South Australia enters the Twilight Zone

September 29, 2016

From James Bolt

If something is this expensive, shouldn’t it be good?

Some people are saying electricity should be even more expensive. The IPA’s Brett Hogan argued today that South Australia’s blackout is a “warning sign of the consequences of its ideological march towards renewables“. Read Jennifer Marohasy’s analysis on her blog, and make sure to check out the meme.

Brett also wrote in the Australian Financial Review in August how the first priority of energy policy should be to make energy affordable.

If you heeded the ‘trigger warning‘ sign outside the Hofstra University hall where the first Presidential debate was held and missed it, here it is. Our favourite campaign analyst, Dilbert creator Scott Adams, says Hillary won on points but Trump helped his campaign too. But as Fortune points out, it was slim pickings for anyone interested in free trade.

Two weeks ago we told you about author Lionel Shriver’s defence of writers using cultural appropriation and all the predictable outrage Shriver caused. On Friday Shriver’s brilliant must-read article appeared in the New York Times asking whether the Left can survive millennials – and wrote on the dangers of Australia’s 18C.

If you’re against Shriver and think authors should only be able to call upon their own experiences when writing, in the upcoming IPA Review I re-imagine classic works where the authors become the main character – such as To Kill a Mockingbird, where Harper Lee quickly loses the case because Lee is an author, not a lawyer.

Mike Baird has taken an absolute slamming in the polls today because of his ban on greyhound racing. The IPA’s Evan Mulholland joined SYN on Friday to discuss the ban and the future of the racing industry.

There were three incredible ‘safe spaces’ stories this week. Brendan O’Neill in The Spectator wrote on Monday about archaeology students at University College in London who can leave class if the bones they dig up are too “scary.

Also, Clemson University on Friday tried to stop students from spreading ever-popular Harambe memes because they apparently encourage “racism.” But most dangerous of all, students at Northern Michigan University were told they would be punished if they expressed suicidal thoughts to their friends.

Artificial Intelligence continues being awesome. This week a computer wrote two pop songs – andthey’re actually pretty good. Hopefully the lyrics the computer writes are free of any cultural appropriation.

Article of the week

In Monday’s debate, Clinton accused Trump of using “Trumped-up trickle-down” economic policies. If somehow you’re still conscious after laughing so hard at that zinger, you should read this great piece by Steven Horwitz for the Foundation for Economic Education on Saturday on how ‘trickle down economics’ is a myth and no serious economist believes in it.

IPA Staff Pick

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Morgan Begg

This classic 1961 episode of The Twilight Zone stars Burgess Meredith as a librarian in a dystopian future without books. The state decides he has no function in society, and is to be executed for the crime of being obsolete. Rod Serling delivers the brilliant closing narration: “Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails to recognise the worth, the dignity, the rights of Man, that state is obsolete.”

You can watch the whole 25-minute episode here:

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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