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Articles from Vol. 64, No. 4, December

A 'Nudge' in the Wrong Direction
Nick Evans warns the NSW Liberal government to ditch its plans to copy paternalistic policies from the UK.Like many sinister concepts, the idea of governments 'nudging' people may seem on first glance somewhat innocuous. Rather than relying on coercion...
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Christianity and Western Civilisation
Christianity and Western Civilisation Richard Lyons reviews an important new work on the Christian contribution to the modern world. The eminent Australian historian Geoffrey Blainey has produced yet another important work in his A Short History of Christianity....
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Civil Liberties under Fire
Attacks on individual freedom in Australia over the past few years have occurred in some unexpected places.Take, for instance, the unprecedented assault on civil liberties we have seen in Australia in recent years.Both the left and right of politics...
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David Cameron's RADICAL IDEA
Peter Gregory investigates the introduction of school choice in the United Kingdom.For all the criticism it has received, the Cameron government in Britain has undertaken at least one transformative and visionary reform since its inception. That is,...
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False Dawn: The Arab Spring
The Arab Spring was not the positive event many hoped it would be, argues Daniel Mandel.In a sense, the so-called Arab Spring can be said to have begun on 26 December 2010 in the Tunisian hinterland township of Sidi Bouzid, where a 26-year-old impoverished...
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Just Be Happy
The Melbourne City Council just wants you to be happy. Really. Happy.That's why in October they trumpeted a media release on their website with the heading emblazoned across the page, 'More than $630,000 awarded to boost Melbourne's health and happiness'.It...
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Q: Is Intellectual Property a Government-Granted Monopoly?
A: Yes, it isJASON POTTSAdjunct Fellow at the Institute of Public AffairsLike most justifications of state intervention, intellectual property purports to solve a problem of market failure. New ideas are costly to create and the supporters of IP would...
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Real Property Rights
People should be compensated when government diminishes their property rights, not just when they are taken away entirely, says John Humphreys.There has never been a successful society that was not based on a system of private property rights. The reason...
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Rent Seeking Never Dies
"The rent seekers are always with us' Ray Evans declared last month when he launched a new biography of Bert Kelly, the great Australian free trade advocate and parliamentarian.There was an echo of the Bible in his words. They were meant to be profound....
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Should Government Force Companies to Be Responsible?
No, argues Kesten Green. Enforced corporate social responsibility restricts the choice of firms and individuals.Since at least the 1960s, advocates have called for firms to be socially responsible. Governments have responded. But what does it mean for...
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The Big Government Merry-Go-Round
Tim Andrews demonstrates how your taxes fund radical political causes.Unintentional self-parody has long being a forte of governments around the world.Yet a movement in recent years to create multi-layered government and quasi-governmental agencies,...
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The Chinese Capitalist Miracle
Alan Moran asks, how did China transform itself into a modern economic success?The Chinese economic miracle is the latest and most comprehensive success story since the end of World War II. Veteran economists Ronald Coase and Ning Wang explain how in...
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The Economics of Food
The economics of foodJames Bolt explains how economic knowledge can improve your lunch.Have you ever not ordered something at a restaurant because it had strange ingredients, and ordered the roast chicken instead? Ever tried a restaurant because the...
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The Folly of Preventative Healthcare
Brian Bedkober explains the source of inefficiency and high costs in the health system,Commencing with Otto von Bismarck (and some would say even earlier) the role of the state in protecting its subjects from various risks has been steadily increasing....
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The Ghost Written Article the Government Wanted Us to Publish
Communicatiion Minister Stephen Conroy says this article, secretly written by his department and offered to the IPA Review, is 'a huge improvement on the rubbish they normally print'. We thought we'd print this abridged version and allow IPA members...
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The International Law Delusion
The left's obsession with international law is out of step with legal reality, says Simon Breheny.Australian barrister and international lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC once gave a speech entitled 'no-one is above the law.' Of course he's right. But such...
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The Life and Times of the Modest Member
The life and times of the modest memberRichard Ailsop reviews a book on Bert Kelly, one of the most important Australian parIiamentarians of the 20th century.The publication of this new biography of legendary antitariff campaigner, Bert Kelly, is particularly...
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The Monet Dilemma
Environmentalists are incapable of making trade-offs, says John Shipp.The Vision of the Anointed by Thomas Sowell is a well-argued book by a conservative American underappreciated by Australian audiences. Subtitled 'SelfCongratulation as the Basis for...
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The True Costs of Government Spending
Government spending hurts the economy much more than politicians claim, argues Julie Novak.The Gillard governments recently released statement on the final budget outcome for 201 1-12 shows the level of federal government spending keeps growing and growing...
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The Welfare State and Its Consequences
The welfare state and its consequencesThe era of the welfare state is ending, but at a heavy cost, writes Julie Novak.The welfare state in its existing form, dominated by government financing and provision of payments and services from cradle to grave,...
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Why the Press Gallery Failed Us, and Why They Will Again
John Roskam and James Paterson argue we can no longer rely on the media to hold governments to account.One of the most revealing stories in modern Australian politics comes from James Button- a speechwriter for Kevin Rudd for a short time in 2009.Buttons...
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