Mullets, whiskey and freedom

October 27, 2016

From Peter Gregory

Environmental lawfare has cost the Australian economy up to $1.2 billion and condemned vital projects to a total of 7500 days in court.

They’re the major findings of the IPA’s latest report ‘Section 487 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act: How activists use red tape to stop development and jobs’ by the IPA’s Daniel Wild which featured on the front page of The Australian today. Read our media release here, and the full report here.

When the IPA says government has grown larger, we aren’t joking:

That graph is from this excellent blog post from Cato’s Dan Mitchell explaining how Europe moved from agricultural poverty to middle class prosperity during the 1800s when government expenditure was only around 10% of GDP… could be something in that.

This week a born-again Christian couple in Northern Ireland were fined for not baking a cake supporting gay marriage.

And, on Friday at the University of California, Berkeley student protesters prevented white students from crossing a bridge on campus, whilst allowing students of other racial backgrounds to pass.

Good to see identity politics fostering co-operation between races then! At least in Australia it’s still legal to make fun of someone’s mullet.

This is a great piece for dinner parties – Matt Ridley in The Spectator this week with the news that in the last 30 years green vegetation on Earth has increased by 14% mostly due to more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

If you’d like to donate to the IPA’s Climate Change: The Facts 2017 featuring a contribution from Matt, click here.

Another one for your dinner party survival kit – your (quite) long reading for this week is the new 9,000 word Cato report on the five myths about economic inequality in America.

This week the IPA was proud to publish Dr Kevin Donnelly AM’s The Culture of Freedom, the fifth monograph of the IPA’s Foundations of Western Civilisation Program with a foreword by the IPA’s Dr Bella d’Abrera. You can order your copy, here.

Article of the week

This is really important. Both US presidential candidates are free trade sceptics. That makes former IPA guest Bjørn Lomborg’s thorough defence of free trade and optimistic forecast for the future onProject Syndicate compulsory reading.

IPA Staff Pick

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Scott Hargreaves

Scottish poet Robert Burns famously said that “freedom an’ whisky gang thegither!” and this new video from the Competitive Enterprise Institute explains why. In I, Whiskey: The Human Spirit, the filmmakers explore how whisky is the story of the freedom to connect and create, and how it encapsulates “a rebel spirit renowned for its individuality and colourful history”.

Cheers to that!

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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