IPA Review- September 2015

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It’s often said that those who fail to learn from their history are doomed to repeat it. There is perhaps a greater potential for repeating mistakes if the record of history is inaccurate. And while the first draft of history may very well be... Read more

 For decades, left-wing historians have persistently maintained that the Great War was a series of mistakes and was ultimately meaningless. Author Mervyn F. Bendle’s latest book explores the origins of such thinking, writes Aline Le Guen... Read more

So public health advocate Simon Chapman reckons that charities that feed starving people in developing countries shouldn’t accept donations from tobacco companies. Lol. In a recent piece in The Conversation (unbelievable, I know) Chapman... Read more

When governments lavishly print money, citizens are helplessly left watching their savings erode. This is the cost of centralised government monopoly over currency. But cryptocurrencies, such as the burgeoning bitcoin, have set out to solve this... Read more

Victoria was once ‘the jewel in the crown’ of the Liberal Party. As well as providing six of the first seven Federal leaders of the party, the Victorian Liberal Party held power in its own right at state level for 27 years, from 1955 to... Read more

Winston Churchill, so Boris Johnson claims in his latest book, is ‘the resounding human rebuttal to all Marxist historians who think history is the story of vast and impersonal economic forces … one man can make all the difference.’ The... Read more

Revolution is Brand’s 350- page rallying cry for the overthrow of civilisation. Brand’s dissatisfaction with the way things are came to light in the now-famous Newsnight interview he had with esteemed British journalist Jeremy Paxman. There,... Read more

Why the Magna Carta? The question of what is special about the Magna Carta goes to the heart of any discussion about the enduring significance of what happened at Runnymede in June 1215. The Magna Carta was not unique in European history. In the... Read more

Australia’s mining industry could lift millions out of poverty, writes Brett Hogan. Coal is the world’s cheapest and most reliable source of electricity. It powered the Industrial Revolution and, together with other fossil fuels, has created... Read more

Should we draw lines around free speech and the truth? asks Eli Bernstein The recent shooting at the ‘Draw Mohammad’ event in Texas, like the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris a few months back, raises important questions about where the limits... Read more

Political entrepreneurs are finding ways to break the strong relationship between regulators and the industries controlling them, writes Darcy Allen, and in doing so are paving the way to a freer market   The sharing economy is a suite of... Read more

Australia’s National Curriculum is a political exercise, write Hannah Pandel and Stephanie Forrest In his book People Puzzle, sociologist Morris Massey outlined a values development spectrum in which a person’s core beliefs and values are... Read more