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An Australian ruling class?

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | John Roskam

In 1964 Donald Horne's The Lucky Country was published. Horne had one basic argument-‘Australia is a lucky country, run mainly by second-rate people who share its luck.' By the mid-1960s an emerging class of tertiary-educated professionals...

When Everything Was Going Wrong: Britain in the Seventies

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Richard Allsop

Almost everything in 1970s Britain seemed to be failing. Its industrial economy was in steep decline, crippled by strikes and excessive wage demands. Inflation peaked at over 30 per cent and unemployment reached its highest level since the War....

Time to dump costly parental leave scheme

IPA REVIEW ARTICLE | Alex Hawke

In 1975, Malcolm Fraser's Liberal government had the largest parliamentary majority in Australian history. The story is now well known: Gough Whitlam oversaw a massive expansion of the public sector, increasing government spending by more than 40...

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...

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