Sunday, 22 March 2009

FREE RADICAL 81: The Stimulus Edition [with a competition update]

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 your own full-colour digital copy..

Stimuliciously Yours,
Peter Cresswell

Now take note that this is a mail-order only issue.
To get your copy, head straight to the Free Radical Store and click subscribe now to be included in the latest mail-out, or to have a full-colour digital copy emailed to you. 
Or, if you just want a hard copy or six of this issue, then deposit $9(inc. p+p) for each issue to ASB account 12 3016 0561084 00 (add your name in the ‘From’ field of your online banking form), and then email or fax (09)638 9445 with your details, and Shirley will have your copies winging their way to you before you can say ‘Stimulation!’

UPDATE 1:   To celebrate the new issue, I’m going to give away a full-colour digital copy of the magazine to the first four NOT PC readers who can email me with the answer to the following question: “What four word question runs through the first half of Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged like a refrain?” HINT: It starts with the word “Who.”
    Email your answers to me at, with FREE RAD COMPETITION in the subject line.

UPDATE 2: Congratulations to the competition winners: we’ve found our four champions.  :-)


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