No state in the world ever got poorer as a result of becoming more independent and more democratic” was one of the many important things Dan Hannan said in his 15 minute interview with The Young IPA Podcast last week:
To download the rest of the podcast go to iTunes, Podbean or the IPA website. Of course, Dan’s right. This year Britain achieved its lowest unemployment rate since 1975 despite government predictions that a Brexit vote would see an extra half a million people unemployed.
The “no-growth” movement is horrendously immoral. It is an expanding coalition of EU politicians, academics, and activists that advocate for economic growth to be stopped claiming it causes irreversible environmental damage and exacerbates inequality. The magnificent Bjorn Lomborg wrote on Project Syndicate last month that growth is good for the environment, reduces inequality and is absolutely crucial for lifting the world’s poorest people out of poverty.
If the “no-growth” movement really cared about the environment, they’d support nuclear power as Dr Ben Heard wrote in the October IPA Review. As reported in Forbes in September, had California and Germany invested the $680 billion they spent on renewables in new nuclear, they’d already be generating 100% (or more) of theirelectricity from low-emissions sources.
The latest edition of the IPA’s Great Books of Literature Podcast with John Roskam and Andrew Bolt is out now oniTunes, Podbean and the IPA website! This week John and Andrew discuss The Way We Live Now – Anthony Trollope’s searing criticism of the corruption at the pinnacle of British society, published in 1875, but could just as easily have been written today.
Once you’ve listened to Great Books, watch this wonderful 47 min video of Jordan Peterson reading his foreword to 50th anniversary edition of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago. As Peterson says, the book “changed the world”.
The US midterm results were more a “Purple Puddle” than a “Blue Wave” according to USA Today. But one group who definitely did lose were celebrities – the endorsed candidates of Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Oprah, P. Diddy and Beyonce all went down. It’s shocking to me that ordinary Americans don’t take political direction from patronising Hollywood millionaires!
If you haven’t read Hey for a while, I won’t say “long time, no see” – Colorado State University lists it as a phrase that is “derogatory towards those of Asian descent“. And Waitrose Food editor William Sitwell got sacked last week for making a joke about vegans in private – which is surprising given vegans are renowned for not taking themselves too seriously.
If you’re planning on attending the IPA’s 75th Anniversary Gala Dinner in Melbourne on 29 November, don’t delay! The Gala will feature Janet Albrechtsen, Andrew Bolt, and Brendan O’Neill – get your tickets here.
Featuring Daniel Hannan, MEP and Renee Gorman, IPA
Article of the week:
This excellent summation of the US midterm elections from the National Review editors yesterday calls them a split decision and argues that the Democrats paid for their campaign against Brett Kavanaugh.
IPA Staff Pick:
Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: John Roskam
Want to know about how “fair” and “just” progressive tax systems are? Sit back, crack one open, and let American financial planners Johnston Grocke explain it in beer in this funny and informative 4 minute video:
Here’s what else the IPA said this week: