IPA Review – June 2017

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This article first appeared in the IPA Review July 2017 This year marks an important milestone in the ongoing battle for truth and objectivity in the science of climate change—the publication of the IPA’s latest book, Climate Change: The Facts... Read more

At the heart of any change to Australia’s industrial relations system should be the expansion of opportunities to work. In particular, the creation of new opportunities for those that currently have none. And there are fewer groups more... Read more

A new book demonstrates that European integration has always been an elite project, writes Sebastian Reinehr. In his new book Continental Drift, American diplomat Benjamin Grob-Fitzgibbon demonstrates that, from its very first moments, European... Read more

An ambitious history of the Holy Roman Empire holds important lessons for modern Europe, writes Morgan Begg. One of the most pivotal moments in the history of Western Civilisation unfolded on the plains of Lechfeld in 955 AD when Otto, Duke of... Read more

Liberalism is waning everywhere, but that offers the opportunity for renewal, writes Dr Chris Berg. Nothing in the language of the 2017 Commonwealth budget was exceptional by Australian standards. Treasurer Scott Morrison stood in parliament and... Read more

It's been a rocky few months for the once great art of the political protest. We’ve seen the ‘cleverly-marketed-as-so-broad-no-one-could-possibly-disagree’ protests. The March for Science on April 22 is a great example—it took place because... Read more

A new book launches a spirited attack on the identity politics of contemporary art, writes Andrew Bushnell. Corrupted by identity politics, high culture in the West is no longer about the search for truth or beauty, but merely a tool for the... Read more

Once again, the Commonwealth budget enlarged the Commonwealth government. And once again we are predicted to grow our way into surplus, this time in 2020-21. But this year an economic miracle alone won’t be enough, so we have contradictory policy... Read more

Natural justice is under threat in the class war against white collar crime, writes Andrew Bushnell and Darcy Allen. ‘White collar crime’ didn’t exist until 1940. That was the year American sociologist Edwin Sutherland dreamt up the idea... Read more

Expats living through the Russian Revolution deliver fascinating and colourful eyewitness accounts in a new book reviewed by Dr Bella d’Abrera. When American journalist Arno Dosch-Fleurot arrived in Petrograd (formerly St Petersburg) in... Read more

Americans have stopped taking risks. James Bolt discovers what this bizarre trend means for the future. Have Americans stopped taking risks? This is the question pondered by economist Tyler Cowen in his latest book The Complacent Class: The... Read more

A fascinating book on Australia’s 1960s resources boom holds many lessons for today’s policymakers on the importance of encouraging investment, writes Stuart Eaton. In the nineteenth century, gold delivered Australia’s first real mining... Read more

‘Drain the swamp’ was a core message of Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign. This simple message referenced the entrenched special interests feeding from the taxpayer-funded trough in Washington DC. In Canberra, we have our very own swamp,... Read more