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In defence of 'peak sequel' capitalism

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 12th January, 2016

Is Hollywood running out of ideas? In the wake of the unsurprising success of the seventh iteration of Star Wars, it can't have escaped anyone's...

Magna Carta: archaic tax document and icon of liberty

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 9th June, 2015

The Magna Carta turns 800 years old next week. The document has become an icon of liberty, variously credited with establishing everything from...

No place for laws aimed at race

Ideas & Liberty | James Paterson
The Australian 16th April, 2015

The idea all people are equal and must not be divided by their race, their religion or their gender is the legacy of liberal democracy and the...

Book review: Triumph and Demise lifts curtain on Rudd and Gillard governments

The Sydney Morning Herald 16th October, 2014

Paul Kelly's work as editor-at-large at The Australian is distinguished by his usually rigorous political analysis and sound historical judgments....

The new curriculum's rubbish history books

Education | Stephanie Forrest
Quadrant 18th April, 2014

Ever since Christopher Pyne announced the review of the national curriculum in January this year, the national curriculum has been a topic of...

The Rise of China is the Real End of History

Ideas & Liberty | Alan Moran
Quadrant 4th May, 2012

War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading. - Thomas Hardy, The Dynasts Reprising Hegel's view that the Battle of Jena in 1806...

Left's delusions laid bare

Economics & Deregulation, Ideas & Liberty and Climate Change | John Roskam
The Australian Financial Review 16th December, 2011

This year sounded the death knell for the euro, government stimulus packages and international action on climate change. The year should therefore...

New technology and the call for censorship

Ideas & Liberty and Freedom of Speech | Chris Berg
The Drum 14th December, 2011

The first recorded call for press censorship wasn't for reasons of politics, or heresy, or public morality. It was to police "quality". The...

How Tony Abbott should fight the culture wars

Ideas & Liberty | James Paterson
Quadrant 1st November, 2011

The best way for Prime Minister Tony Abbott to win the cultural wars might actually be to withdraw the government from them. One of the greatest...

The capitalist heroes we forget

Ideas & Liberty | Chris Berg
The Drum 11th October, 2011

The death of Steve Jobs has offered us a symbol which is surprisingly rare: the capitalist as a hero. The tributes to the Apple co-founder have...