Don’t Not Commit A Crime In South Yorkshire

Don’t Not Commit A Crime In South Yorkshire

Which countries got people back into work quicker after the Global Financial Crisis? Countries with lower minimum wages:

That’s from upcoming research from the IPA’s Gideon Rozner. Australia has the second highest minimum wage in the OECD, and we have 700,000 people looking for a job. Abolishing the minimum wage was one of our ‘Five Ideas to Fix Australia‘ in the IPA Review in May.

We’re excited to launch the latest episode of The Great Books of Literature Podcast with John Roskam and Andrew Bolt. This episode looks at Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – download on iTunesPodbean or the IPA website. Also make sure you download the latest edition of The Young IPA Podcast to hear our interview with Bjorn Lomborg about how misguided efforts to fight climate change hurt the world’s poor.

It’s bad enough when British police start chasing down thoughtcrime, but what about thoughtnon-crime? On Monday the South Yorkshire Police’s official twitter account called on followers to “please report non-crime hate incidents.” If you can stomach it, listen to the South Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner defend the tweet on UK radio station talkRADIO on Tuesday.

Google is more than happy to take a stand for the truth against someone like Alex Jones, but what about when it’s against someone who might fight back? This week Google removed ads paid for by Russian dissident Alexei Navalny in the lead-up to an important election at the request of the Russian government.

It’s no wonder libertarian billionaire Peter Thiel moved out of Silicon Valley. Watch his two hour interview on The Rubin Report from Wednesday about the dominance of left wing politics in Silicon Valley and what he thinks about Trump.

The IPA’s Matthew Lesh is about to release his first book Democracy in a Divided Australia, an analysis of the growing tribalism of Australian politics and the capture of policymaking by a new elite, and how we can get it back. You can pre-order a copy here. Come along to the launch in Brisbane on 27 September  with Senator Amanda Stoker hosted by our friends at Connor Court Publishing.

Our friends at the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance are hosting The Second Ray Evans Memorial Oration on October 12 in Melbourne, with the oration to be delivered by Andrew Bolt. You can register here.


Featuring Bjorn Lomborg, Copenhagen Consensus Center and Dr Bella d’Abrera, IPA

“This is something we’ve suspected for a long time. You end up spending a lot of money to fix a little global warming…but what if the costs are actually greater than the benefits? We know from a number of different places that that’s true, but it’s very clearly true in a specific sense when you’re talking about poor people.”

– Bjorn Lomborg, Copenhagen Consensus Center


Article of the week:

After Steve Bannon was disinvited from the New Yorker Writers Festival last week because other speakers didn’t want to share a platform with someone who “normalises hate”, Dan Hannan in The Washington Examiner on Monday said “we seem to be turning our backs with astonishing rapidity on the central idea of the Enlightenment, namely that we don’t know everything there is to know.”


IPA Staff Pick:

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

What happens when your academic paper conflicts with proponents of dogmatic identity politics? Theodore P. Hill, an American mathematics professor, has written a fascinating account for Quillette about how his paper on the logic of ‘Greater Male Variability Hypothesis’ was twice censored by journals after other academics viciously threatened publishers.


Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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