Best noughties’ scare campaigns

January 7, 2010

Here’s what you missed when you were at the beach listening to the cricket. The IPA released its annual survey on state government business taxes – it made The Australian front page.

Have you heard of New South Wales farmer Peter Spencer? He’s on a hunger strike to protest the government taking his property. IPA research we released this week shows there are more than a dozen laws impacting on people’s property rights in NSW. That’s more than 700 pages of law.

But that’s not as much as the 1,279 pages of law passed by the US Congress to save Wall Street. One person has tried to read the whole thing.

Denis Dutton has a great piece in the New York Times on all the scare campaigns of the last decade. (Remember Y2K?) Dutton is the editor of Arts and Letters Daily – one of my favourite websites.

And this was one of my favourite articles over the holiday break – Gerard Henderson on the stupid things people said during 2009.

And from the Nanny State files: a video on Reason TV‘s Nanny of the Year! Oh – and in the UK parents will be banned from parking near schools. Why? To tackle obesity – obviously.

Still looking for some summer reading? Here is the Atlas Foundation’s top ten books on liberty published in the last decade. I really liked Brian Doherty’s Radicals for Capitalism – Chris Berg reviewed it in the IPA Review here.

And in the last Hey… we were wrong! Twice! Apparently the guy who wrote the ‘research’ about Father Christmas encouraging obesity now says he was joking! Really! And in our chart we inadvertently turned the positive contribution from imports to GDP growth into a negative contribution. Click here to see the graph as it should be. (And thanks to one of the country’s most senior economics commentators for pointing out our mistake.)

Don’t forget Christopher Monckton will be in Australia in a couple of weeks. If you’d like to support his visit click here.

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