IPA Review Articles

Book Review: The White Man’s Burden
10 January 2008

Book Review: The White Man’s Burden

George Ayittey’s book, Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Africa’s Future, was published in 2004 by Palgrave Macmillan. When you are the new kid on the block, the swiftest and surest way of making a name for yourself is to pick a fight with whoever is the current king of the heap. If the competition is to see who knows the
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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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10 October 2006

Book Review: The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America and Politics Without God

Jason Briant reviews The Cube and the Cathedral: Europe, America and Politics Without God by George Weigal (Basic Books, 2005, 202 pages) Anyone who takes an interest in foreign policy will know that the relationship between the United States and continental Europe has been becoming increasingly rocky over recent years. Growing disagreement over foreign policy across the Atlantic has been at
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Book Review: Loving the corporation, 50 years on
10 July 2006

Book Review: Loving the corporation, 50 years on

‘Peter Drucker is probably the bestknown writer in the world on the philosophical and practical aspects of industrial management.’ So wrote the editor of the IPA Review in 1956 when introducing a piece written by Drucker for the IPA on ‘The Management Horizon’. Over succeeding decades, Drucker’s reputation grew to the point where he was dubbed the ‘father of modern
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The Role of Dry Philosophy
10 September 2000

The Role of Dry Philosophy

The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood .… Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually slaves to some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some
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Menzies and the Middle Class
1 October 1992

Menzies and the Middle Class

It is the fashion among today’s ‘clever’ people to pour scorn on those who influenced or controlled Australia’s destinies in the past. These earlier leaders were apparently misguided nincompoops who must be held largely responsible for the deplorable situation in which Australia now finds itself. Although a rather too critical book, Judith Brett’s Robert Menzies’ Forgotten People avoids this absurdity.
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Then and Now: A Reflection by Sir Keith Hancock
1 July 1968

Then and Now: A Reflection by Sir Keith Hancock

This article by Sir Keith Hancock ran in the IPA Review in July 1968. Australia is included the IPA’s Australian Canon of classic works which you can view here, and/or read the appreciation by Dr Richard Allsop, here.   Sir Keith Hancock, an historian and scholar of world renown, ranks among the best minds this country has produced. His book,
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