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.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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