Calling me offended is offensive

August 18, 2016

From James Bolt

Australia’s economy is stagnating. New ABS wage data released on Wednesday has found that wage growth continues to fall, while net government debt continues to climb:

The IPA’s Campus Coordinator at Melbourne University John Hajek wrote this fantastic article on Friday – “The 7 Myths About Capitalism” – for the IPA’s Generation Liberty. My favourite myth to debunk is number two – that capitalism caused the Global Financial Crisis.

Former Hey writer and re-elected Senator James Paterson (Liberal, Victoria) said on Sky News on Monday that parliament is “closer than we ever have been” to reforming section 18C. On Tuesday, our friends at the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance relaunched their campaign to lobby MPs and Senators to support free speech – you can sign it here.

Two weeks ago I told you how 1950’s comedian Lenny Bruce used to perform while police were on hand to arrest him for being obscene. Nothing’s changed. Last month, Canadian comic Mike Ward was fined $42,000 by the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal for telling a joke. He spoke about it with Andrew Doyle at Spiked Online on Saturday.

London’s Metropolitan Police will spend £1.7m setting up a creepy new “troll-hunting squad“, where a team of volunteers will search for inappropriate material on social media and dob it in to the police. This is exactly what Christopher Hitchens was talking about in this part of his fantastic oration about freedom of speech at the University of Toronto in 2006. Watch the whole clip here.

Elites are openly speaking against democracy following Brexit. Brendan O’Neill at The Spectator on Monday called this theocratic movement “a nasty, elitist political strain, driven by an urge to silence the ignorant people“, while the fantastic Dan Hannan in the Washington Examiner on Monday wondered whether democracy is going out of fashion, and explains why it shouldn’t.

Brendan O’Neill is currently touring Australia with the IPA. He spoke in Sydney on Tuesday and Brisbane yesterday. He’ll be in the Gold Coast tonight and Canberra on Wednesday. Book now!

This week’s long read is this 4,800 word piece by US columnist George Will in the latest edition ofNational Affairs, in which he explains how when a democratically elected government becomes larger and more “promiscuously intrusive“, it becomes decreasingly responsive to the will of the majority.

Millennial journalists were outraged about millennials being portrayed as easily outraged by a new television programme premiering at a Television Critics Association panel in the US last week. If there’s a better example of life imitating art, I’d like to see it.

In November last year, we featured the hilarious video series LoveGov, which portrays the US federal government as an overbearing boyfriend. Watch the latest installment of the great series here.

The IPA’s Jennifer Marohasy has today dissected the argument between celebrity scientist Professor Brian Cox and Senator-elect Malcolm Roberts on Q&A on Monday, and explained how NASA uses data homogenisation, in this article for On Line Opinion today.

Article of the week

Peggy Noonan wrote in The Wall Street Journal last Friday how global elites are turning their backson the wishes of those who voted for them and pursuing their own agendas.

IPA Staff Pick

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Bella D’Abrera

I have just watched Clinton Cash, a documentary film released in July, based on the New York Timesbestselling book Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich by Peter Schweizer.

It’s an astounding exposé of how the Clintons have managed to amass an immense personal fortune since Bill left the White House in 2001. The pair have effectively been a ‘tag team’, using their political status to attract a panoply of foreign contributions to the Clinton Foundation in exchange for political favours.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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