Young People Are Appropriating Free Market Culture

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25 May 2017
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Here is some good news – Young people know the importance of cutting taxes:


That’s from this article from the IPA’s Matthew Lesh in the latest edition of the IPA Review. And you can read our survey of young Australians, Growing Freedom, for more. No doubt they’d agree with the IPA’s Daniel Wild latest Parliamentary Research Brief, ‘Five reasons why the government should abandon the bank tax‘.

Mark Steyn says that asking people to ‘carry on‘ in the wake of the Manchester bombing just doesn’t cut it anymore. Brendan O’Neill in Spiked agrees, saying the right response to terror is not love – it is anger. Or maybe The New York Daily News is right and the answer is to criticise Trump for calling terrorists “losers”.

A food truck in Oregon was forced to close as its owners were accused in an online campaign of being “white folks profiting off the labour of people of colour” for cooking burritos. The pressure group won’t stop there, and now are targeting any restaurant owned by white people that makes foods of different ethnicities.

Canadian author Hal Niedzviecki penned an essay this month defending cultural appropriation in works of literature – you can probably guess the reaction. Last year I rewrote famous works of literature to remove cultural appropriation for the IPA Review.

On Sunday it was revealed that the WHO spends $200 million a year on travel – more than it does fighting AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. Marian Tupy writes in Reason that the story shows just why Trump’s looming cuts to foreign aid can’t come soon enough. The IPA’s Peter Gregory wrote in 2015 how foreign aid spending and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals don’t solve poverty.

If you like your child taking pride in their achievements, look away. A junior footy team this week was told they can’t sing the team song on the ground after winning in case it offends the opposition. John Roskam wrote in 2014 how he was banned from telling the players of the under-8 cricket game he was umpiring what the score was.

Our friends at the HR Nicholls society are looking for a new Executive Director. This is a great opportunity for anyone passionate about industrial relations reform in Australia. You can apply at this link.

Article of the week:

UK Labour’s policy manifesto includes promises such as £6 billion more for the NHS, £8 billion more for social care and £8.5 billion more for schools, so why isn’t Jeremy Corbyn way ahead in the polls? Because voters aren’t idiots and know we have to live within our means, writes Dan Hannan in this excellent article for the International Business Times on Monday.

IPA Staff Pick:

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Morgan Begg

As Kyle Smith wrote at the National Review on Tuesday, nobody did it better than Sir Roger Moore. His portrayal of James Bond was not only the most enjoyable, but as Smith argues, Moore’s Bond – much like Great Britain at that time – had to be clever because it could no longer be overwhelming. And for more you can read my piece in the IPA Review from April 2016 on the politics of James Bond.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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