Freedom enriches lives – literally. As this graph from Human Progress shows, the average income in the most free quartile of nations is 7.1 times higher than the average income in the least free quartile:
Isn’t it amazing what cutting red tape and lowering taxes can do? The US unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been since 1969. That is why cutting red tape, lowering taxes and exiting Paris were key items on our 20 Policies To Fix Australia. Now if only President Trump would get rid of the tariffs!
The election winner may be up in the air, but it’s clear a loser will be freedom of speech. Last week The Australian revealed Labor would “beef up” 18C by increasing funding for the Australian Human Rights Commission. As Gideon Rozner wrote in our media release on the day “18C does not need to be boosted; it needs to be repealed ” and the AHRC “needs to be abolished.”
Not to be left out, last week the Liberals announced they will be enforcing “transparency” on social media platforms. The Greens trumped both of them by announcing they’ll “protect the community” specifically from the ever-increasing threat of Sky News presenters.
On Tuesday The Spectator UK hosted an event with Douglas Murray and Sir Roger Scruton discussing what it means to be a conservative today. The transcript and audio of this fantastic 85 minute conversation is available here.
Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand has come up with a plan to solve politics forever: Give every voter $600…that they can only use to donate to politicians. As I said on The Young IPA Podcast this week, if you thought the 2020 field was crowded, wait until the 2024 Presidential Election is contested by every single American voter.
Bad look for the RBA as 46 million new $50 notes were printed with multiple misspellings of “responsibility.” But seriously, are we surprised that bureaucrats don’t know how to spell responsibility?
Our friends at the Samuel Griffith Society are holding their annual conference in Melbourne on 9-11 August. For your chance to hear Dr Peter Ridd discuss his fight for freedom of speech in climate change, and many other speakers, make sure you save the date and register your place here.
Article of the week:
Why does the government need to regulate speech when private companies are just as happy to do it themselves? Last week Facebook banned Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos and other “dangerous individuals” from all of their platforms, including Instagram. Nick Gillespie on Reason wrote on Sunday that “ an era is passing away, not because of the foulness of online trolls but because of the institutional response they’ve inspired.”
IPA Staff Pick:
Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Andrew Bushnell
One of Australia’s most acclaimed poets, and the former literary editor of the conservative journal Quadrant, Les Murray passed away last week. In this obituary from The American Conservative, Michael Warren Davis pays tribute to a poet whose muse was always the everyday lives of his countrymen.
Here’s what else the IPA said this week:
- John Roskam, Six seats are wagging the Coalition dog – The Australian Financial Review
- Dr Bella d’Abrera, Labor’s push for a National Gender Centre is informed by radical academic philosophies and not facts – The Daily Telegraph
- John Roskam, What I think of Labor’s climate policy – Sky News The Bolt Report
- John Lloyd, We must keep law-breaking CFMEU on a short leash – The Australian
- Evan Mulholland, Labor’s childcare splash: For our kids – or their union mates? – The Spectator Australia
- Dr Jennifer Marohasy, Some coral just isn’t sexy enough for James Cook Uni and the climate inquisition – The Spectator Australia