Mannkal Economic Education Foundation
We encourage the free market system in Western Australia and Australia, by promoting ideals of voluntary co-operation, choice, personal rights, limited government and responsible resourcefulness of individuals. Mannkal promotes:-
- Events that allow individuals to exchange ideas defending free markets.
- Seminars and student scholarships to promote the greater understanding of the concepts that underpin free societies.
- Policy papers on relevant topics pertaining to Western Australia.
- An alternative book store for economic and Australian history books.
Do you remember the old Chinese proverb? — “Travelling ten thousand miles is better than staying home and reading ten thousand scrolls.” Well, after passing through seventeen airports in the last four weeks, I’m convinced that this proverb was written long before we transformed all our airport security facilities into ’shrines’ which demonstrate to the world that [...]
Posted: February 5, 2015, 11:30 am
Ron’s comments for Saturday 29th Nov. 2014 Mannkal’s Outgoing Student Briefing www.mannkal.org I have 3 minutes…. 1. Someone sent me a LinkedIn message earlier this year saying ………, “I’d like you to tell me exactly what you had in mind when you set up Mannkal Foundation. Was it to get people interested in politics?” My reply was, “It [...]
Posted: January 23, 2015, 8:39 am
The appalling behaviour of Canberra’s Australian National University calls into question their understanding of the word ‘research’. Proudly, with his biases on full display, ANU’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ian Young, announced that the university’s $1 Billion investment fund would no longer hold shares in seven resource companies: Iluka Resources Ltd Sandfire Resources NL Independence Group Ltd Santos Ltd Oil Search Ltd Newcrest [...]
Posted: December 9, 2014, 7:40 am
Business was a bit quiet so we moved the office back into the home and leased out the office building. This caused us to acquire another telephone line, to separate our ‘private’ from ‘business’ life. We were totally unprepared for the deluge of phone calls we would receive to the ‘new number’. Evidently, this number was previously owned [...]
Posted: November 12, 2014, 8:12 am
A recent news item about Australia opening a full embassy in Ukraine could be seen as good news for Ukraine as it entails some additional ‘spending’ on probably a new building and local staff and this as the early French Economist, Frederic Bastiat would say, “are the things seen.” However, Bastiat, being a [...]
Posted: September 4, 2014, 3:06 am
In Australia, if there is one person to thank for Australia’s prosperity over the past 30 years, it is Bert Kelly - the Modest Farmer / Modest Member from Tarlee, S.A. He had an idea that Australia’s then overwhelming protectionist policies and tariffs were holding back Australia’s prosperity. He stuck with his idea and mentored a small [...]
Posted: July 28, 2014, 10:54 am
When multiple invitations arrive and they all string together into one potentially great adventure, what does one do about it? Accept of course! This resulted in a remarkable June, 2014. The five invitations were:- • Attend an intimate dinner with one of my favourite economists, Prof. David Friedman, during his brief visit to the Lion Rock Institute in [...]
Posted: June 24, 2014, 8:16 am
Budget comment The wise old Chinese philosopher Four Finger Wu used to say, “Do not expect water from an empty well!”, when he realized there was nothing there to feed your fantasies. Yes, it’s time to look after ourselves, even after spending so many years living at the expense of others. “Others”, in reality ourselves, have become tired [...]
Posted: May 20, 2014, 3:02 am
The Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) has opened up the windows and let some fresh air in. Congratulations to Lyndon Rowe, the Chairman of the ERA, in releasing this draft report on “Microeconomic Reform in W.A.” on April 11th, 2014. You will find the draft report, the separate overview and also a six minute video - here Our State [...]
Posted: April 28, 2014, 7:36 am
The title for this Mannerism is borrowed from Chapter 4 of the ‘Three Laws of Performance’, a book by Steve Zaffron and Dave Logan, where they attempt to answer this very serious question. It’s an important question because the answer is not obvious, alluded to by the early Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu:- …. A leader is most [...]
Posted: April 1, 2014, 6:55 am
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