Put A Regressive Tax On Eurocrats

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31 May 2018
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According to The Guardian and the Australia Institute, “Australia has more wealth and income inequality than ever.” AsDaniel Wild noted on Twitter on Tuesday, this is just more fake news:

As Daniel and Andrew Bushnell explained in November in the IPA’s report Understanding Inequality in Australia that while income inequality is low and declining, the focus should be opportunity by cutting taxes, red tape and reforming welfare.

The IPA today is launching a new book on Australia’s Red Tape Crisis, a 14-chapter study of the causes and costs of overregulation, edited by Dr Chris Berg and Dr Darcy Allen. Read all about it on page 4 of The Australian today and then order your copy here .

Geez I can’t imagine why the European elites aren’t more popular. Brendan O’Neill has the full story at Spiked about how the Euro-establishment has declared war on democracy after it squashed the formation of a new government by the winners of Italy’s March election – because the parties are Eurosceptic. A writer at The Telegraph thinks that if Italy leaves the Euro, the single currency will collapse altogether – fingers crossed!

I reckon those Eurocrats would have really enjoyed this pro-EU video published by the BBC. It’s called “don’t hate the debate“, but all of the panellists agreed with each other and the comments section was closed down.

I’d appreciate the honesty if it wasn’t so obnoxious. Left-wing Billionaire Michael Bloomberg and IMF director Christine Lagarde think regressive taxes are a “good thing” – because poor people aren’t smart enough to know what’s good for them.

The left’s attack on the poor takes many forms – read this fascinating 5,100 word essay from the latest edition of City Journal about how centrally planned modernist architecture has been a plague on the lower income communities in the UK.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be giving the 2018 Bob Carter Commemorative Lecture in Melbourne for the Australian Environment Foundation on 3 July. Mr Abbott will be speaking on “Climate change and restraining greenhouse gas emissions” and Professor Peter Ridd will give the vote of thanks – tickets here.

Featuring Tom G. Palmer and Jason Clemens, Fraser Institute

“it really hurts me when people suffer violence and brutality. I think I feel it more intimately than other people. I can’t stand the fact that there are people who are beaten because of their political views or their religion and I identify with them…[and although] I’m cautious about people who are dangerous, I’m not afraid of other people.”

– Tom G. Palmer

Article of the week:

No matter how bad or offensive Roseanne Barr’s tweet about Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett was, it was her non-conformism to progressive politics which did her in, as Brendan O’Neill explained at Spiked on Tuesday.

IPA Staff Pick:

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Andrew Bushnell

In this perceptive 4,000 word essay in New Statesman last week, the English philosopher John Gray argues that liberal institutions are threatened by the emergence of an ‘alternative liberalism‘ wedded to a fantasy of inevitable progress and in total denial of the cultural origins of our freedoms. .

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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