Hi, Greg Canavan here,
Last week, your regular editor Bernd Struben mentioned that change is coming to The Australian Tribune. Today, I’ll give you a little more detail on what that means. I hope you’ll agree that it’s change for the better.
You see, I write a free daily e-letter called The Rum Rebellion. Its mission is very similar to The Australian Tribune. That is, it’s proudly Australian, libertarian, and calls out BS (and fake, left wing news) when it sees it.
The main difference is that The Rum Rebellion focuses a little more on financial markets, both in Australia and overseas. You’ll see what I mean tomorrow, when my daily essays begin featuring in The Australian Tribune.
That doesn’t mean I won’t write about politics. The political situation around the world today is fascinating. The elites are losing control of the narrative and democracy is no longer working for them.
It started with Brexit, Trump’s improbable election win, and recently hit our shores with Scott Morrison’s ‘Miracle’ election victory.
The establishment media will tell you this is about the rise of the right, the ‘far-right’, or the rise of ugly nationalism.
But that’s rubbish. It’s simply the will of the people seeing through the agenda pushed by the elites. We are rejecting rule by technocrats and bureaucrats — those who believe they know best — and reasserting our view of individuality and personal responsibility.
And the elites don’t like it. Hence the hysterical reaction to everything that Trump does, and the refusal by the British establishment to recognise the will of the people in voting for Brexit in 2016.
Democracy worked for the elites for so long. It didn’t matter who was in power, there was always a puppet having his or her strings pulled. But now, things are changing.
Call it the Trump effect.
That makes the interplay of politics, economics and markets as interesting as it’s ever been.
And it is this interplay that The Rum Rebellion looks at each day. As I said, I think this is change for the better. So keep an eye out for tomorrow’s email.
In the meantime, here’s a brief overview of The Rum Rebellion’s mission statement. You can read the whole thing on the website, here, including the reasoning behind the name.
‘The Rum Rebellion is a uniquely Australian voice commenting on the nexus between money, stocks, politics and economics. We have a libertarian view of the world and believe in free speech, individual freedom and personal responsibility.
‘While we also believe in the virtues of free trade and sound money, we recognise that most of the world’s players don’t share this view. We therefore seek to tell you about how the world IS, not how we wish it to be.
‘As a libertarian voice, The Rum Rebellion believes in small government. It laments the increasing intrusion of government into our lives. In 2016, Australian government spending as a percentage of GDP hit a record high of 26.6%. That represents a huge mis-allocation of our resources.
‘For that reason, The Rum Rebellion is an outspoken critic of governments, government spending and politicians talking out of the corner of their mouths.
‘Successive governments have sold Australia out to the highest bidder, selling off critical energy infrastructure, agriculture and water assets, while encouraging speculation in property that has left us with net foreign debt of $1 trillion!
‘But it’s not only government that needs a clip across the ears. The Rum Rebellion will call out all forms of power mongering and unethical behaviour that hurts the average Aussie. So captains of industry and the fake news media will also come under our microscope.’
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