IPA Review Articles

The Beginning of Libertarianism in Australia
1 August 2015

The Beginning of Libertarianism in Australia

For forty years, libertarianism has been an important voice in public debate, explains Richard Allsop A lot happened in Australia in the summer of 1974- 75. Cyclone Tracy struck Darwin, Hobart’s Tasman Bridge collapsed, Lillee and Thommo terrorised English batsmen, homegrown pop star William Shakespeare went to number one with ‘My Little Angel’, and Australia’s first-ever avowedly libertarian political party
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Magna Carta – The Tax Revolt That Gave Us Liberty
15 June 2015

Magna Carta – The Tax Revolt That Gave Us Liberty

‘Our liberty, democracy, and human rights are all in some way related to what was inscribed on parchment at Runnymede in June 1215’ The Magna Carta is a founding document of individual liberty, rule of law, and parliamentary democracy.  In this accessible and engaging book, Chris Berg and John Roskam explain what the Magna Carta is, where it came from,
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Book Review: Adam Smith can Change Your Life
10 May 2015

Book Review: Adam Smith can Change Your Life

Adam Smith is a deeply underrated thinker. This might seem like a strange thing to say about the author of the Wealth of Nations, which is often described as free market capitalism’s foundational text. Adam Smith Clubs around the world sell ties with Smith’s face printed on them. Smith’s fame came during his lifetime. In How Adam Smith Can Change
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10 May 2015

Property Rights Are Human Rights

Property rights are human rights, but in order to advance them, we need to anchor them as moral and just. Throughout the second half of 2014, a national consultation looked at the human rights challenges in Australia, with a particular focus on the role of free speech and association, religious freedom, and property rights. While many people who attended the
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American Sniper
1 May 2015

American Sniper

A boy stumbles towards a group of US marines. Chris Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper) watches him from above. The boy is holding something in a cloth, but Kyle cannot see what it is. The cloth comes loose momentarily and Kyle sees the boy’s grenade. He calls to base for instruction, but they cannot confirm what Kyle sees. He must
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Laffer’s Lessons
1 May 2015

Laffer’s Lessons

On 18 March 2015, the IPA was delighted to host Dr Arthur Laffer, a well-known economist and creator of the Laffer Curve, who also served as Reagan’s economic adviser during his presidency. Reagan’s presidency, renowned for its pro-freedom, reformist agenda, created conditions for the largest peace-time expansion of the US economy. IPA guests and members were treated to a wonderfully
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Freedom Works
1 May 2015

Freedom Works

There are certain political leaders who take on an almost mythical stature. Ronald Reagan is one such leader. For many free market advocates, Reagan has become synonymous with the ideas of individual freedom, economic prosperity, and American revival. So influential is his legacy that it continues to act as a guiding force in American politics. Even President Obama, by no
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Less is More
1 May 2015

Less is More

Dr Arthur Laffer recently toured Australia as a guest of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is a well-known economist and was an economics advisor to President Ronald Reagan. In his speech to the IPA, Laffer discussed, among many other topics, the impact of taxes and particularly the relationship between income tax and the subsequent revenue it generates.
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10 April 2015

Voluntary Voting

Research conducted by Newspoll for the Institute of Public Affairs indicates that there is only moderate community support for a change to voluntary voting, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be seriously considered. The poll, which was conducted from the 8-10 October 2010 and featured 1200 adults, showed 27 per cent of voters support voluntary voting, whilst 70 per cent
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Leo’s Latest Role
1 February 2015

Leo’s Latest Role

Dear Mr DiCaprio, We would like to invite you to be a Messenger for Peace with the UN. We feel you would be an excellent ambassador for this role for the following reasons: COMMITMENT TO HUMAN RIGHTS After watching Blood Diamond, we at the UN headquarters decided your character had gone on enough of an emotional journey with the diamond
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