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The Piketty Bubble
16 July 2014

The Piketty Bubble

IPA Review- August 2014

This article from the July 2014 edition of the IPA Review is by Senior Fellow with the IPA, Julie Novak. Arguably the great surprise of 2014 so far would have to be the literary juggernaut that is Capital in the Twenty-First Century, originally written in 2013 by little known French economist Thomas Piketty and subsequently translated into English. The most
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Liberalism: A Short History by Richard Allsop
10 May 2014

Liberalism: A Short History by Richard Allsop

The Institute of Public Affairs is excited to present Liberalism: A Short History by IPA Research Fellow Richard Allsop. This is the fourth addition to the Foundations of Western Civilisation Program monograph series. Western Civilisation owes the word ‘liberal’ to the Spanish War of Independence (1808-14) where the liberales, who wanted individual rights and an end to feudal privilege, were pitched against the serviles, who supported
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Wilson in the White House
6 May 2014

Wilson in the White House

IPA Review- May 2014

This article from the May 2014 edition of the IPA Review is by Research Fellow at the IPA, Richard Allsop. The presidency of Woodrow Wilson from 1913 to 1921 was not good for the cause of liberty. Wilson was clearly infected by the ‘progressive’ ethos of the era. He was strongly interventionist, pushing for legislation to reduce the length of the standard
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End The Cotton Wool Culture For Kids
31 January 2014

End The Cotton Wool Culture For Kids

A lot of nonsense has been written lately about young people, alcohol and violence. But there’s one particular bit of nonsense that stands out. It’s this statement from Michael Daube in The Sydney Morning Herald last week: “Today’s youth have vastly more freedom than before, and are much more affluent.” Daube is a professor of health policy at Curtin University
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An Actor’s Manifesto
26 January 2014

An Actor’s Manifesto

IPA Review-January 2014

This article from the January 2014 edition of the IPA Review is by Researcher at the IPA, James Bolt. Once someone discovers they can repeat words really well, and that they can engage an audience with their repetition, they call themselves an ‘actor’. Once they start to believe we’re still interested in lines they thought of themselves, usually about politics and
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Taking Freedom Seriously
26 January 2014

Taking Freedom Seriously

IPA Review-January 2014

This article from the January 2014 edition of the IPA Review is by Research Fellow at the IPA, Julie Novak. One of the great legacies of Western Civilisation has been the emergence of the philosophical doctrine of liberalism (sometimes referred to today as libertarianism). The evolution of the key philosophical themes of liberalism, warts and all, is the subject of an
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The Case For Optimism
24 January 2014

The Case For Optimism

IPA Review-January 2014

This article from the January 2014 edition of the IPA Review is by Author of the bestselling book ‘The Rational Optimist’, Matt Ridley. Woody Allen once said that ‘we stand at a cross-roads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness; the other to total extinction. Let us hope we have the wisdom to make the right choice.’ All too often
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The Dirty Dozen
24 January 2014

The Dirty Dozen

IPA Review-January 2014

This article from the January 2014 edition of the IPA Review is by Director of Policy at the IPA, Chris Berg. A great idea can change the world. But so can a terrible one. And all ideas need their advocates. In this list we’ve chosen the dirty dozen of Australian opponents of freedom: the most energetic, aggressive, influential, and outright offensive
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The Pressures On Liberty
24 January 2014

The Pressures On Liberty

IPA Review-January 2014

This article from the January 2014 edition of the IPA Review is by Editor James Paterson. Two articles in this edition of the IPA Review appear to be starkly contradictory. On the one hand, the IPA’s Julie Novak writes on page 12 that everything is getting better. Living standards in Australia have dramatically increased over the past three decades as consumer
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Liberty Understood
22 November 2013

Liberty Understood

IPA Review- November 2013

This article from the November 2013 edition of the IPA Review is by Researcher at the IPA, James Bolt. On the inside cover of this book, Tom Palmer, a recent guest of the IPA in Australia, is introduced as someone who has lived his life by one ideal: ‘Liberty is for everyone.’ In addition to fuelling his academic life, the
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