The World Cup of Communism

July 3, 2014

From Peter Gregory

On Monday Jenny Macklin insisted Australia’s welfare system is not “out of control“. Below, the IPA’s Dr Julie Novak research tells the real story: 

What issue has been engrossing The Washington Post, The New York Times, the American Enterprise Institute, the Heritage Foundation and even The Guardian? It’s this by Ann Coulter ‘America’s favorite national pastime: hating soccer‘ (and here is her follow up).

On Tuesday in The Drum Ben Pobjie hilariously confirmed Coulter’s suspicions that the tournament in Brazil is the World Cup of Communism by proving that the offside rule punishes individual initiative.

If you’re not a soccer fan – please move on to the next paragraph. If you are, this is a must-read 4,653 word essay on Lionel Messi’s left foot from FiveThirtyEight on Tuesday. Make sure you check out scatter graph No. 10 on ‘Value Added vs. Total Offensive Participation’. And this is a terrific 6:50 video from Keith Olbermann on how to make soccer work in America (there are lots of lessons for Australia).  

We should have a segment in Hey for the craziest Conversation article of the week. Last week university deregulation contravened international law. This week, accounting firms have a human rights problem. I can’t wait until next week!      

Click on this picture to find out why Australia gives money to international organisations like the World Health Organisation. It will make you sick…

And you guessed it, the only person more controversial than Ann Coulter this week was James Delingpole, who wore an “I love fossil fuels” t-shirt into the Greenpeace field at Glastonbury music festival.  

From the July/August edition of Standpoint is this fascinating long article by Jeremy Black on how the First World War should be remembered in the centenary year of its commencement. 

And to complete the triumvirate, Ann Coulter, James Delingpole…we have Ian Plimer! The IPA is launching Professor Plimer’s important new book Not for Greens in Melbourne on July 22 and Brisbane on July 28. 

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

 

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6 months to save the world

June 26, 2014

From James Paterson

Forget the Mayan Calendar – the world is coming to an end in six months, at least according to the ANU professor Kevin Rudd appointed as the government’s chief scientist. But don’t worry – her prediction is probably just as reliable as other forecasts from that era, like the return to surplus.

I didn’t think it was possible for a single article to simultaneously discredit the human rights lobby, international law and academia. But that was before I read this absolute gem on the (taxpayer fundedThe Conversation. My favourite part is the just slightly inadequate “disclosure statement”.

Centre for Independent Studies executive director Greg Lindsay had this must-read column in theAustralian Financial Review this morning on the pretence of (taxpayer funded) ideology-free think tanks. As John Roskam wrote in the AFR last week, Ray Evans didn’t need taxpayer funds to change Australia.

This 9-year old boy from Kansas City, Missouri is the freedom fighter of the week, for taking on his local government. But there’s good news from Oakland, California – at long last pinball machines are to be decriminalised.

Tax-time is coming. This proposed US law could come in handy if you happened to misplace some of your tax records, like the IRS.

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan you’ll love this list from Reason on the five libertarian lessonsfrom the hit series.

This week is the 100th anniversary of the event that sparked World War I. In the Wall Street Journal last week Margaret MacMillan explained how it continues to shape the world today.

On Thursday 17 July in Melbourne John Roskam is launching an important new book from Connor Court, Democracy in Decline, by Professor James Allan. Full event details are available here, and you can buy the book online here.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

 

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Vale Ray Evans

June 19, 2014

From James Paterson

This week Australia has lost one of its greatest champions for freedom, Ray Evans. Ray was a wonderful friend, and more than 25-year member, of the IPA and played a central role in many free market organisations, including the HR Nicholls Society. Andrew Bolt has this moving tribute. Ray’s own speech at the funeral of the modest member, Bert Kelly, captures his passion for freedom.

In breaking news today, the Gillard government’s financial framework legislation has been found to be unconstitutional by the High Court. Read our press release just issued welcoming the decision. When the legislation was first introduced in July 2012 the IPA’s Simon Breheny explained in the Sydney Morning Herald why the law was such a serious threat to parliamentary democracy and federalism:

Even lefties like Jonathan Holmes, David Marr and The Age agree the law that sent Andrew Bolt to court, section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, goes too far. They’re among this IPA list of 51 prominent supporters of reform from across the political spectrum. That’s why it is so disappointing the Victorian and New South Wales Liberal governments oppose any change to 18C. As reported in the SMH on Monday, Simon Breheny sent this letter to every Victorian and NSW Liberal MP reminding them of the values they were elected to uphold.

Meanwhile, the federal government has released a discussion paper to help it decide whether it is ok or not for the government to take pensioners money out of their bank accounts without their permission. As our press release from February last year explained, this should not be a difficult question.

This week was the 799th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. In The Telegraph on Monday Dan Hannan explained its enduring importance.

And you’ll enjoy this piece by Allister Heath in The Telegraph on Tuesday, on why Pope Francisdoesn’t understand economics.

The IPA is now gratefully accepting donations to the End of Financial Year Appeal 2014. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to support the IPA’s research, please click here.

The IPA’s Professor Jason Potts, Chris Berg, Dr Julie Novak and Simon Breheny are all speaking at the first annual Australia and New Zealand Students for Liberty conference in Melbourne on 5-6 July. If you’re a student interested in liberty, don’t miss it – details here.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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Hands off my (lavishly subsidised) Arts degree!

June 12, 2014

From James Paterson

The Financial Review is still printing angry letters from agitated Arts graduates after IPA executive director John Roskam’s article on Friday calling for an end to taxpayer-funding for Arts degrees. Given these sorts of subjects are on offer, I thought John’s column was pretty restrained.

The New South Wales government is finally embarking on the (partial) privatisation of its electricity networks. As this chart prepared by the IPA’s Dr Alan Moran shows, consumers will benefit:

You can read more about why privatised energy markets perform better in Alan Moran’s March 2014 submission to the White Paper on Energy here.

Of course, if you really want to help consumers with the cost of electricity, you should follow the advice of Senator-elect Bob Day. Read his letter to Environment Minister Greg Hunt on why the Renewable Energy Target should be repealed and Direct Action scrapped.

On Friday the IPA’s Peter Gregory had this important piece in The Cambodia Daily on why granting secure property rights is essential to continuing to lift Cambodians out of poverty.

Yesterday in the US, House of Representatives Majority Leader, Republican Eric Cantor, lost his party’s endorsement in a major upset. His replacement is economics professor David Brat. TheNational Review gives the credit for the victory to talk-show host Laura Ingraham. Mark Steynisn’t sorry to see Cantor go.

Now this is a hardship posting – one poor reporter at the New York Times clearly drew the short straw for this assignment: “36 hours in Canberra“.

This is a brilliant article by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in The Telegraph on Tuesday on why Britain should leave the EU, and what it should do next.

The June issue of Standpoint has this fascinating essay by Tim Congdon on the horrific damage done to Cuba by two generations of communism. And in the Spring issue of City Journal Aaron M. Renn has a long expose on what’s wrong with Rhode Island, America’s basket case.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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