FREE RADICAL 81: The Stimulus Edition

Peter Cresswell's picture
Submitted by Peter Cresswell on Sun, 2009-03-22 00:07

Here’s what we have for you in the very latest Free Radical magazine, going to press as we speak . . .  and you won’t believe the calibre of the writers in this line up!

TFR81-CoverCome Now, Let’s Do the Stimulus?

The Free Radical’s Bumper Stimulus Edition gives you all the stimulation you need to say you’re not dancing.   Everything you need to understand why throwing fiscal fuel on a financial fire will only fan the flames; from economics for the intelligent layman, to the only comparison I’ve seen that cogently compares what major western countries actually did during the Great Depression – and which of them actually worked out.  Everybody you need to read to understand what happened this time, what needs to happen now, and why it mostly isn’t – by people who really do know what they’re talking about, from academics (yes, we’ve tracked down the good ones!) to New York Times best selling authors.

But that’s not all.

We’ve got the original Riff Raff, Richard O’Brien, creator of the ever popular Rocky Horror Show and one of the few men to be immortalised in bronze in Hamilton’s main street.  He tells our man Graham about a life lived well.

It’s been two hundred years since Charles Darwin was born, and one-hundred and fifty since his most famous book was published – and in every year of those one-hundred and fifty it’s been causing controversy. Vincent Gray adds to the controversy with a piece that should rile religionists and Objectivists alike.

It’s only been a few years since the film Amélie knocked everyone’s socks off. Daniel Wahl explains why it did.

It’s been only a matter of weeks since the disastrous Victorian bushfires. Ben O’Neill puts the blame squarely where it belongs.

And as I write this, National’s Select Committee Inquiry into Climate Change has begun to work out how, at one and the same time, the Key Government can both tax us and impose carbon rationing. Christopher Monckton’s Open Letter to John Key concludes in this issue with a comprehensive demolition of whichever scheme they care to throw at us.

Send it to your MP now, while you still have the chance.

All this and much, much more – including Lindsay Perigo on the renaissance of Atlas Shrugged, Peter Cresswell (that’s me) on the power of architecture,  puts man in the possession of this earth -- in the most stimulating Stimulus edition ever!

Get ready to get your copy now. Head to the Free Radical Store now to subscribe (or resubscribe) now --and make sure you’re included in the first mailout -- or to order up a digital copy you can read online.

Stimuliciously Yours,
Peter Cresswell

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An opportunity to re-inject some moral fibre into the people?

Richard Chan's picture

The first thing that should be done is to raise the school leaving age to 20 and introduce the following regime: (With an optional entry level at an earlier age- say 15 / 16) Using the Army and Civil Defence we have a Compulsory Disaster Training Force, whereby all pupils (both male and female) are introduced and trained in Disaster Relief ... Flooding, Earthquake etc : They will need to build their own communities and survive with minimal external input , using whatever resources are at hand... Doing time in mass catering, civil engineering etc and other areas of practical application beyond the scope of academia. There will be a need for more instructors, and projects could be embarked upon which have a greater wider social benefit. Additionally it will provide capability among the general population in the event of disaster and make for greater appreciation of impending problems such as global warming. It will also mean that those Kiwis who are overseas in areas afflicted or affected will have a better ability to survive and assist others who may need aid.

During their service time they will be paid a reasonable training allowance and on completion may elect to have a lump sum (say 20k) to embark on their next step in life- whether this is used for overseas travel, tertiary education, or even as a deposit for a home loan. During the time that they are together they will hopefully learn to respect themselves and others.

Some ring fencing may be required and appropriate modules arranged.

Brilliant Conceptual Approach

Newberry's picture


Your article Architecture: Putting Man in Possession of His Earth was awesome. I particularly liked your conceptual approach to the natures of the different functions of the rooms; such as the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and dinning room.

Well done, and congratulations.


And I look forward to

Peter Cresswell's picture

And I look forward to getting your reaction to my architecture article. ;^)

Great Job Peter, I look

Newberry's picture

Great Job Peter,

I look forward to reading it when it comes.


You're welcome :-)

Peter Cresswell's picture

You're very welcome, Ellen.  I'm very pleased it was useful.  Smiling

Meanwhile, your Not PC piece about Schneider...

Ellen Stuttle's picture

...has come in handy.

I picked up material from it answering a question on The_Climate_Scam about "tipping points."

Here's a copy of what I wrote (the original hasn't appeared yet; it should show up tomorrow):



I asked my husband (Laurence Gould -- he was one of the scientists who spoke at Heartland) if any of the scientists he considers reputable on climate issues talk about tipping points.

He said, "Only in jest."

The National Academy of Sciences article referred to in the Time article was:

"Contributed by Stephen H. Schneider, December 9, 2008 (received for review March 18, 2008)"

(Professional magazines generally have a long lead time.)

Here's a tiny url:

The article has fourteen other contributors, only two of whose names I've heard of before, one an economist (Gary W. Yohe), the other Michael Oppenheimer (who's considered another like Schneider).

Regarding Schneider, an article about him titled "Stephen Schneider: A Stranger to Honesty" appeared Thursday, March 19, 2009, in a blog called "Not PC."

Here's a tiny URL to the article:

You will find detailed there that Schneider formerly, in the mid-70s, was an apostle of doom for the coming Ice Age.

He is also the person who said in a Discover interview in 1989:

"To capture the public imagination, we have to offer up some scary scenarios, make simplified dramatic statements and little mention of any doubts one might have. This 'double ethical bind' we frequently find ourselves in cannot be solved by any formula. Each of us has to decide the right balance between being effective, and being honest."

Among the sources linked in the Not-PC item is one put out by SPPI titled "Stephen Schneider's sea-level alarm without merit."

Tiny URL:

And a link to a "Scare Watch" piece by Christopher Monckton addressing the scare that "Melting Greenland ice 'will drown coastlands.'"

Tiny URL:


Thanks for the material!


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