|The US economy surged to a 4.1% growth pace in the second quarter, the US Dept. of Commerce announced on Friday. Krugman isn’t the only “credible” economist to get this wrong. And we’re still waiting for the Pulitzer Prize winning website Politifact to update its “fact-check” of Trump’s claim the US could reach 4% growth, which for some reason hasn’t been updated since January.
I wonder how many of these experts have checked in with Trump Anxiety Disorder? The Daily Caller reported on Sunday how Americans are increasingly seeking therapy for symptoms “specific to the election of Trump and the resultant unpredictable sociopolitical climate“.
Monday’s front page of the The Guardian featured an ‘undercover sting’ set up by Greenpeace targeting British free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs for the crime of seeking donations to support its work and promoting its research to politicians. IEA director general Mark Littlewood noted in his brilliant rebuttal “what would be the point of having any research if [they] don’t intend to promote it?”
And while we’re talking about promoting IEA research, you should read Christopher Snowdon’s excellent paper published last Wednesday, “Of course sin taxes are regressive“.
In 2016, keynote speaker Lionel Shriver caused outrage at the Brisbane Writers Festival for saying she hoped the concept of cultural appropriation would be “a passing fad“. What isn’t a passing fad is outrage at writers festivals – this year Festival organisers have even booted leftist icons Germaine Greer and Bob Carr for being “too controversial“.
This week, YouTube begun adding a synopsis beneath PragerU videos countering their arguments, and Twitter brought in anti-Trump academics to combat “intolerance”. Libertarian billionaire Peter Thiel discussed the one party state of Silicon Valley, his observations of the “diversity myth”, and human herd behaviour in this 5,500 word interview to Swiss magazine Die Weltwoche on Sunday.
The book launch for the new biography of NSW Liberal Party founder Sir Joseph Carruthers by IPA Research Fellow Dr Zachary Gorman will be held in Sydney on 21 August by our friends at the CIS. Book here.