The ‘Egalitarian And Energised’ North Korea

The ‘Egalitarian And Energised’ North Korea

From Peter Gregory | 30 August 2018

Minutes after Scott Morrison was appointed leader of the Liberals last Friday the IPA released this video outlining the policies that will grow the economy, protect freedom of speech and secure the dignity of work for more people. At the time of writing it’s been watched by 227,000 people:

On Tuesday the IPA released the second episode of The Great Books of Literature Podcast featuring John Roskam and Andrew Bolt on The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. You can listen on iTunesPodbean, or the IPA website. The first episode on Charles Dickens’  Bleak House  reached number 1 on the iTunes Podcast Charts ‘Arts’ category.

How the war on climate change slams the world’s poor” by former IPA guest Bjorn Lomborg in the New York Post on Sunday is the best rebuttal of alarmist climate policies I’ve read. The proposed global carbon taxwould put 78 million people at risk of hunger. And remember the biofuels craze a few years ago? It pushed 30 million people into poverty.

Nah, there’s no need for more Western Civilisation courses at the University of Sydney. Following a trip to North Korea, PhD student and former lecturer Jay Tharappel wrote that it was “a highly organised, egalitarian and energised society” in the student newspaper last week. These were the same people who deemed Western Civilisation courses “morally problematic “, said the IPA’s Generation Liberty Campus Co-ordinator Renee Gorman on The Bolt Report on Tuesday.

This is one of the great lefty-offs of all time. Last week PETA successfully hassled biscuit manufacturer Nabisco into changing their box design from depicting caged animals, to animals striding free across the savannah. However, Vox has stated the new design “doesn’t address any of the underlying issues about  ethics, exploitation, and corporate greed“. I’ll let you decide the winner, I think it’s too close to call.

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.

Bella will also be speaking at The Battle of Ideas in London in October along with Lionel Shriver, Brendan O’Neill and Frank Furedi, in front of over 3,000 attendees. The details of Bella’s session are here.

If you think it’s wrong that police charge event organisers tens of thousands of dollars because violent protesters trash their event, check out the Australian Free Speech Coalition Group, a group of Australians concerned with freedom of speech and the Thugs’ Veto in particular.


Featuring John Roskam, IPA and Daniel Wild, IPA

“(The Great Books of Literature Podcast) does reveal something that we’ve known and people have spoken to us about, and which is why we launched the Foundations of Western Civilisation Program back in 2010: People are looking for intellectual nourishment. People are looking to discuss ideas, themes and the history of our humanity.”

– John Roskam, Executive Director, IPA


Article of the week:

Last week Canadian politician Maxime Bernier quit the Canadian Conservatives. In his excellent explanation “Why I am leaving the Conservative Party of Canada” published on his personal website last Thursday, Maxime wrote that his old party has “abandoned its core conservative principles”. Now what party does that remind you of?


IPA Staff Pick:

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: John Roskam

This important article by William Kininmonth, who headed the National Climate Centre at the Bureau of Meteorology, from the next edition of Quadrant brilliantly explains the current state of our knowledge about changes to the earth’s temperature and demonstrates how the Paris agreement will make little or no difference to the earth’s climate.


Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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