“We don’t want to be dividing our country on the basis of race.” Watch Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, Lorraine Finlay, Senator James McGrath and Dr Anthony Dillon explain why ‘Race has No Place in the Constitution’ in the IPA’s new video released today:
On Friday this week, lightweight plastic bags will be banned in the People’s Republic of Victoria. The ban will further boost the already skyrocketing garbage bag sales and the switch to alternative bags causes “more environmental concerns than the plastic ones”.
President Trump’s decision to end federal agency subscriptions to The New York Times and Washington Post last week was further vindicated on Tuesday when The Washington Post’s obituary headline described ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as an “austere religious scholar”. Perhaps they took direction from the New York Times‘ rosy 1953 obituary for Joseph Stalin as one who “rose from Czarist oppression to transform Russia into a mighty socialist state”.
In this 2,000 word essay from Quillette on Wednesday, Joseph Fornieri challenges the narrative being pushed by the 1619 Project that the United States was built on the foundation of slavery. Fornieri points to Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave and abolitionist who embraced the “antislavery voices of the Founding era” and argued for rights based on “our common humanity rather than particular racial consciousness”.
Over 1,000 British academics have demanded time off to fight climate change. Included in the demands is a call for sabbaticals for academics and students to support their efforts to “save all life on our planet”.
The H.R. Nicholls Society Conference and Ray Evans Memorial Oration featuring Senator Amanda Stoker will be on Saturday 9 November in Melbourne. Tickets are available here. Use the code IPA25 for a 25% discount for IPA and Generation Liberty members.
Senator James Paterson will be discussing ‘Liberal Values Beyond Our Shores’ with Dave Sharma MP and Greg Sheridan AO in Melbourne on Wednesday 6 November. Tickets can be booked here. There is also a $20 discount for Generation Liberty members.
Article of the week:
“Political campaigners have used bogus statistics to push “their own political and sectarian interests” said the great Douglas Murray in The Daily Mail last week, responding to reports on the apparent rise in hate crime in the UK, and “it is time that people named and shamed the smear-merchants”.
IPA Staff Pick:
Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Scott Hargreaves
We know what it is like to support capitalism in the abstract, but then be appalled by varieties of crony and woke capitalism. Tyler Cowen’s Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero addresses the concerns head-on and provides powerful evidence that CEO salaries reflect market realities and are in line with historic ratios, the finance sector plays no bigger role in the economy than it ever has, and that in a society like America where the social order is being disrupted, corporations provide ‘oases of stability’ for their workers.
- John Roskam, Journalists want free speech for them, censorship for the rest of us – Australian Financial Review
- Gideon Rozner, Let’s be an open, modern society without trashing our heritage – The Daily Telegraph
- Dr Patrick McLaughlin – RegData: Government looks at new ways to cut red tape – Sky News, First Report
- Daniel Wild – The dangers of meeting our Paris climate agreement targets – Sky News, The Bolt Report
- Daniel Wild – How to handle drought policy – Sky News, The Kenny Report