Nanny State pulls one out of the hat

July 18, 2013

From James Paterson

If Tasmania is looking for a new license plate, they could always go with “Tasmania, the welfare state”.

This graph is from an upcoming report by the IPA’s Julie Novak. If South Australia wants to avoid becoming like Tasmania, they should start by heeding this advice from Bob Day.

Ever heard the one about the shrinking US middle-class? Turns out it is true – but not for the reasons you might think.

This is a great list from Reason: “45 enemies of freedom“.

It was obviously an enemy of freedom who thought up this plan for 10-year-old bullies. And no-one who loves freedom would require a magician to file a disaster plan for his…rabbit. But the biggest enemy of freedom this week has to be Greater Dandenong Council for their shameful persecution of this incredible resident.

If this campaign from the American Civil Liberties Union seemed a bit far-fetched when it was launched in 2006, it certainly doesn’t now.

This was an important article in the Wall Street Journal last week: big government isn’t just immoral and inefficient – it actually just doesn’t work.

But here’s the good news – the private sector works great. One crowdfunding website, Kickstarter, raised more for the arts than the entire US government. Even the Washington Post admits “individual donors…were always better patrons than government.”

And here’s two great reads in Spiked – on why there can never be too much choice by Matt Ridley, and why awareness raising is stupid, by Frank Furedi.

If you’re in Melbourne next Tuesday 23 July make sure you get along to this great event: Jeff Kennett will launch a new biography of former NSW Premier (and IPA member) Nick Greiner. Details here.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

 

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