|Isn’t it interesting how everything the government touches gets more expensive?|
|Regulation and subsidies have rapidly increased the cost of key household items in Australia over the last 20 years. Meanwhile, prices in sectors with little government interference have been declining. Those are the key findings from Daniel Wild’s latest report, How regulation and red tape make families poorer. The full coverage of the report on page 2 of The Australian is here:|
|The ABC has finally realised global best-selling non-fiction author Jordan Peterson is in town – check out his must-watch interview with Leigh Sales on 7.30 where he says “you can’t say anything important about anything without offending“. If only politicians would listen to Jordan and repeal 18C.|
A piece like this on Scientific American’s blog last week was inconceivable even two years ago and shows the wheel is turning on climate change – “should we chill out about global warming?”
The Nanny State usually treats us like children, but this is worse – the Nanny State actually is children! Girl scouts in Colorado are writing anti-smoking legislation. Last month, we told you that California’s anti-straw legislation came from a 9 year old’s research.
This sounds like something a child would say – Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to sue oil companies for first degree murder. I’d like to hear Arnie explain how a cyborg assassin could be sent back through time using only wind power!
And if you’ve got a spare 24 minutes, sit back and listen to this fascinating chat just released between Nick Gillespie and Dave Rubin from LibertyCon. They talk free speech, identity politics and Dave’s journey from the regressive left.
Featuring John Roskam, Institute of Public Affairs
Article of the week:
This excellent 2,500 piece from Matthew Blackwell in Quillette this week examines the “outbursts of emotional hostility” from progressive activists. Blackwell argues universities have created a “Frankenstein generation” unable to deal with opinions they disagree with.
IPA Staff Pick:
Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Andrew Bushnell
In this interview with the recently launched Spectator USA yesterday, ousted Trump adviser Steve Bannon – the ruddy face of populism – makes some interesting observations about how corporatism is a growing threat to our freedom, how the political class deliberately dumbs down political discourse, and how subsidiarity is the principle behind Brexit.
Here’s what else the IPA said this week: