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  • A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.

    - by Lao Tzu
  • Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

    - by Lao Tzu
  • If history could teach us anything, it would be that private property is inextricably linked with civilisation.

    - by Ludwig von Mises
  • The worst evils which mankind has ever had to endure were inflicted by bad governments.

    - by Ludwig von Mises
  • If some peoples pretend that history or geography gives them the right to subjugate other races, nations, or peoples, there can be no peace.

    - by Ludwig von Mises
  • Why should we, however, in economics, have to plead ignorance of the sort of facts on which, in the case of a physical theory, a scientist would certainly be expected to give precise information?

    - by Friedrich Hayek
  • Perhaps the fact that we have seen millions voting themselves into complete dependence on a tyrant has made our generation understand that to choose one’s government is not necessarily to secure freedom.

    - by Friedrich Hayek
  • The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.

    - by Friedrich Hayek
  • It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?

    - by Henry David Thoreau
  • Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebbles that cause us to stumble.

    - by Ron Manners
  • We are not in the exploration and mining business, that simply describes what we do. We are in the business of turning ideas into gold bars, profitably.

    - by Ron Manners
  • Leadership is very much an individual skill whilst management is a team sport. To become leaders, managers need to translate their personal values into calculated action.

    - by Ron Manners
  • With an industry that we can be proud of as a productive export earning group of people working hard at overcoming many of the nations problems, you would think that we would be given red carpet treatment.

    - by Ron Manners
  • There was an old saying ‘don’t bite the hand that feeds you’. Well we must now stop feeding the hand that bites us.

    - by Ron Manners
  • When dealing with politicians or bureaucrats the first and guiding principle should always be: Avoid paying them too much attention as it only encourages them. The other guiding principle is to fight a bad philosophy with a good philosophy, but at all times be polite.

    - by Unknown
  • In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right.

    - by Ellen Goodman


Ron’s long career has led him to experience a number of major world events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of communism in Russia and the Hong Kong handover. Mining is in Ron’s blood. His grandfather WG Manners, the

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Ron Manners: mining survivor/economic thinker/poet

Earlier Stories


Union as a serious sport

Ron Manners  -  Tuesday, December 6th, 2016


Culture eats strategy for breakfast!

Ron Manners  -  Friday, December 2nd, 2016


Squid chips and drill bits

Ron Manners  -  Sunday, November 20th, 2016

davyhurst gold mine

Davyhurst Official Mine Opening

Ron Manners  -  Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Property rights - Zeg

Property rights in WA: an endangered species

Ron Manners  -  Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Great turning points in Australia’s history: Geoffrey Blainey

Professor Geoffrey Blainey, a prominent Australian historian, academic, philanthropist and commentator, speaking at the Freedom to Choose Conference 2014, held at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle, Western Australia.

Prof Blainey examines great turning points in Australia’s history and some underlying causes including Australian federalism, labour regulation, and politics.


Ron Manners’ five books all now available as free e-books

Ron Manners is digitising his archives and granting free access. This page gives an introductory tour: More coming soon in every category. Subscribe to Mannkal to stay up-to-date.


Poems of Passion

by Ron Manners & others


Heroic Misadventures

by Ron Manners & others


Never A Dull Moment

by Ron Manners & others


Kanowna’s Barrowman

by Ron Manners & others


So I Headed West

by Ron Manners & others

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