ABC Bias An #honestmistake

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27 September 2018
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The need for ABC reform goes much deeper than replacing the managing director and/or the chairman – it needs privatisation. The latest Parliamentary Research Brief published by the IPA debunks the 5 myths about state ownership of the ABC – ever hear the one about how the ABC is “independent” and “impartial”?

In a shock to no-one this week, ABC’s Tonightly host Tom Ballard endorsed the Victorian Socialists in the November Victorian election. I wonder how many ABC journalists are endorsing the Australian Conservatives?

What should President Trump do next to unleash prosperity? The champion of red tape reduction in British Columbia and now Mercatus Center fellow Laura Jones explained what phase two of Trump’s regulatory reforms should be at The Hill. To see how cutting red tape transformed British Columbia, watch Gideon Rozner’s  video.

Also from the Mercatus Center this week was this important research published in Public Choice magazine that finds a “robust, positive and statistically significant relationship” between the amount of federal regulation and higher poverty rates across the United States.

If you follow the BBC on Twitter you might have read that Trump declared “war” on Iran in a speech at the United Nations on Tuesday. They later tweeted that not bothering to double check what Trump actually said was an “#honestmistake“. Is it any wonder President Trump complains about fake news? If you want actual coverage, the Heritage Foundation listed the  top 7 takeaways from Trump’s UN speech on Tuesday.

The UK’s Institute of Economic Affairs this week published ‘Plan A+‘, a comprehensive, alternative framework for UK trade policy post-Brexit championed by leading pro-Brexit Tories Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg. James Delingpole called the plan a “game changer” that could save Britain from euro-socialism.

I guess the IPA controls the Greens too? This week a NSW Greens candidate was under fire for working at the IPA 10 years ago. It only makes sense – after all, free markets are the best way to protect the environment.

The IPA this week released the latest episode of The Great Books of Literature Podcast with John Roskam and Andrew Bolt. Episode 4 looks at Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis – you can download it on iTunes,  Podbean or the IPA website.

This week’s long read is this fascinating 3,500 word interview with author Tim Mohr by journalist Will Hermes about punk rock behind the Iron Curtain and its role in bringing down the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Have you taken the quiz to discover if you are a liberal cosmopolitan “Inner”, as described in Matthew Lesh’s new book Democracy in a Divided Australia? (unsurprisingly I’m a traditionalist “Outer”!). You can buy the book, published by Connor Court,  here. The  Melbourne launch with Senator James Paterson is on 5 October.

Featuring Matthew Lesh, IPA, and Andrew Bushnell, IPA

“The problem isn’t necessarily with expert-driven policymaking per se, but it’s the idea that of you have all your experts come from a similar ‘inner’ perspective on what is appropriate and inappropriate behaviour, what are good and bad values, you are going to have a bias at elite levels of policymaking towards control of people’s lives.”

– Matthew Lesh

Article of the week:

Sohrab Ahmari in the New York Post last week argued that the reason US Supreme Court appointments are so bitterly contested is because all the major cultural victories claimed by the progressive-left in the past 50 years are democratically illegitimate. As Ahmari explains, “modern liberalism has lived by the Court. And liberals fear their cause will die by the Court.

IPA Staff Pick:

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Matthew Lesh

Spiked editor and former IPA guest Brendan O’Neill has a new podcast, The Brendan O’Neill Show. For the first episode Brendan interviews author Lionel Shriver. They talk about identity politics with a focus on the cancerous impact it is having in literature. In particular, Shriver rejected the idea that you can only write from your own identity and not empathise with others, the entire point of literature.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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