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All Ideas about Liberty Publications

  • The Age of Endarkenment

    Brendan O'Neill, Nick Cater | 23 Oct 2014 | Occasional Papers

    Humans are wealthier, happier and more comfortable than any previous generation thanks to science and technology. So why...

  • The Enlightenment Made Us

    Nick Cater | 23 Oct 2014 | Occasional Papers

    Nick Cater examines the Enlightenment ideals that helped shape our uniquely Australian culture, and asks whether the pragmatism...

  • A Quartet of Freedoms: Freedom of Religion, Speech, Association and Conscience

    Jeremy Sammut, Peter Kurti, Robert Forsyth | 16 Oct 2014 | Occasional Papers

    An aggressive secular culture, combined with the diminished standing of religious organisations in Australia, is putting...

  • Preserving Peace as China Rises II: Preparing for a Post-American Asian Order

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 01 Sep 2014 | Foreign Policy Analysis

    With US leadership unable to guarantee peace and security in the Indo-Pacific this century, the region will need to transition...

  • The Forgotten Freedom: Threats to Religious Liberty in Australia

    Peter Kurti | 01 Jul 2014 | Policy Monographs

    When religious followers try to express their beliefs about topics such as same-sex marriage, they are frequently met with...

  • Catholic Resistance to German State Persecution: Lessons for Modern Australia

    Dyson Heydon, Peter Kurti, Robert Forsyth | 30 May 2014 | Occasional Papers

    Anti-Catholic sectarianism is on the rise in Australian society even though Australian Catholicism has made an extraordinary...

  • Submission to the National Commission of Audit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Stephen Kirchner, Trisha Jha | 01 Apr 2014 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal government’s Commission of Audit (CoA) was established in 2013 to review the performance and role of government....

  • Preserving Peace as China Rises I

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 13 Mar 2014 | Foreign Policy Analysis

    Inventive foreign policy that can simultaneously reassure the Indo-Pacific’s established powers and accommodate Chinese...

  • Independent Charities, Independent Regulators: The Future of Not-for-Profit Regulation

    Helen Andrews | 06 Feb 2014 | Issue Analysis

    Abolishing the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission is a necessary first step in fostering an independent...

  • Multiculturalism and the Fetish of Diversity

    Peter Kurti | 10 Dec 2013 | Policy Monographs

    Multiculturalism began as a response to the White Australia policy and continues to enjoy public support. But a new, ‘hard’...

  • Emergency Budget Repair Kit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The federal budget deficit has been described as an emergency. Cutting wasteful programs can save more than $20 billion a...

  • TARGET30 SNAPSHOT: Emergency Budget Repair Kit

    Alexander Philipatos, Jennifer Buckingham, Jeremy Sammut, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan, Trisha Jha | 21 Nov 2013 | TARGET30 Snapshots

    The federal budget deficit has been described as an emergency. Cutting wasteful programs can save more than $20 billion a...

  • Accountable Authoritarianism: Why China’s Democratic Deficit Will Last

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 31 Oct 2013 | Foreign Policy Analysis

    The Chinese Communist Party’s evolving model of ‘accountable authoritarianism’ is set to prove that prosperity need...

  • TARGET30: Reducing the burden for future generations

    David Murray AO, Maurice Newman, Simon Cowan | 01 Jul 2013 | Policy Forum

    TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government and cutting government spending to less than 30% of GDP in the next 10...

  • A Fair Go: Fact or Fiction?

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 09 May 2013 | Policy Monographs

    The Australian ideal of a fair go is fact rather than fiction. By offering all individuals the opportunity to capitalise...

  • In the Pay of the Piper: Governments, Not-for-Profits, and the Burden of Regulation

    Peter Kurti | 23 Apr 2013 | Issue Analysis

    Reforms intended to boost confidence in Australian charities risk turning the charitable sector into just another arm of...

  • After the Welfare State: Politicians Stole Your Future … You Can Get It Back

    Tom Palmer | 08 Apr 2013 | Occasional Papers

    History, economics, sociology, political science, and mathematics are the tools to understand and evaluate welfare states,...

  • Tax Welfare Churn and the Australian Welfare State

    Andrew Baker | 27 Mar 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    The welfare state currently consumes $316 billion a year; however, much of this spending is not targeted at those who need...

  • TARGET30 SNAPSHOT: Tax Welfare Churn and the Australian Welfare State

    Andrew Baker | 27 Mar 2013 | TARGET30 Snapshots

    The welfare state currently consumes $316 billion a year; however, much of this spending is not targeted at those who need...

  • TARGET30: Towards smaller government and future prosperity

    Peter Saunders, Robert Carling, Simon Cowan | 06 Mar 2013 | TARGET30 Papers

    TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government, supported by a series of research reports providing policy solutions...

  • TARGET30 SNAPSHOT: Towards smaller government and future prosperity

    Simon Cowan | 06 Mar 2013 | TARGET30 Snapshots

    TARGET30 is a campaign promoting smaller government, supported by a series of research reports providing policy solutions...

  • What Kind of Religion Is Free in the Public Square? A Warning from the United States

    Ryan Messmore | 06 Mar 2013 | Occasional Papers

    In the 14th Acton Lecture, Dr Ryan Messmore, President of Campion College, asks what kind of religion is free in the public...

