Books

The Libertarian Alternative
2 May 2016

The Libertarian Alternative

Libertarianism – the philosophy of government that pairs free market economics with social liberalism – presents a vigorous challenge and viable political alternative to the old Left-Right partisan shouting match. Libertarianism offers surprising new solutions to stagnant policy debates over issues such as immigration and civil rights, and provokes a framework for tackling contemporary problems like privacy, the environment and
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Magna Carta – The Tax Revolt That Gave Us Liberty
15 June 2015

Magna Carta – The Tax Revolt That Gave Us Liberty

‘Our liberty, democracy, and human rights are all in some way related to what was inscribed on parchment at Runnymede in June 1215’ The Magna Carta is a founding document of individual liberty, rule of law, and parliamentary democracy.  In this accessible and engaging book, Chris Berg and John Roskam explain what the Magna Carta is, where it came from,
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Liberalism: A Short History by Richard Allsop
10 May 2014

Liberalism: A Short History by Richard Allsop

The Institute of Public Affairs is excited to present Liberalism: A Short History by IPA Research Fellow Richard Allsop. This is the fourth addition to the Foundations of Western Civilisation Program monograph series. Western Civilisation owes the word ‘liberal’ to the Spanish War of Independence (1808-14) where the liberales, who wanted individual rights and an end to feudal privilege, were pitched against the serviles, who supported
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10 March 2014

Climate Change – The Facts 2014

Australia needs an honest debate about the facts of climate change. Governments around the world are preparing to dramatically increase taxes, regulate energy supplies and limit individual choices to deal with climate change. But what do we really know about the science of climate change? Is climate change caused by humans? Is it new? Is there a “scientific consensus”? Is
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20 February 2012

Project Western Australia: A Growth and Productivity Agenda for the Next Government

The need for sound economic reform never ends. But there has never been a more important time than now. In this important volume, John Hyde and Andrew Pickford pull together the most important priorities for the next government of Western Australia. Drawn from a wealth of material, these policy ideas and proposals are inspired by a vision of a free, rich, and globally prominent Western
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The National Curriculum: A Critique
24 January 2011

The National Curriculum: A Critique

The National Curriculum: A Critique is the first in a series of monographs from the Foundations of Western Civilisation Program. The legacy of Western Civilisation is rich, complex, and essential – the foundations on which Australia’s society and political system, and large swathes of our culture and history, have been built. So why are  the basics of Western Civilisation absent
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Climate Change: The Facts 2010
1 January 2010

Climate Change: The Facts 2010

Read Climate Change: The Facts 2010 here Contents Introduction – John Roskam – 1 Climategate Climategate: A failure of governance – Sinclair Davidson – 4 Climategate’s Australian connection – Alan Moran – 14 The science of climate change History of global climate change – Ian Plimer – 21 Is carbon dioxide dangerous? – William Kininmonth – 31 Doomed planet –
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25 February 2009

100 Great Book Of Liberty: The Essential Introduction To The Greatest Idea Of Western Civilisation

100 Great Books of Liberty is a comprehensive and accessible guide to the books which made liberty the most important idea of Western Civilisation. From Plato’s The Republic and The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, to Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, these 100 books have laid the foundation for the modern world. Covering history, biography, philosophy, politics,
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1 January 2008

The Growth Of Australia’s Regulatory State: Ideology, Accountability And The Mega-Regulators

Regulation is a political activity. It sets the framework for the market economy by defining the boundaries between private action and government action. Yet those boundaries are not fixed. Australian governments are growing the body of regulation – and the resources dedicated to regulating – at an ever increasing pace. This growth in regulation has more than just economic consequences.
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Dry: In Defence of Economic Freedom
10 July 2002

Dry: In Defence of Economic Freedom

Download the full book here. Much of the world is still horrible but during the final quarter of the 20th Century life spans greatly increased almost everywhere especially in the once-poor countries of East Asia. The economic order that achieved these momentous gains is now threatened by ‘anti-globalisation’. We began the new millennium with blessings close to home. Australians were
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