Author: <span class="vcard">Andrew Cooper</span>

LibertyWorks analysed New York City’s Coronavirus data and came to a startling conclusion

๐Ÿ…‘๐Ÿ…ก๐Ÿ…”๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…š๐Ÿ…˜๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…– – ๐—–๐—ข๐—ฉ๐—œ๐——-๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—น๐˜‚.

A random sampling of 7,500 New York City residents has provided the quality antibody data previously missing from Case Fatality Rate calculations. It indicates the virus has already infected approximately 25% of NYC’s 8.4M population of which around 12,400 people have died (so far).ย 

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ Infection ๐—™๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ ๐Ÿฌ.๐Ÿฒ%, ๐—ฎ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ท๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ณ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป๐˜€.

No question this virus is serious and there is no vaccine, but an IFR of 0.6% is a fraction of what was claimed and of what is (at time of writing) stated on the World Health Organisation’s own website. The sample data will have a margin of error, so will the antibody test kits and there is likely some selection bias. Despite these issues, the conclusion is still clear; the virus is nowhere near as dangerous

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The Majority is the biggest gang in town

This article is adapted from the opening remarks by Andrew Cooper at LibertyFest Brisbane 2019.

Taxation is theft. Who has heard of this term?

Those of you who read and think deeply about the writings of Murray Rothbard, Lysander Spooner or John Locke twill no doubt have a deeper understanding of these three simple words than I do but it is these words that are most responsible for my personal journey towards the liberty movement.

To get a grip on the idea that โ€˜taxation is theftโ€™ we can use a popular thought experiment that some of you may have heard of and it goes something like this:

Imagine that youโ€™re walking down a street in the evening and someone approaches you, pulls a gun out of their jacket and demands you hand over your cash or they shoot. Well, thatโ€™s robbery right?

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An open letter to Conservatives

Dear Conservatives,

You thought the state was your friend. You introduced the Marriage Act in 1961 and on some level that is understandable. The temptation to do so must have been irresistible. It centralised and standardised a definition of of marriage in Australia that reflected your own views and invalidated others that did not. The power of the State must have seemed wonderful when it was used to protect and expand your firmly held beliefs.

But soon the Marriage Law postal survey results will prove that the state can never be trusted. It is never your friend, it is never there to protect you. It’s power is amoral. It exists to be contested, fought over and used by the victors to validate their view of the world, just as you used it to validate yours. And soon that State will be further co-opted to introduce additional controls over the Read the rest

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Time’s up piggy! LibertyWorksโ€™ appearance before Senate Enquiry into rural banking

LibertyWorks gave evidence to the Senate Select Committee on Lending to Primary Production Customers in Canberra on Monday 18 Sept 2017. Like many Australians, we have long been concerned that the banking system is a government protected oligopoly where competition is limited and heavily regulated. This has resulted in poor outcomes for bank customers and crony-capitalist “super profits” for the banks; profits our federal government now dips into specifically to fund an expansionary government agenda.ย 

At the hearing, LibertyWorks economist Darren Nelson made the following recommendations:

  1. By October 2018, complete a Royal Commission into the regulatory drivers of central banking, fractional reserve banking and banking cartelisation… with the aid of an Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) โ€˜blue teamโ€™ and an Austrian School free market โ€˜red teamโ€™; and
  2. by October 2019, legislate for a comprehensive reform agenda focusing on removal of regulatory barriers to sound money, free banking and banking competition
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Beware South Australia, Tesla has you in its sights

Opinion Piece by Federal Senator for South Australia, Cory Bernardi.


This week the monorail salesman from The Simpsons paid a visit to South Australia. Only this time he was selling giant uneconomic batteries instead of shooting people through vacuum-tubes.

His name is Elon Musk and he runs businesses that depend on huge taxpayer subsidies to function. In fact the three businesses he runs have received around $5 billion in US government largesse.

Now heโ€™s set his sights on the Aussie taxpayer and our hapless leaders are falling over themselves to tweet and chat with him.

Why wouldnโ€™t they? After all, he was in Iron Man and the lefties love him so imagine the levels of green cred a pollie can generate just from chilling with Elon.

But hanging with Elon is very expensive for any government. In fact itโ€™s a textbook example of crony capitalism and everything thatโ€™s wrong … Read the rest

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LibertyWorks Submission to Joint Enquiry on Free Speech

9 December 2016

Committee Secretary
Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights
PO Box 6100,
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Dear Committee Members

Submission to enquiry on Freedom of Speech in Australia

LibertyWorks is a registered not-for-profit organisation headquartered in Queensland. We advocate for a reduction in government control over citizens liberty and have since our inception held grave concerns over the limitations that the Racial Discrimination Act and the procedures of the Australian Human Rights Commission (โ€œAHRCโ€) places on free speech in Australia.

We refer to the Terms of Reference of the enquiry and call for the full repeal of Sections 18C and 18D of the Racial Discrimination Act (โ€˜the Actโ€). Our rationale is as follows:

The Act reduces liberty

Freedom of speech is a fundamental right owned by all citizens and that the ability to exercise that right is crucial to intellectual discovery, learning, enlightenment, science, law, free Read the rest

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