Elizabeth Warren said last week she would declare climate change a “national emergency”. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal could cost $90 trillion to implement, reported Reason on Monday. Someone should tell both politicians voters are tuning out:
That’s the finding from a Pew Poll from earlier this month. Australian politicians should read this too, considering the Paris commitments that we’re going to meet “in a canter” are going to cost us up to $70 billion according to new estimates.
And at this point I’d like to remind everyone – the four biggest emitters aren’t constrained by the Paris Agreement.
Ita Buttrose has been named ABC Chair, and we have an idea for what her first act as Chair should be. But if you were expecting any big reforms from Ita, I have bad news for you: She does not think the ABC has a bias problem.
Are The Oscars finished as a cultural moment? Kyle Smith in the National Review on Monday dubbed it the #whocares Oscars as “the stardust that once defined the evening is almost completely gone.” Still, for those who crave Oscars content the Los Angeles Times called Green Book the “worst best picture winner since Crash,” which is an outrageous level of disrespect shown towards The Shape of Water.
If you’re a student at O-Week (sorry, ‘Welcome Week’) keep an eye out for our Generation Liberty tables with IPA Campus Coordinators around your university. There are membership forms and lots of great IPA merch to buy. Head on over to our Instagram page to see our coordinators in action!
And don’t forget the contest to win the shirt and stubby holder signed by Dave Rubin is still going. Sign up as an IPA member here by 15 March and tell us in 20 words or less why you’re Rubin’s biggest fan to win. If you missed Rubin’s 50 minute interview on The Young IPA Podcast last week, you can watch on YouTube or listen on the IPA website or any podcast app.
For our WA readers, the IPA’s Renee and Zach Gorman will be joining an exciting lineup of speakers at this year’s LibertyFest in Perth from 8-9 March. Register here.
Article of the week:
Theresa May says the due date for Brexit could be extended. Jeremy Corbyn is open to a second referendum. It looks like it has been a huge week for Brexit…except nothing actually happened. Alex Massie in CapX on Tuesday gives us the best Brexit update when he says these announcements “give the impression of feverish activity without actually advancing us anywhere.”
IPA Staff Pick:
Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: John Roskam
This graph from Mark Perry at AEI is being called “The Graph of the Century“. I’d like to call it “Remind me why government intervention is good?” Perry shows that all services that the government regulates – childcare, college and medical care – have become more expensive, while TVs and computers and all the things that respond to the free market have got much, much cheaper. The IPA’s Daniel Wild wanted to see if the findings were also true of Australia (they are ). You can read Daniel’s report here.
Here’s what else the IPA said this week:
- Daniel Wild, Why won’t Australia’s ruling elite acknowledge the benefits of coal?, The Daily Telegraph
- Dr Jennifer Marohasy, The dangers of homogenisation, Sky News Kenny
- Dr Chris Berg, Birth of a liberal nation, IPA Review
- Professor Brad Bowden, How to kick postmodernism, IPA Review