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by Benjamin Marks, editor-in-chief

Usually a history of an organisation is written at a round number, like a 50-year anniversary. But given the achievements of, I decided to write one now, even though we are only celebrating our 42nd — week.

In this time has convincingly won for itself the high ground in four different ways:

  1. Respect for history — We have so much respect for our history that we are the first and so far the only group, in at least 20 years, to republish the work, either in print or online, of such productive Australians as: (1) adman, entrepreneur and mogul, John Singleton; (2) mining magnate, Lang Hancock; (3) veteran politician, Australia’s Ron Paul, Bert Kelly; (4) veteran newspaperman, founding editor of The Australian and the daily Australian Financial ReviewMax Newton; and (5) media mammoth, Kerry Packer. Never have these figures been so accessible. We list all of them as staff members because we employ their work. Before I listed them as staff members, they already got us attention. A major American television show wanted to interview Max Newton about his experience working with Rupert Murdoch; I told them that he’s been dead for 21 years, but that when I see him I’d tell him. In preparation for the recently released tv series Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo, Rob Carlton (who plays Packer, and happens to be “Dry” politician Jim Carlton’s son) contacted us to get the Packer footage we tracked down to help him get into character. Being the contact person for people interested in Max Newton and Kerry Packer is quite an achievement.
  2. Credibility — We feature a weekly column by veteran Australian preaching and practising capitalist Neville Kennard. Kennard’s name is more recognisable and respected in Australia than words like “free-market”, “classical liberal” and “libertarian”. In fact, makes available the work of such famous figures, and also such giants of Australian free-market advocacy as Ron Kitching and Viv Forbes, that, the only regular author whose name I don’t recognise is: my own. Our unintentionally exclusive relationship with all these famous figures means that no one can doubt our credibility and our respect for those who have gone before us, and no one can dismiss us on the grounds that we don’t have much experience in the real world and are immature dreamers.
  3. Honesty, transparency and respect for our readers — Unlike every other group, we put our reasoning front and centre on every page of our website. Everyone else hides their reasoning, or doesn’t have any to hide. It is interesting that they always manage to put their “Donate” button and list their subscription deals more prominently than their reasoning.
  4. Charming and fun — We are so charming that our spokesperson was interviewed on Sky Business and our editor was able to arrange long exclusive scandalous interviews with Australia’s most senior “economics” journalist, Ross Gittins, and most senior politician, John Howard. And we regularly feature unintentionally exclusive articles from Australia’s most talented journalists, including Justin Jefferson and many others.

For an organisation that was founded with the lowest of expectations of any organisation ever, to have had such triumphant success on so many levels is very impressive. Combined with our name, which is more respectable than any other in the history of the world — — all we need to do now is wait for all the accolades that goes with it to roll in.

So I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Australian population. Without your support, we’d still have an income tax, a central bank and a Gillard government.

As for the future. We’ve set the platform and we will continue to do that stuff. In addition, we might expand our targeting of individual Australian public political intellectuals. We have already done this with the “economics” editor of The Sydney Morning Herald for 30+ years, Australia’s most prolific and popular self-proclaimed economist, the darling of Australia’s tertiary, secondary and primary school economics community: Ross Gittins. If you search Ross Gittins on google, our site,, comes up on the first page. If you search Ross Gittins The Happy Economist (his most recent book) on google, my exclusive and scandalous interview with him is the first result. If this does not influence Gittins, then nothing will. Everyday it gets hits from people making these searches — it might just be Gittins searching his own name, but I like to think that some genuinely aspiring economists may also be reading it. Shit-stirring at its finest. I would like to do this with every other Australian public political intellectual; if I didn’t need/want to earn a living, I’d already be doing it.

