Stand Up For Freedom Of Intellectual Inquiry

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19 September 2019
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“Open, honest, and fearless discussion of climate science is more important than ever before” said Gideon Rozner, promoting the publication of Climate Change: The Facts 2020. The latest instalment will bring together expert authors to present research on climate change that is too often ignored by our public institutions. Watch Gideon’s video here.

You can make a tax deductible donation to support the publication of this new book of research here.

Not everyone agrees that there should be an open conversation about climate change. The Conversation Australia has implemented a “zero-tolerance approach” to “dangerous” “climate change deniers” on their website. Commentators on the government and university funded website will have their comments deleted and accounts banned if they dare question the climate change orthodoxy.

A new version of Monopoly where female players are awarded 40 more monopoly dollars for passing ‘Go’ than their male counterparts has been released. As Madeleine Kearns pointed out in the National Review last week, Ms. Monopoly “symbolizes the pointlessness of a certain type of feminism” that cares more about affirmative-action themed board games than actually helping women.

In the latest expansion of the surveillance state, all Victorian driver licence holders will have their photos uploaded to the National Driver Licence Facial Recognition Solution. The Victorian government argues this is needed for “combating identity fraud” and that access to the database will be limited, but we’ve seen how this worked with the data retention database – how long until we have 60 agencies joining in the surveillance?

Sunday marked 70 years since the publication of economist Ludwig von Mises’ magnum opus, Human Action. Richard Ebeling noted Mises’ great work is a “cornerstone for understanding the nature of the free society and the workings of the market economy” at the American Institute for Economic Research on Sunday.  

Article of the week:

The fallout from Dave Chappelle’s recent Netflix comedy special has revealed a lot about the “arbiters of taste in popular culture”. Titus Techera argued at Law and Liberty on Tuesday, that Chappelle’s purpose “is to correct the excesses of an increasingly hysterical liberalism”, adding that the comedian is “much more competent and serious than most intellectuals”.

IPA Staff Pick:

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Morgan Begg 

Earlier this month, former Zimbabwean dictator and lifelong communist Robert Mugabe died. Despite being celebrated by some in the West as a liberator, Mugabe was a purveyor of misery and destruction from day 1 of his 38 year stranglehold on the country. Helen Andrews’ excellent essay at the National Review in November 2017 challenged the myths about the Zimbabwean disaster and why Mugabe’s legacy will long outlast him..

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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