Art is eternal

August 15, 2013

From James Paterson

Kevin Rudd once said taxpayer funded political advertising was “a cancer on democracy.” So imagine our surprise to learn government advertising just happened to be the fastest growing category in 2013:

On Friday the IPA released legal advice from former High Court Justice Ian Callinan that argues Stephen Conroy’s media laws would have been unconstitutional. You can read Simon Breheny’s analysis about why it is important here, and the coverage in The Australian here.

The art world is having conniptions at the thought the bankrupt city of Detroit might sell its art to reduce its debt (apparently doing so would “be cutting out the heart of the city”). The New Yorker’s‘Culture Desk’ offers a surprisingly sensible and definitive take on the debate.

William P. Clark, who passed away this week, was one of the most influential but low profile advisors to Ronald Reagan. Read this fascinating long interview on his central role ending Soviet communism.

Was Little House on the Prairie really Atlas Shrugged for children? This great article from the Boston Globe last week suggests it might have been.

Michael Bloomberg is at it again. Not content to regulate New Yorkers’ food choices, he now wants to make their lives as physically difficult as possible.

But surely even Mayor Bloomberg would think this directive from Northern Territory police goes too far?

If you’re in Melbourne make sure you get along to the launch of Beyond Satire by our friend Rowan Dean on Monday 2 September – details here. And on Thursday 5 September in Brisbane the IPA will help launch Bob Carter’s new book, Taxing Air – RSVP here.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:


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