Recent publications in IPA Review article

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The fall of literature

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Stephanie Forrest

Until the 1970s, it was expected that Australian students should read classic literature over the course of several years at school. Since then, the classics have increasingly been pushed out of curricula, with many of them crudely dismissed by...

The rise of America's populist progressivism

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Tom Switzer

She is the rising star of the left, who attracts rock-star receptions at standing-room-only campaign rallies across the United States. She gives fiery sermons for economic populism and social progressivism. She blasts banks and big business, and...

The Missing Foundation of Development: Individual Rights

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Peter Gregory

The major contribution of William Easterly's new book, The Tyranny of Experts released in March this year, is that individual rights for the poor isn't just the most effective path to development for poverty stricken countries. It's that...

The end of history

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Stephanie Forrest

In 1993, after the passing of Laurie R. Gardiner - a historian and lecturer at the University of Melbourne - his friends, family, and former colleagues established an academic prize in his honour. The prize, the trust record says, was to be...

The colonialist charge

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Richard Allsop

English historian Catherine Hall had a specific political purpose in writing this book. In the aftermath of 9/11, she strongly opposed the Blair Government's decision to participate in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and was particularly...

Why won't the Australian government follow Canada's lead on free speech?

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Aaron Lane

In a visit to Canada earlier this year, Prime Minister Tony Abbott praised Canada for being a longstanding friend of Australia that has always shared our commitment to democracy and liberty.  So why won't the Australian government follow...

Aunty out of control

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | James Paterson

There's only one way to fix the ABC, and that is by privatising it. Everything else is window dressing. If the ABC wants to be reformed, they are doing everything in their power to make it happen. Since the election of the Abbott government, it is...

The battle over cheap energy in the third world

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Brendan Pearson

The American literary critic Lionel Trilling once sounded a warning about the risks of the ‘preening moral righteousness' that is relevant to many of today's environmental campaigners and the complaisant international aid bodies influenced...

The Cyberbullying moral panic

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

Bullying among children is a serious problem. At its tragic worst it can lead to suicide. But it is a serious social problem, not a technological one. Earlier this year, the Coalition government released a discussion paper ‘Enhancing Online...

Bigger. Better. Cheaper

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Mikayla Novak

In October every year a group of non-profits and social reformers commemorate ‘Anti-Poverty Week', to raise awareness of poverty in Australia. This year Tim Costello labelled Australia as ‘a land of paradox, and one of the enduring...

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