Hey readers like pictures of sad climate scientists

December 17, 2015

From James Paterson

This is the final edition of Hey for the year. Our 20,701 subscribers have together received 945,938 emails and clicked on 176,831 links. 

Here’s what you really liked:

  1. 1,244 of you clicked to see a photographic series of very sad climate scientists
  2. 1,215 of you wanted to see the IPA’s special farewell to our good friend, Greens Leader Christine Milne
  3. 1,023 of you read Ambrose Evans-Pritchard’s brilliant article in The Telegraph in July on what the Greek referendum result means for the Euro

But try as we might, we couldn’t get you interested in:

  1. The unemployment data from February – only 9 of you clicked on that!
  2. Ted Cruz’s announcement that he was running for President attracted only 13 clicks – I guess you all knew that already
  3. News that loony greens were taking over the British Labour Party caught the interest of just 32 of you. To be fair, that wasn’t exactly breaking news…

Here’s something to lift your spirits at the end of the year. You can read the four absolutely brilliant top entries in the IPA’s Generation Liberty writing competition, including a very special entry from an 11 year old IPA Young Member. In 250 words or less, these young entrants had to explain what free markets mean to them. I think you’ll be very impressed.

If you’re looking for something to read over the summer break this is a great reading list from our friends at CapX.

It will be a very Merry Christmas for the new Managing Director of the ABC, as IPA Executive Director John Roskam explained in The Daily Telegraph ($) yesterday and The Australian ($) this morning.

Remember in November when we praised Michael Pascoe from The Sydney Morning Herald for taking on ludicrous heritage listings? He’s back in the naughty corner. Today he wrote that reducing government spending from emergency levels makes you “a full-on IPA loony“. 

The IPA is now gratefully accepting donations to our 2015 Christmas Appeal. Don’t forget to book your tickets for Mark Steyn’s February 2016 Restoring Freedom Australian tour with the IPA – some venues are already close to capacity. It would make a great Christmas present for the freedom-lover in your life.

Hey will be back in January. From everyone at the IPA, please have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and restful New Year.

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Everybody do the privilege walk

December 10, 2015

From Peter Gregory

This is magnificent. 

Watch Mark Steyn testifying to Ted Cruz’s US Senate committee hearing on climate science on Tuesday. 

You can read Mark’s full statement here

Of course, the IPA is bringing Mark to Australia in February. Tickets to his events in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Cloncurry are now available online here

Is saying “God bless you” after someone sneezes a microaggression? That’s the view of students interviewed at Occidental College in California in this depressing Reason video released on Tuesday. And this is just plain creepy – the ‘privilege walk‘ at the University of Michigan.   

This will cheer you up though – 18 year old Brittany Mirelez is suing her community college in Arizona for removing her from its free speech zone. 

Another big story out of the US at the moment is the Bill O’Reilly vs George Will spat. First, Will said O’Reilly’s new book about Ronald Reagan was “preposterous“. Then O’Reilly called Will a hack when he interviewed him on The O’Reilly Factor. Last month in Commentary Magazine former Bush and Reagan staffer Peter Wehner had this excellent summation

Uber is now illegal in Victoria. The IPA’s Darcy Allen explains the decision in this post on FreedomWatch on Friday and Tim Andrews from the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance had this terrific op-ed ($) in The Daily Telegraph yesterday. On Monday on FreedomWatch, the IPA’s Mikayla Novak had this post on the federal government’s new innovation policy.

Last week we said we loved The Guardian. They’ve delivered again! Only The Guardian would criticise Mark Zuckerberg for giving away 99% of his Facebook shares

Students at Princeton want Woodrow Wilson’s name removed from university buildings because of Wilson’s racism. But as Executive Vice-President of the Cato Institute, David Boaz, explains in New York Post last week, Wilson’s legacy is a lot worse than that.

Your longish item this week is this 14 minute segment on IPA Adjunct Fellow Tom Switzer’s Radio National program about Jeremiah Hamilton – Wall Street’s first black millionaire who rose to fortune amidst the Civil War. 

The IPA Christmas Appeal is now on. If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation, click here

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Tony Galati for Australian of the Year

December 3, 2015

From James Paterson

This man deserves to be Australian of the Year.

After a long battle, Tony Galati appears to have finally triumphed over the WA state government’s Potato Marketing Corporation.

We first told you about the Stalinist Marketing of Potatoes Act in Hey in 2012. Galati has been risking jail since 2010 for growing more potatoes than the government thinks he should. Back in 2012 David Leyonhjelm explained just how crazy the law is.

This compilation of five recent articles by former IPA guest Matt Ridley on the Paris climate conference is the perfect way to get up to speed with what’s happening. Fellow IPA guest James Delingpole’s “Twelve Reasons Why the Paris Climate Talks are a Total Waste” on Breitbart on Monday are an even quicker primer. In National Review another IPA guest, Robert Bryce, explains why a global legally binding pact to reduce emissions is immoral – and not going to happen any time soon.

Ridley’s fascinating new book, The Evolution of Everything, was reviewed in The New York Times Sunday Book Review last month. In the December edition of Standpoint, Edward Lucas reviews Robert Service’s new 688-page book on the end of the Cold War and the final six years of the Soviet Union.

In a speech on Monday at the Hudson Institute in New York, Rupert Murdoch delivered this robust defence of American exceptionalism.

2015 is the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law – the theory that computing power will double roughly every two years. It’s still holding up pretty well. In Forbes, Adam Thierer from the Mercatus Center suggests we should apply its principles to Washington D.C.

This is why we love The Guardian. What other paper would run a piece containing the phrase “Am I equating property development with mass murder? No. But…”? Enjoy.

In his column for The Drum this week the IPA’s Chris Berg tries to see the positive side of the federal government establishing a “nudge unit”. On Catallaxy Files IPA friend Professor Judith Sloan thinks Berg has gone soft.

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