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Articles from Vol. 64, No. 2, August

Be like Gough: 75 Radical Ideas to Transform Australia
To be a transformative prime minister, Tony Abbott needs to learn from Gough Whitlam and go radical early, say John Roskam, James Paterson and Chris Berg.If Tony Abbott wants to leave a lasting impact- and secure his place in history- he needs to take...
Bias in the News
Andrew McIntyre on why journalists lean left, and why government regulation will make it worse.A very timely new book from America, Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind by Tim Groseclose, confirms what many feel to be the reality:...
Build Them Now
Northern Australia could be the food bowl for Asia, if only governments dropped their irrational opposition to dam construction, argues Fiona Tracey.Dams have been off the policy agenda in Australia for at least the last two decades. In fear of a backlash...
Can the IPCC Be Trusted?
The world's supposedly pre-eminent scientific body doesn't live up to its own standards, argues Donna Laframboise.When I set out to research climate change three years ago, little did I imagine that Td end up writing an exposé of the Intergovernmental...
Civil War in the Greens
Watch the Greens. Watch them very carefully. Bob Browns retirement does not mean the party is over. Rather, Brown has executed a very clever bid to boost both their vote and coffers.Civil war has been raging in the Greens all year. It flared up spectacularly...
Class in America
Class in AmericaTim Wilson reviews a new book that undermines the idea of America as a classless society.Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 By Charles Murray Crown Forum, 2012, 416 pagesOne of the great strengths of American society...
Conventional Wisdom
Conventional wisdom James Bolt reviews a book that could have been so much more. The Australian Moment By George Mega loge ? is Penguin Books, 2012, 400 pagesWith the federal government finally forecasting Australia's first surplus since the global financial...
End the Nanny State to Win
Telling people what to do is not good politics or good policy, says Christian Kerr.As the polls plunge and a tide of sleaze threatens the government, Labor has responded with a storm of class war rhetoric unseen in decades.The prime minister has declared...
Greed and Politics
Greed and politics Big government inevitably tempts influence-peddlers, argues Kyle Kutasi. Capitol Punishme The Hard Truth Abo Washington from America's Most Notorious Lobbyist By Jack Abramoff WND Books, 201 1, 320 pages'The main thing about money...
How Western Civilisation Came to Be
How Western Civilisation came to be Richard Allsop reviews a fascinating new book on the beginnings of classical Europe. The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from TroytoAugusth By Simon Price and PeterThonemann Penguin Books, 2010, 398 pagesPenguin...
In Defence of Ideology
IN AN IDEOLOGY-FREE ZONE, IS IT EVEN POSSIBLE TO IDENTIFY WHAT 'PROBLEMS' ARE?Since when did ideology become a bad thing? It seems like the last thing modern politicians want to be accused of is an ideological approach to policy. In September 2010 Labor...
Real Conservatives
Real conservatives John Roskam reviews the authoritative history of the British Conservative Party. The Conservatives: A History by Robyn Harris By Robyn Harris Bantam Press, 2011, 640 pagesThis is a marvellous book. It has many things to recommend it....
Religion and Politics
Religion and politicsIs there still a place for religious values in public policy, asks John Shipp.Rabbi Dr Shimon Cowen studies the most fundamental question of both ancient and modern political philosophy: should political authority be based on the...
The Market Works
Peter Gregory explains why cheap private schools deliver better services in the developing world than their better funded public rivals.This observation from a Kenyan mother describes in a nutshell why millions of parents in slums across the developing...
The Soviet Origins of Hate-Speech Laws
In this exclusive edited extract from his new book, Chris Berg uncovers the little-known origins of laws that restrict free speech.Should Nazis have the right to free speech? Adolf Hitlers Germany, obviously, had no liberty of expression. Must freedom...
The Totalitarian Urge to Censor
Those who favour restrictions on free speech ally themselves with dictators, argues Jennifer Oriel.Like many a journalist past, Nick Cohen has raised the battle flag against censors. The reason is simple; people who love language should never salute...
Why Can't We All Just Get Along?
WHY CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG? Chris Berg on a book that might explain our ideological divides. The Righteous Mind: Wh by Politics and Relig By Jonathan Haidt Pantheon, 2012, 448 pagesFew recent social science books have arrived with as much acclaim...
You Gotta Fight. . .for Your Right. .
The United States of America. The Land of the Free. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Washington. Jefferson. Lincoln.This is the nation that gave us Sinatra, Elvis, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, Willie Nelson, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Nirvana,...