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by Benjamin Marks, Economics.org.au editor-in-chief and author of the unresponded to “An Open Letter to the CIS”

It is great to see that the CIS sees value in online publishing, as signified by its new blog www.inCISe.org.au. (The URL www.Economics.org.au must have been taken.)

How strong was Greg Lindsay’s instruction to his staff to not respond to Economics.org.au? No one at the CIS appears interested in addressing the concerns of Kennard, who has contributed more than most to the CIS. Kennard cannot be dismissed as an inexperienced utopian with nothing to lose, an outsider to the think tank world, a non-contributor to the think tank world, or an insincere critic with anything but the most straightforward of motives.

It is one thing not to accept conditional donations; it is another to go out of your way to avoid engaging with Kennard and Economics.org.au, even in your own private time — after all, Economics.org.au has never received nor asked for any monetary donations whatsoever, so we are active in our private time.

The routine of the CIS and their staff has been altered so they now go out of their way to avoid engaging with Economics.org.au. CIS executive director Greg Lindsay and CIS research fellow Oliver Marc Hartwich have even taken so drastic and heartbreaking a measure as to defriend the editor-in-chief of Economics.org.au on FaceBook.

Hartwich was so delighted by my exclusive interview with him on Hoppe that he has not even linked to it on the page on his website where he routinely gloats that people criticise him. So Hartwich must have changed his mind about Hoppe, since he does not consider my criticism of his former beliefs to count as criticism of his current beliefs.

The CIS cannot criticise Economics.org.au for having insufficient respect for their history, because it is Economics.org.au, not the CIS, who have made accessible the work of important figures that the CIS pay lip-service to (in mentioning them in their histories, giving them honorary titles and positions, and naming lecture series and rooms at their offices after them), including Bert Kelly, Paddy McGuinness, Neville KennardJohn Singleton and the Workers Party, Milton Friedman and F.A. Hayek.

The penchant for the CIS to call their publications names like e-PreCIS, Pre-CIS and now inCISe is mildly amusing. Who made that deCISion?

It may just be my cyniCISm, but it would not surprise me if the CIS focus on such policy areas as circumCISion, exCISes, and fasCISm (which they support in educationhealth and elsewhere).

As inCISe is just starting out, we at Economics.org.au understand that they might want some support. In addition to advertising them in this article, Economics.org.au promises to also promptly respond to any criticism they or their supporters give Economics.org.au. We are interested in debating our critics. Why aren’t they?

(in order of appearance on Economics.org.au)
  1. Acquiescence
  2. Why 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 Economics.org.au
  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. Economics.org.au 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. Economics.org.au 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, www.cis.org.au
  52. An invitation for ANDEV members to the Mises Seminar
  53. Sell the ABC to Rupert Murdoch: Lid Blown on ABC Funding Disgrace!
  54. www.inCISe.org.au, 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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