Chris Berg

Adjunct Fellow

Chris Berg was a fellow and policy director with the Institute of Public Affairs between 2004 and 2017. He was an adjunct fellow with the Institute of Public Affairs between 2017 and 2020.
Visit his website at chrisberg.org

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?
17 August 2012

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

This article from the August 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Director of Policy at the IPA, Chris Berg. Few recent social science books have arrived with as much acclaim as Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion. The book has been repeatedly reviewed and referenced in opinion pieces around the
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The Soviet Origins of Hate-Speech Laws
12 August 2012

The Soviet Origins of Hate-Speech Laws

This article from the August 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Director of Policy at the IPA, Chris Berg. Should Nazis have the right to free speech? Adolf Hitler’s Germany, obviously, had no liberty of expression. Must freedom of speech allow for the toleration of an intolerant minority? The question has been answered in different ways in various
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Be Like Gough: 75 Radical Ideas To Transform Australia
5 August 2012

Be Like Gough: 75 Radical Ideas To Transform Australia

If Tony Abbott wants to leave a lasting impact – and secure his place in history – he needs to take his inspiration from Australia’s most left-wing prime minister. No prime minister changed Australia more than Gough Whitlam. The key is that he did it in less than three years. In a flurry of frantic activity, Whitlam established universal healthcare,
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Left Wing Panics
20 April 2012

Left Wing Panics

This article from the April 2012 edition of the IPA Review is by Research Fellow at the IPA, Chris Berg. David Marr’s new book, Panic, has a thesis that I am predisposed to like. He argues that Australia’s political culture is dangerously susceptible to outbreaks of hysterical fear. Yet he is more correct than even he is willing to acknowledge. Marr
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25 February 2009

100 Great Book Of Liberty: The Essential Introduction To The Greatest Idea Of Western Civilisation

100 Great Books of Liberty is a comprehensive and accessible guide to the books which made liberty the most important idea of Western Civilisation. From Plato’s The Republic and The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, to Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, these 100 books have laid the foundation for the modern world. Covering history, biography, philosophy, politics,
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1 January 2008

The Growth Of Australia’s Regulatory State: Ideology, Accountability And The Mega-Regulators

Regulation is a political activity. It sets the framework for the market economy by defining the boundaries between private action and government action. Yet those boundaries are not fixed. Australian governments are growing the body of regulation – and the resources dedicated to regulating – at an ever increasing pace. This growth in regulation has more than just economic consequences.
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31 October 2006

Australia’s 13 Biggest Mistakes

Far from the wars of Old Europe, relatively immune to the totalitarianisms of the twentieth century, and endowed with ample land and resources to fit a country many times our population, Australia has had a lot going for it. However, this also means that we can be squarely blamed for some of the disastrous policies enacted by governments either propelled
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