Dilbert for Vice President?

March 3, 2016

From Morgan Begg

New data from the ABS, released on Friday, revealed a worsening of the deep problem the IPA identified years ago. Fewer businesses are being started in Australia today than ten years ago:

There’s no point being innovative and agile if you don’t exist. 

Forget about the frontrunner for the US presidency – check out the frontrunner for the best blog in the world – blog.dilbert.com. Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert, has the most interesting analysis of Trump’s persuasion techniques on the internet and predicted on Monday who will be Trump’s Vice President.

Desperate Republicans adopted hashtag activism this week, crying out “#NeverTrump“. For all their efforts, Donald Trump is more certain than ever to be the Republican presidential nominee.

For all of the problems with the public broadcaster, you can be sure they won’t be solved by recognising the ABC’s independence in the constitution!

You might have missed what Clive James had to say on the passing of our friend and colleague Professor Bob Carter in The Guardian last month. I wonder what Clive has to say about Leonardo DiCaprio’s acceptance speech at the Oscars on Monday.

Last week, LDP Senator David Leyonhjelm suggested principled support for free speech in parliament is mythical, much like a unicorn. Before he left the country, Mark Steyn appeared on Studio 10, where it’s safe to say his music was more popular than his support for free speech.

Dan Hannan says taking offence has become “conspicuous consumption” for student activists in his piece in The Washington Examiner last week. 

The news from universities is not all bad though: Melissa Click, the communications professor who infamously called for “muscle” to shut down a student journalist, was fired from the University of Missouri last week. And at Stanford University, a student newspaper is campaigning for the reintroduction of Western Civilisation subject requirements for first year students.

Our friends fighting for the right of all Australians to get a job, the HR Nicholls Society, are seeking a part time Executive Director. For more information, click here.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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