Weekly roundup Saturday 26 February

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Power failure: an outbreak of market capitalism in the energy sector

Weekly roundup of links to articles, reports, podcasts and other media on current political and economic issues in public policy.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

There is saturation coverage in the mainstream media, but there are other perspectives worth noting, including those of Kishore Mahbubani and Stan Grant. And Russia isn’t the only country in the grip of a right-wing strongman. An energy shock on its way.

(Mainly Australian) politics

Advice on moral theology for Morrison. What Australians think of liars. What Australians think of trade unions (hint: it’s not the 1950s). More on the anti-vaxxers, and others who dress up in army disposal costumes. Opinion polls: we really have turned off the Liberals, but in favour of whom?

The Coalition’s war on renewable energy

How the workings of market capitalism are upsetting the Morrison/Taylor electricity Gosplan. Australia to boast the world’s longest stranded asset (20 000km).

Other economics

How the labour market works. How someone with degrees from Monash, Oxford and Harvard can’t handle first year economics. How private schools don’t improve your kid's scores.

That bloody pandemic

Australia is falling behind in third-shot vaccination.

Webinars, podcasts and readings

Readings on greenhouse gas emissions, Oz Institute, Uncomfortable Conversations, Democracy Sausage, the Jolly Swagman.

Music for a time of political turmoil

If you have feasted yourself on this selection, Australian websites with regular comment and analysis on economic and political developments include The Conversation, The Grattan Institute, Inside Story, The Lowy Institute, Michael West Media, Open Forum, Pearls and Irritations.

If you have comments, corrections, or links to other relevant sources, I’d like to hear from you. Please send them to Ian McAuley — ian, at the domain name ianmcauley.com