Was Jane Austen really Austrian?

August 29, 2013

From James Paterson

Have you ever wondered why airlines still explain the mind-numbingly simple task of how to put on your seatbelt? The mystery has been solved.

A few weeks ago we told you Little House on the Prairie was a secret Randian-text. But was Jane Austen a closet fan of Austrian economics?

This is a great read from the Wall Street Journal on the (unsurprising) reasons why higher education is getting more and more expensive in America. But here’s something that will really shock you – academics have discovered money helps people cooperate! (Adam Smith did point this out 200 years ago.)

On the other hand this is genuinely interesting: the 40 maps that explain the world (my favourites are 2, 19, and 30).

The IPA’s Tim Wilson was on Q&A this week – watch his defence of freedom of speech in this 2 minute video.

Before Kevin Rudd called the election for 7 September and therefore cancelled the local government referendum, the IPA planned to publish a book by Julie Novak making the case against Canberra’s grab for power. We have a limited number of free copies available – click here to claim yours.

Meanwhile – I’m backing Bear Grylls in his fight with his local council. What is it with local government and banning fun?

This week IPA members are receiving the latest edition of the IPA Review. Here’s the front cover. Want a copy? Join today with our special offer and you’ll receive it in your welcome pack.

There are still a few places left for the launch of Bob Carter’s new book, Taxing Air, in Brisbane next week. Reserve your place here.

And if you haven’t seen it already, you might be interested in this 2,500 word profile of the IPA that appeared in The Sunday Age this week.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:


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