IPA Review Articles

5 August 2016

10 Worst Nanny State Policies

10: Plain packet cigarettes The argument for plain cigarette packaging is one of the most stark examples of how Nanny State regulations treat individuals as childish automatons. Plain packaging involves the complete removal of any brand logos, special colours or fonts, pictures or any other unique packaging design, to be replaced by only the brand name in a mandatory font,
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Bourgeois Equality
1 August 2016

Bourgeois Equality

 What historical events got the West to a position today where it can worry about patchy growth wihthin a material world of unprecedented riches? writes Mikayla Novak Patchy signs of economic recovery in Australia and the rest of the Western World aside, these last few years could be best described in economic terms as a persistent ‘Great Exhaustion’. The uninspiring
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The Rise of Identity Politics
1 August 2016

The Rise of Identity Politics

The new wave of political correctness propagates a culture of social media outrage and public shaming, writes Elle Hardy  The charge of cultural appropriation was brought, and the students at Ohio’s prestigious Oberlin University soon became international news. They were protesting that the campus cafeteria had bastardised Vietnamese culture, serving up a ciabatta roll with pork and coleslaw and calling
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Britian’s First Post-Brexit PM Theresa May Will Be Tested
14 July 2016

Britian’s First Post-Brexit PM Theresa May Will Be Tested

Theresa May is Britain’s new prime minister. Should we “Keep Calm and Carry On” or hit the panic button? The initial reaction from markets and the British political establishment has been a collective sigh of relief. Markets and institutions value certainty of political leadership and they reacted positively when May became PM. May triumphed when the other candidate for the
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Populism Is Not A Dirty Word
10 July 2016

Populism Is Not A Dirty Word

The political news right now is Malcolm Turnbull’s tenuous hold on government. But tight elections aren’t unusual. The real significance of the 2016 election is how it reveals the growing dissatisfaction with the political class and mainstream parties. This is a thread that links the support for Nick Xenophon and Pauline Hanson in Australia with the support for Donald Trump
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Saying You Have A Plan Isn’t Enough To Win An Election
4 July 2016

Saying You Have A Plan Isn’t Enough To Win An Election

It is not enough to say you have a plan for a strong new economy. You actually have to have one. And it has to be simple enough to sell to the average voter. That means cutting taxes, not increasing them; cutting government spending, not increasing it. This is the clear message voters have sent to the Coalition following the
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Why Britain Should Vote ‘Leave’
21 June 2016

Why Britain Should Vote ‘Leave’

IPA Adjunct Fellow Georgina Downer explains why Britain should vote to leave the European Union, and what it would mean for Australia.
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The Libertarian Alternative
2 May 2016

The Libertarian Alternative

Libertarianism – the philosophy of government that pairs free market economics with social liberalism – presents a vigorous challenge and viable political alternative to the old Left-Right partisan shouting match. Libertarianism offers surprising new solutions to stagnant policy debates over issues such as immigration and civil rights, and provokes a framework for tackling contemporary problems like privacy, the environment and
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The Politics Of James Bond
25 April 2016

The Politics Of James Bond

More and more it seems that the place and importance of the individual is taking a backseat in Western societies. Symptoms of this include political discourse which regards the desire to keep and enjoy the fruits of your own labour as greedy, and which pushes higher taxes as people paying their fair share. Or when laws are enacted to restrict
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The Creation of the Modern School of Thought
1 April 2016

The Creation of the Modern School of Thought

Daniel Chirot and Scott Montgomery from the School of International Studies at the University of Washington have telegraphed the Enlightenment into ‘four big ideas’ that they present through the writings of Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Charles Darwin, and the constitutional debates between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. The modern world, both its enormous promise and its gravest troubles—from the existential
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