India is set to achieve universal household electrification by March according to its government, which is incredible to think about considering just 30 years ago less than half the population had access to electricity:
India has been able to do this on the back of building 52 new coal mines in the last 5 years. Ensuring everybody can access cheap and reliable electricity moves people up the poverty ladder and is a key reason why Dr Hans Rosling was right about the world getting better all the time , as Richard Conrad wrote in the December 2018 edition of the IPA Review.
Now the bookburners won’t even wait until publication. Aspiring YA fiction author Amelie Wen Zhao cancelled her upcoming book after the outrage mob deemed the book wasn’t PC enough, despite, as Robby Soave said in Reason last week, no one being able to find out what’s actually wrong with it.
We are excited to release a Special Episode of The Looking Forward Podcast this week where hosts Scott Hargreaves and Dr Chris Berg are joined by John Roskam and historian Andrew Roberts to discuss Roberts’ new book Churchill: Walking With Destiny. If you’re a fan of Churchill you can’t miss the conversation or Roberts’ book, which The New York Times called ” the best single-volume biography of Churchill yet written.”
If you’re worried about cheating in Australian sport, then I have bad news: The government’s coming to help. Last week the federal government announced there will be a national watchdog to fight match fixing and doping. For analysis, as well as a great discussion about the future of conservative thought on social media and the Hayne Royal Commission, download this week’s regular episode of The Looking Forward Podcast.
And why shouldn’t we trust the government when it comes to sports? The city of Atlanta spent $13 million on a new pedestrian bridge for the Super Bowl. Then they spent a further $10 million to make sure it was ready in time for the game. It wasn’t.
The disappointments of the Super Bowl didn’t stop at the bridge. As well as the game being a dud, the commercials weren’t much good either. Here’s a list of the best ones. My favourite was the Tom Hanks-narrated $10 million ad for The Washington Post, which only served to annoy WaPo journalists who realised where the company’s money was going after their healthcare options were scaled back.
Hey readers in Darwin should head along to an exciting event on 22 February, ‘Identity Politics vs Liberalism’ with a fantastic lineup of speakers including Alice Springs Town Councillor Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, Warren Mundine AO and IPA Director of Policy Gideon Rozner. Details here
Article of the week:
Is the American Dream dead? Absolutely not. AEI Scholar Samuel J. Abrams writes in this great piece in The New York Times from Tuesday that not only is the American Dream alive, 82% of people think they’re either living it or are on their way to do so, according to a new AEI study. Abrams writes “ Individuality and family, not wealth and real estate, are what Americans seek and believe they are finding in the national ‘dream’.”
IPA Staff Pick:
Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Scott Hargreaves
I totally agree with John Podhoretz who said in this article that The Lives of Others is the greatest movie of the 21st century. That’s why it’s so exciting that the acclaimed writer/director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck has released another movie which Podhoretz says more than matches his debut feature in Commentary on Tuesday. Never Look Away spans both the Nazi and Communist years in eastern Germany and – guess what? Life under both regimes is pretty much the same! Particularly if you’re an artist seeking to stay true to your creative vision. I can’t wait to see it when comes to Australia later this year.
Here’s what else the IPA said this week:
- Daniel Wild, Labor is coming after apple pie-baking nanas – The Daily Telegraph
- Daniel Wild, The benefits of Adani – Sky News The Bolt Report
- Gideon Rozner, Labor policy will be a ‘nana tax’ – Sky News The Front Page
- Evan Mulholland, More competition, not regulation answer to banks – Sky News Hardgrave
- Michael James, A keen observer of liberal reform – IPA Review