What do One Direction and Jeffrey Sachs have in common?

March 13, 2014

From James Paterson

This week is the 70th anniversary of the publication of Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to SerfdomOn the ABC’s The Drum yesterday, the IPA’s Dr Julie Novak explained why it is just as relevant today as it was in 1944.

This week is also the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant freedom of speech cases in US history. On Monday at Spiked Brendan O’Neill argued that Americans are lucky the Supreme Court made the right call.

On Friday the IPA’s Chris Berg and Simon Breheny made this submission to the federal government’s review of online safety for children. As Chris Berg said on Studio 10 last week, a new government regulator could restrict free speech and won’t stop bullying.

But you can stop worrying about letting your children read Immanuel Kant’s Critiques, now that it comes with this helpful new warning from the publisher. All you really need to worry about with your kids is whether they’ll sue you or not.

Meanwhile, this is an important article by Roger Scruton for the BBC on why we shouldn’t trust the state to educate our children. Roger will be in Australia in May as a guest of the IPA and Campion College – book now to see him speak in MelbourneSydney and Brisbane.

The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty is an important new book by Nina Munk that demonstrates why foreign aid has failed to reduce poverty. Read this terrific review by the great William Easterly in the January issue of Reason, and listen to this fascinating interview with the author on EconTalk about the disastrous ‘Millennium Villages Project’.

Our friend James Delingpole is moving to greener pastures as the executive editor of the new UK arm of the influential Breitbart news empire. You’ll love one of his first articles – on why One Direction know nothing about poverty alleviation (someone should send them Nina Munk’s book).

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:


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