Do You Have A Permit For That Water Bottle?

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6 July 2017
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Two convicts in Australia, just six months after the First Fleet landed, taking a ship’s captain to court for their stolen luggage…and winning. Watch our latest short documentary on the history of the rule of law in Australia – ‘The Castle’ in 18th Century Australia:

That’s the second video from our new series The British Heritage of our Freedoms: The Untold Stories from the IPA’s Foundations of Western Civilisation Program. In case you missed it, two weeks ago we released ‘The Magna Carta in Australia‘. 

“If the Coalition is defeated at the next election, there is no legacy from over the past five years on which they can rebuild,” said John Roskam earlier this week. He was asked by The Australian and The Australian Financial Review what he thought about the state of the Liberal Party – you can read a compilation of his comments on IPA Today.

In the US, 15% of men between 25 and 54 aren’t working, and the country isn’t even in a recession. That is the alarming takeaway from Edward Glaeser’s 4,400 word must-read essay ‘The War on Work – and How to End It‘ in the latest edition of City Journal.

One of the problems Glaeser points out is that regulations unfairly target young and poor entrepreneurs. Here’s an incredible example of that. Last month, a group of teenagers in Washington D.C. were handcuffed by police for the crime of selling water bottles without a permit.

Australia isn’t immune from these problems. The Fair Work Act prevents young unskilled people from entering the workforce. Watch the IPA’s video from last week that explains why.

Last month was the 30th anniversary of President Reagan’s ‘Tear Down This Wall‘ speech. The Whiskey Politics podcast last week released this fascinating interview with Reagan’s speechwriter who explains why American and German officials wanted the phrase excluded, but Reagan overruled them. Also, this week In the Now! compiled the best jokes about Russia Reagan told during his time in office.

Almost 96 months ago Prince Charles warned we had 96 months left to save the planet. I think it’s time to start panicking! In other climate news, the Bureau of Meteorology has been caught adjusting temperature records in Goulburn – Jennifer Marohasy and Jo Nova have more on this devastating story.

If you’d like to know about the IPA’s success fighting for freedom you can click here to see a summary of the IPA’s financial accounts for the 2016/17 financial year.

Article of the week:

Dan Hannan in The Washington Examiner on Monday had this important piece on how the elite left’s use of violent rhetoric is hypocritical and has been seen by some as legitimising political violence.

IPA Staff Pick:

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

As we’ve previously mentioned in Hey, in May Evergreen State College biologist Bret Weinstein was aggressively accosted by students for questioning a plan for white academics and students to not attend campus. In this insightful interview with Dave Rubin on The Rubin Report, Weinstein discusses just how bad things have become on American campuses.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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