|The most important class difference in Australia is between those who have the dignity of work and those who don’t, as John Roskam explained on Q&A on Monday:|
|If you missed Q&A on Monday, you can catch the highlights here. And after you watch what John had to say about the dignity of work, you can watch the IPA’s Gideon Rozner explain why the ACTU’s Sally McManus is right to say we should #changetherules – but not in the way that she wants.|
President Trump may have found his most unlikely ally yet: rapper Kanye West. Kanye started the week by endorsing conservative YouTuber Candace Owens to his 27 million Twitter followers and ended it by criticising Barack Obama, showing off photos of his MAGA hat and describing President Trump as having the same ” dragon energy” as him.
On Sunday Hey-favourite and Dilbert creator Scott Adams said Kanye’s 7-word tweet about Owens “ripped a hole in reality“. If you don’t know Owens – also known as Red Pill Black – watch her interview on The Rubin Report last year where she revealed her fascinating journey from the left to the right.
Did you commemorate Earth Day on Sunday? The American Enterprise Institute did it in the best way possible – by going through the 18 most spectacularly wrong predictions made at the time of the first Earth Day in 1970. (Apparently the world should have run out of copper, zinc, lead, gold and silver by now).
British YouTuber Count Dankula – who we told you about last month – was this week ordered by a UK court to pay £800 for uploading a ‘menacing’ video of a dog doing Nazi salutes. Last week a 19 year old British woman was convicted for quoting the offensive lyrics of a dead child’s favourite song in tribute to him.
Maybe British officials and law-makers should take a look at this link – British historian Timothy Garton Ash offered the Hoover Institution a list of 5 books that today’s free speakers must read.
If you are in Melbourne, Brisbane, or Sydney in May make sure you register to hear the IPA’s Dr Bella d’Abrera explain “How Identity Politics is Corrupting our Youth” in a series of lectures for Campion College on 8 May, 15 May, and 17 May respectively.
And don’t forget to register for the Australian Libertarian Society’s 6th Annual Friedman Conference. This year’s fantastic list of speakers includes the Foundation for Economic Education’s Jeffrey A. Tucker, Cato’s Tom G. Palmer, and many more. There are student scholarships available and IPA supporters can use the code “IPA18” to receive a special discount!
Article of the week:
US Senator and former presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s piece in National Review on Monday discusses the existential challenges facing the West and calls for a broad civic awakening in order to conserve the freedom to live a “virtuous and meaningful life supported by family, community, faith, and the dignity of work.”
IPA Staff Pick:
Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Scott Hargreaves
The remarkable Thomas Sowell, at 87, was interviewed by Dave Rubin last week to promote his latest book, Discrimination and Disparities. Asked why he became disillusioned with his youthful Marxism he simply replied: “Facts.” Such as, in 1948 prior to increases in the minimum wage, the unemployment rate among black youth was lower than amongst corresponding white youth. Listen to, or watch, this interview with this empiricist beacon of common sense.
Here’s what else the IPA said this week: