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A tribute to James Buchanan

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Mikayla Novak

Last month one of the iconic figures of twentieth century classical liberalism, James McGill Buchanan, passed away aged 93. Buchanan has been rightly credited for his leading role in forging the ‘public choice' approach to political...

Victories for free speech

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | James Paterson

Canada's successful effort to repeal laws that curtail freedom of speech demonstrates that restoring free speech is possible, but far from guaranteed. It's taken their Conservative government six years to take action on an unpopular law which...

STRANGE TIMES: The government's guide to Australia Day

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Peter Gregory

I'm not going to lie (a first for Strange Times?). But Australia Day troubles me. There's something slightly creepy about how our government gives a taxpayer funded pat on the head to the very best number one citizen for the year. And it annoys me...

The war on democracy

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Chris Berg

In 1953 a bitter Bertolt Brecht wrote, 'Would it not be easier / In that case for the government / To dissolve the people / And elect another?' With these lines, Brecht brilliantly captured the dripping contempt that some purportedly 'democratic'...

A 'nudge' in the wrong direction

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Nick Evans

Like many sinister concepts, the idea of governments ‘nudging' people may seem on first glance somewhat innocuous. Rather than relying on coercion such as using bans, fines and regulation to achieve social change, nudge employs a supposedly...

The economics of food

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | James Bolt

Have you ever not ordered something at a restaurant because it had strange ingredients, and ordered the roast chicken instead? Ever tried a restaurant because the social vibe of the place made you think it would be a great night out? They're safe...

The big government merry-go-round

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Tim Andrews

Unintentional self-parody has long being a forte of governments around the world. Yet a movement in recent years to create multi-layered government and quasi-governmental agencies, each existing simply to lobby each other to in turn lobby other...

The life and times of the modest member

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Richard Allsop

The publication of this new biography of legendary anti-tariff campaigner, Bert Kelly, is particularly timely. For it was fifty years ago, in late 1962, that the Australian policy of ‘protection all round', sometimes dubbed McEwenism,...

The ghost written article the government wanted us to publish

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | James Paterson

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy says this article, secretly written by his department and offered to the IPA Review, is ‘a huge improvement on the rubbish they normally print'. We thought we'd print this...

Why the press gallery failed us, and why they will again

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | John Roskam and James Paterson

One of the most revealing stories in modern Australian politics comes from James Button-a speechwriter for Kevin Rudd for a short time in 2009. Button's recent and fascinating book, Speechless: A year in my father's business, details the now...

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