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May 19, 2016

From Morgan Begg

Freedom of speech is under threat at Australian universities – here’s what we found:

The IPA’s Free Speech on Campus Audit 2016 – covered in The Australian yesterday ($) – found that only one Australian university respects free speech (kudos to the University of New England).

You can see where your university ranked on the full list published here.

Two wins for common sense this week: a hypocritical campaign in the US to oppose naming a law school after one of the most important American jurists ever – the late Justice Scalia – has been unanimously rejected. Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg has committed to addressing Facebook’s left-wing bias.

Still think Hillary Clinton is the inevitable President? As Andrew Napolitano noted at Reason last Thursday, a perfect storm of legal trouble is circling the Democrat’s campaign. On top of that, she is still being regularly defeated by a septuagenarian socialist, while a Time piece notes how she bizarrely plans to win by being boring.

In a stunning about-face, JK Rowling this week staunchly defended Donald Trump’s right to free speech, after earlier describing him as worse than Voldemort.

The Atlantic this week published a fascinating account of just how dire the situation is in socialist Venezuela. If you know any Bernie Sanders fans, send them that article and also this CapX piece explaining how Latvia is soaring after embracing the free market.

The long read for this week is this 4,200 word essay at City Journal about the “best war documentary ever shown on television” – 1973’s classic World at War.

Last week, the IPA reached 500 Young members. To mark the occasion, we are sending every Young member a copy of George Orwell’s classic Animal Farm. An excellent post on Don Aitkin’s blog about how the cowardice of British publishers delayed its publication is well worth reading.

Quadrant Online published an interview with the IPA’s Chris Berg about his latest book, The Libertarian Alternative, as well as freedom, over-regulation and the need for limited government.

Op-ed of the week

At CapX on Monday, the excellent Matt Ridley – a guest of the IPA in 2013 – highlighted how much better off British science would be outside of the EU.

IPA Staff Pick

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Chris Berg.

Published in April, Tyler Beck Goodspeed’s Legislating Instability explains how Adam Smith was wrong to blame Scotland’s 1772 financial crisis on the lack of banking regulation. You can read a summary at Cato here.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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