IPA Review Articles

Pirates and Bandits and Anarchy
1 February 2015

Pirates and Bandits and Anarchy

Are there any circumstances where ‘good’ anarchy can outperform ‘poor’ government? Peter Leeson’s new book Anarchy Unbound: Why Self-Governance Works Better Than You Think is the latest political analysis of anarchy— that is, where self-governance and private institutions are producers of order. Leeson uses empirical case studies—from orderly pirates to curse-casting monks—to explore how civil-society self-governance may be more efficient
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Whither Feminism
1 February 2015

Whither Feminism

Julie Bishop recently stated that she did not consider herself a feminist as she didn’t find the term meaningful today. Bishop was roundly criticised by feminists who found it disappointing that Bishop didn’t understand how important feminism is. After all, ‘feminism is about equality,’ argues Greens Senator Larissa Waters, who made the statement without specifying whether she meant equality of
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On the Fall of the Berlin Wall
1 February 2015

On the Fall of the Berlin Wall

I was only eleven when the Berlin Wall came down. I knew that was important—I knew it mattered and I can thank my education for that. And by that I don’t mean school. I mean my parents. As a family, we watched the news every night, and I could always ask my parents about anything I didn’t understand. My Dad
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Why Doesn’t Commercial Speech Count As Free Speech?
4 November 2014

Why Doesn’t Commercial Speech Count As Free Speech?

This article from the November 2014 edition of the IPA Review is by University of South Australia Business School’s Dr Kesten C. Green. In 2007, I was involved in preparing evidence on the impact of a government-mandated disclaimer on consumers for a Florida court case. My colleague, Professor J. Scott Armstrong, and I commissioned fieldworkers to show two advertisements to Florida
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The Rise of America’s Populist Progressivism
4 November 2014

The Rise of America’s Populist Progressivism

This article from the November 2014 edition of the IPA Review is by research associate at the University of Sydney’s United States Studies Centre and Adjunct Fellow at the IPA, Tom Switzer. She is the rising star of the left, who attracts rock-star receptions at standing-roomonly campaign rallies across the United States. She gives fiery sermons for economic populism and social
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20 September 2014

The Six Waves of European History

Complex life has existed on earth for about 550 million years. Complex human life, defined as substantial city dwelling peoples has a history of only 10,000 years or about .0002 per cent of the larger number. The period of history for which there are reliable records of human achievement is closer to 2,500 years. Human achievement in this 2,500 period,
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The Christian Realisation Of Liberty
20 July 2014

The Christian Realisation Of Liberty

This article from the July 2014 edition of the IPA Review is by Research Scholar with the IPA, Stephanie Forrest. Since at least the Enlightenment, it has been popular to regard the medieval period as a kind of ‘dark age’ that isn’t worth studying. After the collapse of Rome in the West in the fifth century AD, so the popular
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Why We Need A Coalition Of The Unwilling
20 July 2014

Why We Need A Coalition Of The Unwilling

This article from the July 2014 edition of the IPA Review is by Researcher with the IPA, James Bolt. It has been 70 years since Friedrich Hayek released The Road to Serfdom, and despite his warnings, that is certainly the road that the West is travelling down. Governments are becoming larger and more people are becoming dependent on the state
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The Answer To Broken Government Can’t Be More Government
20 July 2014

The Answer To Broken Government Can’t Be More Government

This article from the July 2014 edition of the IPA Review is by Perth based writer, Kyle Kutasi. In February 2011 in a little place named Franklin Township, New Jersey, a tree fell into a creek and caused a flood. It took twelve days and a $12,000 permit to get environmental approval to pull the tree out of the creek,
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The City And The State
17 July 2014

The City And The State

This article from the July 2014 edition of the IPA Review is by Ray Evans. Ray Evans was a pioneering free market activist who passed away in June 2014. This article follows reflections on his role in the Australian liberty movement. Economists since Adam Smith have focused on national economic statistics and on policy prescriptions to increase national prosperity. Smith’s
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