Why is American food so bad?

April 5, 2012

From John Roskam

It’s only April but we’ve already got the quote of the year:

“I should not have to fight with my children every warm day on the playground just so someone can make a living!”

Yep, that’s right. Parents in New York City want to ban ice-cream trucks.

And one of the most-asked questions in the world has to be ‘Why is American food so bad?’ To find out read this fascinating summary in last week’s Spectator of Tyler Cowen’s new book An Economist Gets Lunch.

For Freakonomics fans there’s this podcast about it. I’ve told you about Cowen lots of times before – he does the Marginal Revolution blog which last month was rated third best financial blog in the world by Time. Here’s the full list.

Here’s the video you’ve all been asking me about. Mark Steyn on freedom of speech in Sydney last month at the IPA/Spectator Australia event. It’s 35 minutes long – enjoy it while eating an Easter egg.

Yesterday we launched the IPA Freedom of Speech Fighting Fund. Click here to learn more about it or to make a donation.

And there’s been uproar in England this week about UK government plans to monitor the internet. To find out just how terrible it is read this – but apparently now they’re backing down.

Ever wonder how taxpayers feel about the man they pay $180,000 a year to lecture them about climate change? So did we. Here’s our poll results.

Barack Obama has just nominated the next World Bank chief. The Lowy Institute says he has “a luke-warm attitude towards economic growth”. Huh? He’s practically a socialist! – you’ve got to read this from Commentary Magazine.

Speaking of socialism, I bet you can’t guess which developed country has had the highest company tax rate for a decade.

You think you’ve heard every half-baked excuse for protectionism? How about foreign books cause health problems?

And if you’re suffering withdrawal symptoms after Mark Steyn and Dan Hannan’s visit, we have the antidote: James Delingpole is coming to Australia! RSVP here for talks in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. And for some classic Delingpole, check out his blog here.

Chris Berg will stand up for free speech at a debate on the Finkelstein Report next week. Details here.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

 

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