Review - Institute of Public Affairs
- Institute of Public Affairs
- Publication date:
- First document:
- Vol. 56 Nbr. 2, June 2004
- Last document:
- Vol. 67 Nbr. 3, September 2015
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- WHEN IS FREE SPEECH FREE?
The recent shooting at the 'Draw Mohammad' event in Texas, like the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris a few months earlier, raises important questions about where the limits of free speech should be drawn, or whether they should be drawn at all. Days after the attack, 3.7 million people marched in anti-terrorism rallies in Paris -- pencils were held up high symbolising freedom of speech. And yet, in the days following the march, 54 people were arrested in France for offensive speech. This debate about the limits of free speech has reignited calls in Australia for repealing laws that make it unlawful to 'offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or group'. Australian Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson has stated that the Charlie Hebdo cartoons would not be allowed under the R...
- THE LIFE SAVING POTENTIAL OF COAL
Coal is the world's cheapest and most reliable source of electricity. It powered the Industrial Revolution and, together with other fossil fuels, has created an economic environment that over the last 200 years has enabled billions of people across the world to achieve a better quality of life. Between 1820 and 2011, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty decreased from over 80% of the world population to only 14.5%. In his 2015 report World Poverty, Max Roser indicates that the number of people living in extreme poverty halved between 1990 and 2011 alone. India is the world's second largest nation by way of population, and is currently undergoing a stunning electricity grid transformation. And it is coal that is making this possible. Despite India's significant progress in ...
- KEEPING THE FAITH
People around the world are now expecting the fight against climate change to be a central concern of the Catholic Church. But what people do not always understand is that while an encyclical is designed to provide spiritual guidance from the Pope on a particular subject, in Catholic doctrine, it is completely acceptable for Catholics to disagree with the opinions expressed in it. Pope Francis has often spoken on the need to focus on poverty and help the vulnerable. Helping the poor and the destitute is a central responsibility for any Catholic. The spread of coal to the world's poorest can only be achieved by the liberalisation of the global coal trade. China, India, and much of the global south are currently embarking on a host of free trade agreements, all designed to enhance their l...
- FREE MARKETS AND TOLERANCE
Economic freedom's positive contribution to tolerance is unsurprising given that the purpose of the market existence is to satisfy the unique needs and wants of diverse individual human beings. As such, the market is both tacit acknowledgement that tolerance is a necessity in human relationships and also a mechanism to facilitate it. The Enlightenment tradition assumes that trade and exchange between people and groups fosters trust, co-operation and ultimately tolerance. Furthermore, markets require trust to work. As such, the institutions that underpin markets -- the rule of law, property rights, and the enforcement of contracts -- are actually trust-protecting and trust-building institutions. It is easier to trust and tolerate a stranger if there is an effective means of recourse shou...
- IN THE Beginning...
The question of what is special about the Magna Carta goes to the heart of any discussion about the enduring significance of what happened at Runnymede in June 1215. The Magna Carta was not unique in European history. In the Middle Ages it was quite common for monarchs to issue charters not very different from the Magna Carta. In his book The Origins of English Individualism, Alan Macfarlane noted an intriguing difference between English land law in the Middle Ages and land law in other parts of Europe. In England, individuals owned the land, and they could buy and sell land as they wished -- all property was purchasable -- a premise contrary to law in nearly every other part of the world. In other countries, there was communal ownership of the land and significant restrictions on what ...
- REVOLUTION OR RANT
Revolution, by Russell Brand, is reviewed.
- PERSONALITY IN POLITICS
The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History, by Boris Johnson, is reviewed.
- SMALL 'l' LIBERALS
Dick Hamer: The liberal Liberal, by Tim Colebatch, is reviewed.
- Too Australian?
- BREATHING IN FREEDOM
The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom, by David Boaz, is reviewed.
- THE BATTLE OF IDEAS
From its founding in 1943, more than any other organization in Australia, the IPA understood the relationship between economic control and political control. During the IPA's first few decades, staff went on study tours around the world, including behind the iron curtain, to investigate global...
- NET NEUTRALITY IS TECHNO SOCIALISM
Net neutrality is a grab-bag of cartoonish anti-corporate populism. The introduction of net neutrality rules by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in late February is a threat to the freedom of the Internet and its capacity for continued innovation and improvement. The key principle...
- THE SHARING ECONOMY
is a suite of emerging software platforms acting as an intermediary between private buyers and private sellers, allowing them to share their existing resources -- hence, a sharing economy. is a market catalysed by disruptive technologies. Communication technologies have drastically reduced the...
- NEW MONEY
The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order, by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey, is reviewed. ...
- The MEN who shaped America
Jefferson and Hamilton: The Rivalry That Forged A Nation, by John Ferling, and James Madison: A Life Reconsidered, by Lynne Cheney, are reviewed. ...
- SHAKING UP THE EDUCATION SYSTEM
Australians are overwhelmingly supportive of the idea that all children should have access to quality education regardless of family income. Australians are committed to the ideals of publicly funded education and accept that it contributes to the wellbeing of the society. Publicly funded education ...
- PIRATES AND BANDITS AND ANARCHY OH MY!
Anarchy Unbound: Why Self-Governance Works Better Than You Think, by Peter Leeson, is reviewed. ...
- FREE MARKETS AND TOLERANCE
Economic freedom's positive contribution to tolerance is unsurprising given that the purpose of the market existence is to satisfy the unique needs and wants of diverse individual human beings. As such, the market is both tacit acknowledgement that tolerance is a necessity in human relationships...
- Reflections On the 'Howard Project'
The Howard Project spanned the full spectrum of economic, social, cultural and international affairs. It reflected his distinctive blend of liberal and conservative instincts, ideas and values. In a way no other Australian politician had attempted before, John Howard challenged many of the...
- 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...