Ban sarcasm? What a great idea

March 31, 2016

From James Bolt | Thursday, 31 March 2016

Mark Steyn’s speech to the IPA’s Gala Dinner in February becomes more relevant every day. The full 40 minute speech is now online, watch it here.

What would Mark say about this? Today, the IPA was in the Daily Telegraph about intellectual censorship at Australian universities. Here is everything you need to know about it on FreedomWatch.

But of course, the big story about censorship in Australian universities this week is how the University of New South Wales now forces students to say Australia was ‘invaded’ – the IPA was featured in theDaily Telegraph’s front page story about it.

Are we any different to America’s colleges? Last week, students at Emory University in Atlanta started mass protests after someone wrote “Trump 2016” in chalk on the pavement. Imagine what would have happened back in the day if anyone wrote a sign in support of John Howard? Oh wait,that happened.

As The Atlantic said last week, protests like that are exactly what created Trump.

The announcement yesterday by Malcolm Turnbull of plans to give state governments income tax powers is exactly what should happen – it’s number 7 on the IPA’s 2012 list of 75 radical ideas to transform Australia. Fairfax’s Peter Martin has a good explanation of what’s at stake. The IPA’s Brett Hogan explained why this is a good idea on PM with Mark Colvin on ABC Radio National yesterday. In 2015, Dr Peter Hendy – now Assistant Minister for Finance – explained in the IPA Review why this is an important reform.

This week, The Age ran a long story about how Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, believes Trump could be the next President. Yes, we told you about that in Hey four weeks ago. Standpoint’s 3,500-word cover story this month asks what the rise of Trump says about our political culture.

Everyone in the UK is talking about Matthew Parris’ article slamming Boris Johnson for becoming the face of Brexit. Iain Martin in CapX on Saturday explained why this is not the end of Boris Johnson, and why he’ll one day become the leader of the UK Conservative Party.

Students For Liberty, an international network of pro-liberty students, has released an e-bookA Future for Millenials, about why there should be no government. OK, they don’t say that – but it is still a must read for all our libertarian subscribers.

What I’m listening to this week – John Roskam

We’ve told you about the wonderful EconTalk before, one of the most popular podcasts in the world. It’s run by Russell Roberts out of Stanford University, and has had guests like Christopher Hitchens, Deirdre McCloskey and Don Boudreaux. One of my favourites is this one from February this year with Matt Ridley on his new book The Evolution of Everything.

 Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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