IPA Review-February 2015

IPA Review-February 2015
Editorial - Aline LeGuen

On the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Featured Articles


The True ‘Common Core’ of English Literature
Carla Schodde

The True ‘Common Core’ of English Literature

Dr Terrence Moore’s book, The Story-Killers: A common-sense case against the Common Core, reveals how the teaching of the Western literary canon is being eroded in the United States by progressive educationalists. The Common Core— a government funded school curriculum—is currently operational in 46 American states. Moore is deeply concerned that the truly great stories of Western Civilisation—Homer, Shakespeare, and
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Better to Ask For Forgiveness, Not Permission
Dom Talimanidis

Better to Ask For Forgiveness, Not Permission

The abundance of information available to us today would have been unimaginable to people living only twenty years ago. Previous generations found themselves bound to a restricted group of information channels and distribution networks, which were often slow and with limited scope. With the emergence of the internet everything changed. Suddenly, the flow of information and the methods of exchange
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The Father of History
Stephanie Forrest

The Father of History

‘Herodotus’, Tom Holland writes, ‘is the most entertaining of historians. Indeed, he is as entertaining as anyone who has ever written—historian or not.’ A bold claim though this may be, it cannot be denied that Herodotus’ work has influenced myriad writers that have come since. His legacy has been both profound and long-lived, and continues to be felt today. As
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Pirates and Bandits and Anarchy
Darcy Allen

Pirates and Bandits and Anarchy

Are there any circumstances where ‘good’ anarchy can outperform ‘poor’ government? Peter Leeson’s new book Anarchy Unbound: Why Self-Governance Works Better Than You Think is the latest political analysis of anarchy— that is, where self-governance and private institutions are producers of order. Leeson uses empirical case studies—from orderly pirates to curse-casting monks—to explore how civil-society self-governance may be more efficient
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Shaking Up the Education System
Vicki Stanley

Shaking Up the Education System

Australians are overwhelmingly supportive of the idea that all children should have access to quality education regardless of family income. Australians are committed to the ideals of publicly funded education and accept that it contributes to the wellbeing of our society. Publicly funded education is not, however, the same as government controlled education. But the increasing levels of government control
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Paying Your Way
Sinclair Davidson

Paying Your Way

In the May 2014 budget, the Abbott government proposed a ‘radical’ reform package of the Australian university system. If it were implemented, domestic students would have to pay a greater share of the costs of their own education. Judging from the outraged responses, you might be forgiven for thinking that this represented the end of public higher education as we
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Whither Feminism
Elle Hardy

Whither Feminism

Julie Bishop recently stated that she did not consider herself a feminist as she didn’t find the term meaningful today. Bishop was roundly criticised by feminists who found it disappointing that Bishop didn’t understand how important feminism is. After all, ‘feminism is about equality,’ argues Greens Senator Larissa Waters, who made the statement without specifying whether she meant equality of
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More Energy Please
Robert Bryce

More Energy Please

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, members of the IPA. My remarks will centre around five main points: scale; electricity, wealth and freedom; coal; the big fib; and how iteration means innovation. SCALE Since 1985, Thailand has increased its CO2 emissions by 600 per cent, Vietnam has increased its electricity generation by 2,500 per cent, and Indonesia had the biggest percentage
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The End of the Evil Empire- the Age of the American Atlas
Tom Switzer

The End of the Evil Empire- the Age of the American Atlas

With the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War a quarter of a century ago, several US pundits and intellectuals proclaimed the triumph of America’s mission to redeem the world. The demise of Soviet Communism and the ‘evil empire’, as Ronald Reagan put it, represented ‘the end of History’ (Francis Fukuyama) and the ‘unipolar moment’
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The Battle of Ideas
Chris Berg

The Battle of Ideas

In 1948 a correspondent self-described as ‘a common worker’, wrote to the IPA Review: For God’s sake do not waste any more good ink and paper writing about Incentives, Profit-sharing, Amenities, Co-operation, Price Control, Inflation and Deflation… This common worker implored the IPA’s Editorial Committee. …These subjects are only baits and scares for ignorant workers. Jargon such as this does
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