In praise of Clive James

October 20, 2016

From James Bolt

David Leyonhjelm, Liberal Democratic senator for New South Wales (and IPA member!) last week launched a Senate inquiry into Australia’s largest industry – you guessed it, red tape. Read about it here. As IPA research shows, this inquiry could not come soon enough:

The IPA is delighted to announce that Clive James will be contributing to Climate Change: The Facts 2017. Read what John Roskam wrote to IPA members about it on Tuesday. You can also read Clive’s fantastic essay for the BBC in 2009, In Praise of Scepticism here, complete with angry comments. If you want to donate to the publication of CCTF17 – you can donate here.

As we said on Facebook yesterday the 18C case against The Australian cartoonist Bill Leak is disgraceful, and yet the government is still silent on it. The day before the Leak case became public, the IPA’s Simon Breheny wrote in The Australian why 18C must go.

Today in the UK’s Spiked Online, the IPA’s Matthew Lesh said the case was “a worrying sign that our leaders can’t even be bothered to attempt to stand up for the fundamental value of freedom of speech“. Bill Leak appeared on The Bolt Report on Monday to discuss the case.

In sad news this week, Family First Senator Bob Day (also an IPA member) announced he will leave the Senate. Bob is a tireless defender of free speech, IR reform and federalism. Our friend Tim Andrews at the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance started a wonderful initiative, which has already raised over $20,000 for Bob. You can help Bob in his financial troubles by donating here.

With less than a month to go in the US elections, people looking for a third-party candidate may have found a hero. Independent candidate Evan McMullin, who calls himself the “only conservative” in the race, polled 31% in Utah on Wednesday, four points ahead of Donald Trump. Last weekFiveThirtyEight outlined how McMullin could win Utah… and the Presidency.

As if we needed another example of the world’s short memory of communism – a poll this week found that a quarter of Americans think more people were killed under George W. Bush than under Joseph Stalin.

This week’s long read is this 6,000 word review of Chris Berg’s latest book, The Libertarian Alternative, from the Sydney Review of Books. While Berg is praised in the article, it’s the most gritted-teeth praise I’ve seen since Crikey‘s review of me in the Melbourne Uni Law Revue.

Article of the week

In a brilliant article published in The Australian yesterday, Mark Steyn slammed the dangerous section 18C, and called the government’s silence on the Bill Leak case “unmoored from the core principles of liberty“.

IPA Staff Pick

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

In a talk delivered to the Boston Mises Circle, Jeff Deist from the Mises Institute absolutely nails what has gone wrong in the economics profession. Deist says the study of economics has been captured by academics and mathematicians, meaning it “starts with the wrong premises, asks the wrong questions, applies the wrong methods and not surprisingly arrives at the wrong conclusions.

This is a must-read speech on how proponents of free markets need to approach the debate, and why it is so important to reclaim economics from the Left.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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