IPA Review- December 2015

IPA Review- December 2015
Editorial - Aline LeGuen

Big or Bigger Government?

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Cicero Orator and Statesman
Stephanie Forrest

Cicero Orator and Statesman

Robert Harris’ fictional trilogy provides an incisive portrait of one of history’s literary giants—Marcus Tullius Cicero—and the turbulent times in which he lived, writes Stephanie Forrest. In a note at the beginning of his latest novel, Dictator, Robert Harris describes the last decades of the Roman Republic as ‘arguably—at least until the convulsions of 1933-45—the most tumultuous era in human
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Economics: An Art or a Science?
Sinclair Davidson

Economics: An Art or a Science?

Many of Dani Rodrik’s arguments are standard defences of the economics discipline. What is new is the suggestion that economics can remain a science even if it does not follow the scientific method, explains Sinclair Davidson. Economists get no respect. When our predictions aren’t wrong, our assumptions are fallacious, our views of humanity bleak, or we’re trying to impose our
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False Choices
Oliver Waters

False Choices

In her new book, Naomi Klein sets up a false choice between the capitalism existing today, and a radically non-capitalist alternative, writes Oliver Waters. Naomi Klein’s influential new book argues that climate change will inevitably lead to disaster unless we radically change our economic systems away from capitalism. It thus lays out a stark challenge to defenders of classical liberal
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The Battle Against The Outrage Circus
James Bolt

The Battle Against The Outrage Circus

The censorious campaign by the far left to stifl e debate in the guise of promoting ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ has long passed being a joke and is now becoming a serious threat to free speech, writes James Bolt. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke is a popular song, despite being terrible. So popular is the song that it reached Number 1
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Two Futures
Arthur Chrenkoff

Two Futures

This book arguably tells us more about the present than the future, and even more about today’s Labor Party, writes Arthur Chrenkoff . What do political young guns do these days to make themselves stand out from the crowd of their backbench peers, and demonstrate to the public (and to their party) that they should be taken seriously as future
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Idealism Meets Reality
Simon Breheny

Idealism Meets Reality

There are political lessons in Peter Garrett’s career, writes Simon Breheny. Talking about your earnest belief in principle is not enough to achieve change. Like many of my generation, I grew up listening to Midnight Oil. Australian rock dominated the airwaves—Icehouse, Mondo Rock, GANGgajang, Australian Crawl and Midnight Oil were all I seemed to hear on the radio. When I
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Hasluck Too Serious For Politics
Richard Allsop

Hasluck Too Serious For Politics

Very few individuals with the intellectual depth of Paul Hasluck have reached the highest levels of Australian politics, writes Dr Richard Allsop. There are two major ‘what ifs’ in Australian political history which relate to Paul Hasluck. What if Hasluck, rather than John Gorton, had emerged the victor from the January 1968 Liberal leadership ballot to replace the recently drowned
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School Choice Is The Best Choice
Hannah Pandel

School Choice Is The Best Choice

Parents deserve the right to choose which school best meets the needs of their children, writes Hannah Pandel. The war over school choice has been reignited and once again, opponents of market-based education reforms entirely miss the point. A national study released in April this year analysed the cognitive outcomes of 4,000 Australian primary-school children at government and non-government schools.
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Poverty’s Berlin Wall Moment
Peter Gregory

Poverty’s Berlin Wall Moment

2015 was a Berlin Wall moment in the f ght against global poverty. To continue to view government funded foreign aid as the spearhead of the fight against poverty would be immoral, according to Peter Gregory. If you’re a follower of the IPA on social media, you will have noticed we recently circulated this quote from U2 rocker and anti-poverty
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Breaking The Myth of ‘Good’ Big Government
Mikayla Novak

Breaking The Myth of ‘Good’ Big Government

Many progressives and social democrats have clung to the idea that the Scandinavian countries like Sweden off er the world a vision that other countries should replicate, writes Dr Mikayla Novak. It’s time to wake up to reality. The ideological inclinations and passions of the Australian political left have changed substantially since the collapse of the Soviet empire, as progressives
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