Fluffy movie star Marxism

October 31, 2013

From Peter Gregory 

Tell me again how government spending makes the economy grow? Back in 2009 in Hey we showed you this graph of Obama’s economic recovery plan. Here’s the 2013 update:

A comedian doing a comedy show wouldn’t normally be newsworthy, but Russell Brand’s socialist dream is worthy of ridicule. As Tim Worstall from the Adam Smith Institute  writes, “I wonder whether we can manage it without starving 8 million Ukrainians this time”. And the IPA’s Chris Berg had  this piece on Brand’s fluffy movie-star Marxism in The Drum on Tuesday.

But Brand’s dream of a repressive Britain may have already come to bear if Nick Cohen’s Spectator piece last Saturday is anything to go by. Not to mention David Cameron’s bizarre threat to newspapers who don’t exercise “social responsibility”.

If the new Commission of Audit was searching for inspiration for cuts to public spending, the IPA’s Julie Novak has $11 billion worth.

And it’s shaping up as a pretty boring summer for Aussie kids: licenses are required for inflatable pools in WA and kids have been banned from selling home grown eggs in Tasmania.

If you don’t laugh about Obamacare you’ll cry, so read Mark Steyn’s hilarious piece in the National Review last Friday.

Then grab a drink, flick on The Velvet Underground & Nico and enjoy this long piece from Reason about how Lou Reed inspired anti-communist revolutionaries.

The IPA is excited to announce that British writer and philosopher Roger Scruton will be speaking at our Foundations of Western Civilisation Symposium next year. Check out yesterday’s edition of Horizons for details. Horizons also talks about the outrage of the Unknown Soldier.

If you’re in Perth this Saturday, head along to the PGA Convention where the IPA’s Professor Bob Carter is speaking (whilst we’re on the topic of Bob Carter, read James Delingpole’s assault on the BBC in the latest edition of The Spectator). Register for the conference here. No doubt at the conference there will be talk of the terrible story of the persecution of Peter Swift – as featured in FreedomWatch.

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The fair and balanced edition

October 24, 2013

From James Paterson 

Last week we told you about how free markets make everything better. So it’s only fair and balanced that we tell you the other side of the story too. Government regulation makes everything worse:

For a great explanation of why governments have made housing expensive, read this from our very own Dr Alan Moran.

Our very own Sinclair Davidson, also a professor at RMIT, was recognised on Monday for his mammoth contribution to public debate. Here are three of Sinclair’s best hits:

What happens to Nobel prize winners in economics after they win? This fascinating study suggests they learn to love freedom more. (Maybe it’s the tax bill on their prize money that does it?)

And who knew tennis star Andre Agassi was a closet fan of the free market?

This excellent Spectator cover article by Matt Ridley on climate change demonstrates exactly why you should purchase your ticket to see him live at the IPA in Melbourne on Thursday, 14 November.

Meanwhile, this is a great article…in The Age…by an art critic and academic…on how terrible Canberra is and the folly of government planning. I wouldn’t believe me either.

Hate the Nanny State? Then you’ll love this completely free online 1 hour 45 minute documentary from 2009, Fat Head, which exposes the flawed arguments of paternalists.

If you’re in Melbourne next Thursday don’t miss this important discussion of a new book from Connor Court, co-edited by the IPA’s Tim Wilson, Turning left or right.

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Thanks free markets

October 17, 2013

From James Paterson

This week is anti-poverty week. So it’s appropriate we thank the best tool for eliminating poverty ever devised: free markets. This chart, from forthcoming research by the IPA’s Dr Julie Novak, shows how much free markets have lifted our living standards:

On Monday the great free market economist Eugene Fama shared the Nobel Prize for economics with Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller. The Chicago Tribune explains why this matters for the Chicago school of economics. Read this fascinating interview with Fama published in The New Yorker in 2010, and listen to him explain his efficient market hypothesis to Russ Roberts on EconTalk in 2012.

Meanwhile, this is the only piece you need to read on Barack Obama’s new Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.

It looks like the US government is about to reopen. If this spectacularly unsuccessful ‘anti-bullying’ government program is anything to go by, perhaps it’s better it stayed closed. (If you’ve ever unsuccessfully described the concept of ‘unintended consequences’ to a friend, send them that article).

And if you thought the US government was actually a chance of defaulting, read this.

Canada is embroiled in free speech wars again, and there’s no one better than our friend Mark Steyn to explain what is at stake. The target is again journalist Ezra Levant, who starred in these amazing videos during his previous trial.

This is an excellent read from last week’s Spectator on the shocking social and health effects of treating obesity as a disease.

Finally, this may be the most mean-spirited example of the Nanny State ever – from Britain, of course.

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In which the Press Council sends a very, very angry letter

October 10, 2013

From James Paterson

The Australian Press Council is very, very angry with the IPA. Last month they sent us a letter to tell us how angry they are, and on Friday John Roskam replied. Read the exchange exclusively on FreedomWatch. We think we might have earned another letter!

This is a terrific 2 minute 48 second video of NSW MLC Peter Phelps speaking at our freedom of speech briefing in Sydney on 24 September. I’ve never seen a better, shorter explanation of everything that’s wrong with politics today:

Here’s another classic Phelps speech – on the joy of repealing legislation, in the NSW Legislative Council on 24 May last year.

You can also watch great speeches from the event by Janet Albrechtsen and Senator-elect David Leyonhjelm from the Liberal Democratic Party.

Sometimes Nanny Staters parody themselves even better than we could hope to. Here’s one seriously advocating the West adopts North Korean-style diets. Sure, North Koreans may be starving…but at least they’ll soon have a luxury ski resort.

If you’re still worried about the US government shut down, relax. The government still has enough money to buy mechanical bulls, and enough active employees to arrest priests who try to minister to soldiers.

Don’t miss this great extract from Dan Hannan’s new book, Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking People Made the Modern World, published in the October edition of The New Criterion. The book will be released on 19 November and you can pre-order it here. You’ll remember Dan’s magnificent speech to the IPA last year.

And every Hey reader will enjoy this epic take-down of Paul Krugman by Niall Ferguson from the Huffington Post on Tuesday.

This is a great long read from the October edition of Commentary on how Barack Obama’s youthful TV-watching habits have shaped his presidency. Obama is probably a big fan of Seinfeld – personally, I’m not – but this might change my mind.

We’re seeking a new editor of the IPA Review so I can spend more time helping grow the IPA’s membership to 10,000. If you want to be in charge of the journal of Australia’s loudest voice for freedom send your CV, some examples of your work and a letter explaining why freedom changes people’s lives to Hugh Tobin at [email protected].

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