We Shall Fight Them On The Internet…

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11 October 2018
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has called for “global transformation” of all sectors of the economy to ward off catastrophe. I hope they realise that under the Paris Agreement, Australia is already a little more transformative than everyone else:

In the wake of the IPCC report, CSIRO research scientist Dr Pep Canadell called for the “almost immediateestablishment of a global carbon market“. He obviously didn’t read Hey in August when we featured Bjorn Lomborg’s piece stating that a global emission trading system would push 78 million people into risk of hunger.

Paul Romer was joint winner of the Nobel Prize in economics on Monday for showing that ideas drive economic growth. Listen to this excellent 1 hour 17 min podcast of Romer talking about growth theory with EconTalk host Russ Roberts back in 2007.

Yep, ideas are pretty important. Which is why we need freedom of speech and why John Roskam labelled the suggested addition of religion to existing so-called anti-discrimination laws a “potential new blasphemy law“.

The latest edition of the IPA’s Great Books of Literature Podcast with John Roskam and Andrew Bolt is out now! This week they’re talking about Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes – listen on Podbean,  iTunes or on the IPA website.

Astronaut Scott Kelly gave this pathetic apology to the outrage mob after being abused for quoting Winston Churchill. What was it that Churchill said about surrendering? In National Review on Tuesday Ben Shapiro pointed that out many of Kelly’s accusers would be speaking German  if it weren’t for Churchill.

You might be criticised for quoting Churchill, but at least in Britain you can still use icing sugar as you please. The UK Supreme Court has found Ashers Bakery in Northern Ireland not guilty of religious discrimination for refusing to bake a cake decorated with a message in support of same sex marriage.

The scariest monster for kids trick or treating in Chesapeake, Virginia is the local government! As reported by Reasonon Monday, anyone over the age of 12 caught trick or treating faces a $25 fine…or 6 months in jail!

The IPA and our friends at the Menzies Research Centre are delighted to be hosting the great Dan Hannan in Perth on Tuesday 30 October (introduced by Andrew Hastie MP) and in Melbourne on Wednesday 31 October where he will be in conversation with John Roskam and Nick Cater. He will also be giving the 2018 Annual John Bonython Lecture  for our friends at the CIS on 1 November.

If you’re in Melbourne on Wednesday 17 October head along to “Millennials’ dangerous ignorance of Communism” hosted by the CIS. It will feature Executive Director Tom Switzer in conversation UK Telegraph columnist James Bartholomew. Book here.

Featuring Senator James Paterson, and Dr Bella d’Abrera, IPA

“It seems like we are picking up the worst habits from the United States and from the UK where I think it’s even more of a profound problem where the instances of no-platforming – particularly of conservative speakers – has been rife for many years. We seem to be importing the worst of that culture into Australian universities where we didn’t previously have it.”

– Senator James Paterson

Article of the week:

Even though the Fatwah against Salman Rushdie failed, “the West has shifted palpably” and now censors itself argued Dan Hannan in the Washington Examiner on Monday on the 30th anniversary of the publication of Satanic Verses . While bombed bookshops and death threats didn’t stop Penguin in 1988, Hannan rightly says the tiniest suggestion of offense will send “publishers diving for cover” these days.

IPA Staff Pick:

Each week an IPA staff member shares what they have enjoyed recently. Today: Gideon Rozner

Regarded as one of the most ‘moderate’ and ‘centrist’ Republican members of Congress, Maine Senator Susan Collins became an unlikely hero among American conservatives for her 44-minute speech endorsing Brett Kavanagh late last week. Heralded as a ‘defining moment’ in an otherwise farcical confirmation process, Collins’ speech was a forceful defence of not only Kavanagh, but also the broader principles of due process and the presumption of innocence.

Here’s what else the IPA said this week:

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