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Let the EU Tuck You In At Night

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7 June 2018
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Who knew cutting red tape and taxes would create jobs?

The US achieved its lowest unemployment rate since 2000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May jobs report released on Friday. As this analysis from Heritage explains, unemployment rates for African-Americans, Hispanics and women are at record lows – social impact the #Resistance could only dream of.

Hey readers loved The Overthrow of the Great Books by Mark Bauerlein so much when we shared it with you in April, that we decided to interview Mark for The Young IPA Podcast . If you missed it, you can  listen to or read the transcript of our wonderful 22-min chat about Western Civilisation, the great books, identity politics, and the future of intellectual inquiry and academic freedom, here.

Cato’s Ilya Shapiro says that the US Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop decision on Monday “kicks all the big questions down the road” on religious freedom. If you want to hear more from Ilya about the case against the Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a gay wedding on religious grounds, listen to his interview with Dr Chris Berg on The Young IPA Podcast last week.

This would be staggering from the CFMEU if they didn’t already have form in this area. It emerged this week that they wrote to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to urge her to recognise Venezuela’s sham May elections – elections the UN says were accompanied by ” hundreds of extra-judicial killings“.

And finally a good use for the EU! ​Meditation app Calm narrates more than half an hour of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation to help people fall asleep.

Our friends at the Menzies Research Centre are launching Howard: The Art of Persuasion in Melbourne next Tuesday, details here. The MRC have kindly provided a limited number of complimentary tickets for IPA Members to the launch – to book your spot please call Fransisca Meiling on 03 9600 4744. Pre-order a copy of the book here.

The Samuel Griffith Society are holding their annual conference from 3-5 August in Brisbane. Details here.


Featuring Claire Lehmann, editor of Quillette and Ilya Shapiro, Cato

“There’s a diverse range of political views but they’re pretty much united in their opposition to the hard-left Marxist interpretation where patriarchy has to be smashed, white supremacy has to be smashed for there to be freedom. Understanding behavioural science allows one to see that social phenomena is complex and you can’t bring simplistic slogans and expect them to be fixed.”

– Claire Lehmann, editor of Quillette, on the Intellectual Dark Web


Article of the week:

Milton Friedman foreseeing the failure of the common currency and Italy barely growing since it joined the euro are just two of the takeouts of this excellent analysis of the origins and future direction of the Italian democratic crisis, by Alex Alexiev in American Thinker on Tuesday.


IPA Staff Pick:

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: John Roskam

In light of ANU’s craven capitulation on Western Civilisation this week’s Rubin Report featuring a discussion with Niall Ferguson about why universities hate the West is compulsory and compelling viewing. It’s already had 53,000 views. Ferguson is good on history – but bad on Brexit as you’ll see in the second half of the show. And in the last few daysthis controversy involving Ferguson has unfolded.


Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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