The French Thatcher

November 24, 2016

From Morgan Begg

Australia will soon be in an even worse position on global company tax competitiveness:

We showed you a version of this graph in September, and now we’ve added the company tax reforms proposed by US President-elect Trump and UK Prime Minister May. The Australian government’s proposal to cut company tax rates to 25% in 10 years is looking even more tame.

At least we’re still ahead of France. But for how long? On Sunday, conservative François Fillon won the first round of the French Republican’s presidential primary election. Bloomberg published a profile of Fillon on Monday, describing him as “offering voters an economic-policy revolution inspired by Margaret Thatcher“.

The Labor party is attempting to collect 20,000 signatures for a petition against changes to section 18C. I think lovers of freedom can do much better. Sign the petition by Senator Cory Bernardi in support of free speech here.

You can also watch Liberal Democrats Senator David Leyonhjelm’s speech in the Senate yesterday on the importance of freedom of speech, and why 18C needs to go.

The American left was repudiated at the US election, and of course this is not because of the Democrat’s alienation of working class Americans, but because of something called “fake news“. As Barton Hinkle wrote at Reason yesterday, the fuss about “fake news” is itself fake news.

The IPA’s Evan Mulholland wrote in The Spectator Australia yesterday about how he could no longer be a member of the Australian Republican Movement. I’m so glad my colleague has finally seen the light!

Rowan Callick in The Australian last Thursday wrote a fascinating piece on the nature of “Chinese democracy” – which means that only those who are sufficiently loyal to the ruling Communist Party are allowed to participate. Just see what happens when Western journalists attempt to speak to non-party candidates.

Article of the week

Mark Steyn’s brilliant article on his website last week explains how the behaviour of the US election losers endangers the very idea of representative government. Mark also has a new “nightly television extravaganza” – more information here.

IPA Staff Pick

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Andrew Bushnell

This excellent article by the demographer and conservative Democrat Joel Kotkin at The Daily Beast on Sunday argues that Trumpism is a rejection of the “new feudalism” in which a class of technocrats preside over increasingly alienated middle and working classes. The essay clearly describes the forces shaping the ongoing global political shift, and is a strong contender for best post-election Trump think piece.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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