Hail Ants

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21 March 2019
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Dr Peter Ridd’s court case has enormous implications for the international debate about climate change and for the ongoing crisis surrounding freedom of speech. IPA Director of Policy Gideon Rozner interviewed Peter in Townsville last week about his ordeal:

Click here to sign up for regular posts about Peter’s court case. You can also read Peter’s excellent chapter on the Great Barrier Reef in the IPA’s book Climate Change: The Facts 2017 .

We cannot meet one attack on our freedoms with another attack on our freedoms. Scott Morrison’s call for more government regulation of social media is not the right response to the terror in Christchurch. As Gideon Rozner said on Tuesday, “ inevitably, this will see government censorship of content that is distasteful, but not dangerous.”

Last Friday saw thousands of students across Australia skip class to go and demand ‘action’ on climate change. One student that did not attend the protests was Year 12 Student and Generation Liberty member Joanne Tran. Watch her appearance on Sky News Outsiders where she explains why she didn’t go.

Dr Bella d’Abrera was our reporter on the ground at the Melbourne protest and made a video explaining how our educators are letting down their students:

The IPA is proud to announce the upcoming tour of Mark Bauerlein, Professor of English at Emory University, to Australia next month on ‘Why the words of Western Civilisation must endure’. You can now book tickets for his events in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney here.

Listen to Mark on The Young IPA Podcast last May discuss the damage identity politics is doing to English courses in the United States, where students are now missing out on the wonders of the Western literary canon.

University of Sydney researchers are pushing to extend legal rights to animals and plants to secure “multi-species justice.” And for when ants become an unstoppable voting bloc, I’d like to remind them that as a trusted broadcaster I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.

A pizza restaurant in Virginia was told by the local government to remove a mural on their building of a man making a pizza because “no mural painted on the outside of a business may depict the products sold inside” reported Reason on Monday. Just wait until the government learns that some businesses also display their names on their building.

Article of the week:

This morning it was revealed that Cambridge University and its Faculty of Divinity had rescinded their offer of a visiting fellowship to Dr Jordan Peterson because Cambridge wanted to maintain its “inclusive environment” – you can read the story in today’s Guardian here.

You have to read Dr Peterson’s response at his blog from this morning, where he says “I think that it is no bloody wonder that the faith is declining (and with it, the values of the West, as it fragments) with cowards and mountebanks of the sort who manifested themselves today at the helm.”

IPA Staff Pick:

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Gideon Rozner

This week has seen a barrage of calls for greater regulation of social media platforms. Over in the United States, the debate over ‘big tech’ has been brewing for some time, with both Republicans and Democrats floating ideas such as regulating social media platforms like public utilities. In a thoughtful and informative hour-long discussion, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman, Katherine Mangu-Ward and Matt Welch explain why we should be wary of these ideas.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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