. Voting: Right or Privilege?
  9. Stockholm Syndrome and our Love-Hate Relationship with Government
  10. Civil Disobedience: The Rules of Engagement
  11. Should Respect for Law Extend to Bad Laws?
  12. Jaywalking as a Demonstration of Individuality
  13. Government Likes War
  14. Collusion is Our Right
  15. Why Not the Drug Olympics?
  16. Unconventional Wisdom
  17. Tiger Farming: An Alternative to Extinction
  18. Looking Backwards: Mont Pelerin Society Conference, Sydney, 2010
  19. Tax Avoidance is a Patriotic Duty
  20. Kennard Writes to IPA Review Editor
  21. Genocide by Welfare: A Tragedy from the Aboriginal Welfare Industry
  22. Separating Sport and State
  23. Your Home is Not an Investment
  24. Dick Smith, Celebrity Philanthropist
  25. A Libertarian's New Year's Resolution
  26. Extend Politicians' Holidays to Create Prosperity
  27. Entrepreneurs are Disruptive, and Bureaucrats Hate It
  28. What is a good Australian?
  29. Governments Like Employment But Hate Employers
  30. The Market Failure Industry
  31. Neville Kennard: The Tax Avoidance Imperative
  32. Wot if ...?
  33. The Tribal Chief and the Witch Doctor
  34. The Tannehills
  35. Democracy versus Property Rights and Prosperity
  36. Government Doesn't Work, and That's the Way They Like It
  37. Minarchy vs Anarchy
  38. Euthanasia and Self-Ownership
  39. The Right Policies to Fix a Depression
  40. Is Howard Our Best PM?
  41. Tax Producers vs Tax Consumers
  42. Where There's a Queue, There's a Business Opportunity
  43. Authoritarian Freedom
  44. Why Classical Liberals Should Debate Anarchocapitalists
  45. The Tyranny of the Majority
  46. If you could choose to whom you paid your tax
  47. Business Should Exploit Boat People
  48. The Immorality of Trade Unions
  49. "America" vs "The United States"
  50. Sweet Anarchy
  51. The Illusion of "Job Creation"
  52. Gold Is Money
  53. Guilty Capitalists
  54. Bureauphobia
  55. Prosperity vs Growth
  56. Capitalism vs Democracy
  57. More people = More fun
  58. Self-Ownership - the very idea!
  59. Government will murder Neville Kennard if he doesn't back away
  60. The Australian Dollar Has Been Cowardly and Criminally Devalued, Harming the Poor Particularly
  61. Is Taxation Theft and Government a Tax Cheat?
  62. My Journey to Anarchy:
    From political and economic agnostic to anarchocapitalist
  63. Government Needs Bad Guys –
    that's why they like wars
  64. What Is Obscene?
  65. Traffic Economics
  66. Wayne Swan stands on the shoulders of other intellectual pygmies
  67. Neville Kennard Obituary
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