What’s this fiscal cliff thing?

November 15, 2012

From John Roskam

What’s the ‘fiscal cliff’ you say?

This from the The Age last week is an excellent short explanation. And Real Clear Policy explains its legislative and technical components. And here’s ‘The Absolute Moron’s Guide to the Fiscal Cliff’ (their words – not mine) from New York Magazine from Monday. I can guess which article you’ll read first.

Next time someone quotes to you the Congressional Budget Office as a ‘non-partisan’ source (like in this article in The Australian) tell them the CBO thinks higher taxes and bigger government are good – as The Cato Institute explains.

In my column in The Australian Financial Review last Friday I wrote what I thought of the American election.

…on a lighter note – on Sunday in England a 19 year-old who got drunk and posted a picture on Facebook of him burning a Remembrance Day poppy was arrested. Last week in Hey we told you that in the UK three people a day are being arrested for what they post on Facebook and Twitter.

The Gillard government has backed down on its internet filter. Now all we have to worry about is the Iranian government deciding what Australians can see on the web – as the IPA’s Simon Breheny explains on FreedomWatch.

Encounter magazine was a bastion of liberalism in the West during the Cold War. You can now read every edition and writers like Isaiah Berlin, CS Lewis, Raymond Aron, Hugh Trevor-Roper, and Arthur Koestler free and online here. All the details are in this month’s edition of the IPA’s Horizons.

Peter Coleman has a wonderful history of Encounter and its milieu in his 1989 book The Liberal Conspiracy. Here’s the Los Angeles Times review of it.

You’ll be starting to think about books to buy yourself for Christmas. Don’t buy Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new autobiography – The Spectator’s review of it a fortnight ago is hilarious.

Do buy the final volume of William Manchester’s biography of Churchill which has just come out – this is its fascinating story from the New York Times.

With Stephen Spielberg’s new movie Lincoln out soon – the trailer is here – and Rolling Stone’s review is here – you could get yourself the book it’s based on which was reviewed in the IPA Review back in 2009.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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