(in order of appearance on
  1. Acquiescence
  2. Sports Fans Should Be Libertarians
  3. Ron Manners’ Heroic Misadventures
  4. Government Schools Teach Fascism Perfectly
  5. Deport Government to Solve Immigration Problem
  6. The Drugs Problem Problem
  7. Self-Defeating Campaigning
  8. Gittinomics: Economics for Gits
  9. Exclusive Ross Gittins Interview on The Happy Economist
  10. Population Puzzle Solved
  11. An Open Letter to the CIS
  12. Principled Foreign Policy Options: Reinvade or Shut Up and Get Out
  13. WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Political Corruption Exposed!
  14. Feedback please: Is this worth doing?
  15. CIS and IPA Defend State Schooling
  16. A Thorough Review Without Spoilers of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  17. Dead Reckoning and Government: A Proposal for Electoral Reform
  18. Quadrant Defends State Schooling
  19. The MPS 2010 Consensus
  20. Slogans for Property Rights Funeral
  21. Government is Impossible: Introduction
  22. Government is Criminal: Part 1
  23. Exclusive John Howard Interview on Lazarus Rising
  24. Response to Senator Cory Bernardi and the IPA
  25. Earn $$$$$ by Justifying Government Against Anarchocapitalism: Survey
  26. Statism is Secrecy: WikiLeaks vs
  27. One question the Labor Party, the Liberal Party, the Greens, the CIS, the IPA, Ross Gittins, Ross Garnaut, Ken Henry, Gerard Henderson, John Quiggin, Clive Hamilton, Tim Flannery, Catallaxy Files, Club Troppo, Larvatus Prodeo, Phillip Adams, Robert Manne, Michael Stutchbury, Miranda Devine, Andrew Bolt and Dick Smith are scared to answer
  28. Libertarian Philanthropists Should Exploit Tax Evasion Convictions
  29. Ronald Kitching Obituary
  30. The Minarchist Case for Anarchism
  31. Libertarianism in a 300-word rant
  32. in the news again
  33. Libertarianism In An Executive Summary
  34. The Banking Bubble Blow-by-Blow
  35. WARNING: Libertarianism Is NOT ...
  36. Would Anything Possibly Convince You that You Are Living Under a Protection Racket?
  37. An Open Letter to Dick Smith
  38. at 42
  39. "My boyfriend calls himself a Marxist and votes Labor, what should I do?"
  40. "He says if I leave him due to politics, I should leave the country too."
  41. No Booboisie at Gülçin’s Galt’s Gulch
  42. "Hey, Mr Anarchocapitalist, show me a society without government"
  43. The Three Epoch-Making Events of the Modern Libertarian Movement
  44. Government is Criminal: Part 2 - Methodological Individualism
  45. Government is Criminal: Part 3 - Subjective Utility
  46. Government is Criminal: Part 4 - Praxeological Synonyms
  47. Government is in a State of Anarchy
  48. Limited Government is Absolute Government
  49. Why the 2012 double Nobel laureate is coming to Sydney
  50. Exclusive Oliver Marc Hartwich Interview on Hans-Hermann Hoppe
  51. A Critique of the Opening Two Sentences of the "About CIS" Page on The Centre for Independent Studies' Website,
  52. An invitation for ANDEV members to the Mises Seminar
  53. Sell the ABC to Rupert Murdoch: Lid Blown on ABC Funding Disgrace!
  54., The Centre for Independent Studies new blog
  55. The Unconstitutionality of Government in Australia (demonstrated in under 300 words)
  56. The Best Libertarian Film Is ...
  57. Launch Southeast Asian Military Operations to Free Australian Drug Dealers and Consumers
  58. Workers Party Reunion Intro
  59. Hoppe's Inarticulate Australian Critics: The Hon Dr Peter Phelps, Dr Steven Kates and James Paterson
  60. Vice Magazine Westralian Secession Interview
  61. Sideshow to Dr Steven Kates' criticism of the Mises Seminar: Davidson vs Hoppe on Adam Smith
  62. The Best Australian Think Tank Is ...
  63. Announcing a new magazine to rival Time and The Economist
  64. The exciting new Australian Taxpayers' Alliance
  65. Neville Kennard Obituary
  66. Contrarian Conformism
  67. An invitation for Dick Smith, the IPA and other Walter Block fans to the 2nd Australian Mises Seminar
  68. Westralian mining legend Ron Manners of Mannkal belongs in The Property and Freedom Society
  69. What would Bert Kelly think of the Mises Seminar and Walter Block?
  70. Bad news about the Mises Seminar
  71. Gina Rinehart Fan Club gives big to Australian political education
  72. Sam Kennard wins North Sydney by-election by unanimous consent
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