|Those figures are from this excellent post at the Catallaxy Files yesterday. As the author notes, they don’t include government-outsourced workers and consultants!
One way to reduce the number of public servants is to cut red tape – the Trump administration’s policy of deregulation has saved taxpayers $1.3 billion this year, according to the American Action Forum. That’s double the administration’s goal for the year because, in a shock to all involved, the Obama administration had grossly underestimated the cost of regulation to Americans.
“Can free markets end global poverty?” was the topic of this magnificent 1 hour 27 minute discussion between Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz and William Easterly last week hosted by Reason (Spoiler alert: Yes). Also this week, a new McKinsey Global Institute report found that the best performing emerging economies are those with more competition. And Cato’s Marian Tupy wrote in CapX that the market is the real driver of better working conditions (sorry unions).
These two stories pretty much sum up Europe today. Firstly, the EU is one step closer to banning memes. Secondly, the Spanish health minister was forced to step down this week over claims she plagiarised her masters thesis in – wait for it – interdisciplinary gender studies. I can’t believe Britain voted to Leave.
As we told you in March, China’s social credit system is absolutely terrifying. A victim and a beneficiary (for now) of the totalitarian state’s vast network of 200 million CCTV cameras were interviewed for this chilling piece by Matthew Carney on ABC News on Tuesday.
Are you a liberal cosmopolitan “Inner”, as described in Matthew Lesh’s new book Democracy in a Divided Australia? Or a suburban, traditionalist “Outer”? Take the quiz here (I’m a “Betweener”). Buy the book, published by Connor Court, here. The Brisbane launch with Senator Amanda Stoker is on 27 September, and the Melbourne launch with Senator James Paterson is on 5 October.