Maybe the left wing establishment should watch Harry Potter

April 14, 2016

From Morgan Begg

It’s official. You spend more than three months ($) of the year working for someone else, as revealed by new OECD statistics this week. We’ve helpfully calculated just how bad it’s become in recent years:

A perfect time to call for higher taxes then! The Australia Institute placed a full page open letter in Fairfax newspapers from the left wing establishment. John Roskam responded in The Australian today, calling these usual suspects “the fatuous 50” who have no idea about the real world.

There is a lesson from the past week: central banks should spend less time designing ghastly bank notes, and more time watching Harry Potter. It’s just a shame that JK Rowling is a Labour supporter.

By popular demand, I’m including a link today to this article by Elizabeth Farrelly in The Sydney Morning Herald last Thursday, “Institute of Public Affairs: the think tank with arms everywhere“. We couldn’t include it last week, as no one in the office understood what she was talking about. We still don’t understand it, but thought we’d have to share it eventually.

As reported by Reason, a man in Dallas is in danger of losing his car repair business because it is not consistent with the city’s vision for an arts precinct.

Meanwhile, students are taught that singing Rihanna songs causes “microaggressions”, and writing “Trump 2016” on a “Free Speech wall” warrants cultural sensitivity training. The IPA’s Matthew Lesh talked with Alan Jones about this issue on 2GB this morning.

Toby Nichols, an IPA member from Western Australia, penned this outstanding piece for FreedomWatch yesterday about the culture of victimhood. Brendan O’Neill in Spiked from December agrees.

This must be what Bernie Sanders voters hear when people talk about economics. You’ll be shocked to hear that Soviet refugees aren’t buying Sanders’ socialism as reported in The Atlantic on Tuesday. It’s safe to say that the millionaires fleeing France won’t be throwing their support behind Sanders either.

Bjørn Lomborg penned two great op-eds recently: in The Wall Street Journal ($) on the overblown climate alarmism, and in The Telegraph about how electric cars aren’t going to save the world. He should be careful: US prosecutors are literally targeting groups sceptical of global warming.

On Tuesday, The Daily Mail published an excerpt from Daniel Hannan’s latest book, Why Vote Leave. Australia’s greatest living poet Les Murray has a new collection of poems out – it was reviewed in The Washington Free Beacon on Sunday.

Connor Court Publishing is launching two upcoming books we’re excited about. The first is the latest book from the IPA’s Fr James Grant, Let There be Light. The second is No Offence Intended: Why 18C is Wrong, by Joshua Forrester, Lorraine Finlay and Augusto Zimmermann. Details for both events can be found here.

IPA Staff Pick

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: John Roskam.

Just because Donald Trump says he likes Ayn Rand, doesn’t make this 5 minute monologue by Gary Cooper in The Fountainhead any less powerful:

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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