Nike Should Blame Global Warming

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6 September 2018
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Back in June we told you private business investment in Australia was lower than the average recorded under Whitlam. The ABS released new figures yesterday, and the investment rate has dropped even further to 11.76 per cent:

As Daniel Wild and Darcy Allen said in June, we need to cut red tape to get business investment in Australia back on track.

The most informative thing you can read about Sweden’s parliamentary election on Sunday comes from Twitter (of all places) courtesy of this thread by British academic Matthew Goodwin about how the experts wrongly predicted the death of populism across Europe and how it will impact voting in Sweden.

It’s no wonder populism is taking off when you have this sort of thing happening in the EU. As the great Dan Hannan explained, this damning report into cronyism and corruption by the EU Ombudsman relating to the abrupt installation of Martin Selmayr as Secretary-General of the European Commission is the perfect reminder of why the UK was right to vote for Brexit.

This might be the best climate change headline I’ve ever seen – on Tuesday after Australian John Millman defeated the greatest tennis player of all time, the New York Times came up with this gem: “Roger Federer is tough to beat. Global warming might have pulled an upset.

On Friday, Dave Rubin interviewed the fascinating Katharine Birbalsingh – the headmistress and founder of a free school in London – about how her experiences teaching in inner city schools shifted her from left to right, her approach to disciplining children, and the importance of valuing knowledge. Back in 2012 in the IPA Review, Peter Gregory investigated the introduction of school choice in the UK and how an expectation deficit keeps poor people poor.

Nike just lost $3.75 billion in market value after washed up radical progressive NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was named as the face of the company’s new ‘Just do it‘ ads. The real scandal is Kaepernick’s endorsement of Cuba’s repressive Communist regime that routinely tortures and murders political dissidents.

‘Chief Diversity Officers’ at US universities can make as much as US$396,000 a year, but what do they do? Not much! A team of researchers from the Baylor University, Texas, looked for evidence that these officers produced a more diverse faculty and came back empty handed .

Next month John Roskam and Dr Bella d’Abrera will be joining Greg Sheridan to discuss democracy, freedom and faith and Greg’s new book God is Good for You. Book here for Brisbane on 13 September and here for Melbourne on 18 September.

Featuring Rebecca Lowe, IEA and Simon Breheny, IPA

“It’s really impressive, the outreach work. Twitter is great for having debates, but it can become a bit of an echo chamber. Anything that gets young people thinking and recognizing there are other ideas out there, and the benefits of rigorous debate from the other side of the political spectrum is something of immense value.”

– Rebecca Lowe, FREER Director, IEA

Article of the week:

The sordid and hysterical response to the US Senate hearings to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh – who sits entirely within the conservative legal mainstream – to the Supreme Court reveals the lie of the left’s lament about the decline of civility in politics. David French’s article in the National Review on Tuesday is an excellent exposé of how the progressive left operates.

IPA Staff Pick:

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Matthew Lesh 

Is collectivism on the right not actually that different to collectivism on the left? We should fear all ideologies that dehumanise individuals, oppose free speech and free association, and endorse strongman rulers. Jeffrey Tucker of the Foundation for Economic Education puts the alt right in historical perspective in this episode of The Rubin Report. Tucker’s new book Right-Wing Collectivism is free to download from FEE.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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