  • Australia and the Asian Ascendancy: Why Upskilling is Not Necessary to Reap the Rewards

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 19 Feb 2013 | Issue Analysis

    Government programs to upskill the Australian workforce for the Asian Century are a solution to a non-problem. With more...

  • Capitalism and Virtue: Reaffirming Old Truths

    Charles Murray | 07 Feb 2013 | Occasional Papers

    In the 2012 Annual John Bonython Lecture, eminent political scientist Charles Murray describes the larger historical forces...

  • Moral Wisdom and the Recovery of Virtue

    Peter Kurti | 06 Feb 2013 | Occasional Papers

    What are the moral skills we need to cultivate to live effectively in the social media world of the twenty-first century...

  • Panacea to Prison? Justice Reinvestment in Indigenous Communities

    Sara Hudson | 31 Jan 2013 | Policy Monographs

    High Indigenous incarceration has elicited a long list of so-called solutions over the years. Yet the percentage of Aboriginal...

  • Leadership, Liberty and the Crisis of Authority

    Frank Furedi | 15 Oct 2012 | Occasional Papers

    In the 27th John Bonython Lecture, Frank Furedi discussed the distinct lack of leadership needed to deal with the many crises...

  • After the Riot: the Meaning for Multicultural Australia

    Benjamin Herscovitch, Jeremy Sammut, Peter Kurti | 11 Oct 2012 | Issue Analysis

    The riot on 15 September in the Sydney CBD by Muslim protestors has raised questions about the health of Australian multiculturalism....

  • Australia's Asia Literacy Non-Problem

    Benjamin Herscovitch | 05 Sep 2012 | Issue Analysis

    New large-scale Asia literacy programs are not necessary for Australia to prosper in the Asian Century. There are approximately...

  • What’s New with Anti-Semitism?

    Paul Kelly, Peter Kurti, Philip Mendes | 13 Aug 2012 | Policy Forum

    Criticism of Israeli government domestic policy has intensified in Australia with the emergence of the international Boycott,...

  • FEATURE: Robust Political Economy

    Mark Pennington | 07 Feb 2012 | POLICY Magazine

    A discussion of the challenges and criticisms facing classical liberals today.

  • FEATURE: Religious Liberty in Nation-States: Practice, Principles and Ideas

    Samuel Gregg | 07 Feb 2012 | POLICY Magazine

    Religious liberty has become a more contentious issue in today’s globalised world.

  • You Can’t Say That! Freedom of Speech and the Invisible Muzzle

    Brendan O'Neill, James Allan, Janet Albrechtsen, Thilo Sarrazin | 06 Feb 2012 | Occasional Papers

    This collection of four speeches warns against the increasing restrictions on free speech in a world being taken over by...

  • The Kingdom of God is Forcefully Advancing and Forceful Men Lay Hold of It

    David Coltart | 14 Sep 2011 | Occasional Papers

    In the CIS’s annual Acton Lecture on Religion and Freedom, Senator David Coltart discusses the application of biblical...

  • INTERVIEW: The Dignity of the Bourgeoisie

    Matthew Shaffer | 20 Aug 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    Deidre McCloskey explains to Matthew Shaffer how, around 1700, a new way of thinking gave birth to the modern world.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Speech Matters: Getting Free Speech Right

    Thomas Morgan | 20 Aug 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    Speech Matters: Getting Free Speech Right by Katharine Gelber (University of Queensland Press, 2011.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement

    Don Arthur | 20 Aug 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character and Achievement by David Brooks (Random House, 2011.)

  • Book Review: The Price of Freedom Denied: Religious Persecution and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century

    John Shellard | 20 Aug 2011 | POLICY Magazine

    The Price of Freedom Denied: Religious Persecution and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century by Brian J. Grim and Roger Finke...

  • The Multi-layered Hayek

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 22 Dec 2010 | Occasional Papers

    Friedrich August von Hayek was one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century. His contributions ranged from economics...

  • Reconciling Modernity and Tradition in a Liberal Society

    Chandran Kukathas | 21 Dec 2010 | Occasional Papers

    The distinction between traditional and modern is not a very useful one for understanding the problems confronting liberal...

  • Ludwig von Mises – A Primer

    Eamonn Butler | 16 Dec 2010 | Occasional Papers

    In Ludwig von Mises – A Primer, Eamonn Butler presents a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the outstanding achievements...

  • Constitutional Conservatism

    Peter Berkowitz | 15 Dec 2010 | Occasional Papers

    In The Centre for Independent Studies’ annual Acton Lecture on Religion and Freedom, Hoover Institution scholar Dr Peter...

  • BOOK REVIEW: A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy

    John Heard | 01 Sep 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    A Revolution of the Mind: Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy By Jonathan Israel (Princeton...

  • REVIEW ESSAY: Judge Them by Their Actions

    Michael Duffy | 17 Jun 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell (Basic Books, 2009.)

  • April 2010 e-PreCIS

    Greg Lindsay | 01 Apr 2010 | e-PreCIS

    In the introduction to the 1982 publication The New Conservatism in Australia edited by Robert Manne, the editor admits ‘to...

  • FEATURE: We're All Cultural Libertarians

    Kerry Howley | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Freedom is about more than just the absence of government.

  • FEATURE: No One True Culture of Liberty

    Daniel McCarthy | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Tolerance is important but difficult to define and easily subverted.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Ayn Rand and the World She Made & Goddess of the Market

    Stephen Kirchner | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    For an author whose novels have consistently sold in the hundreds of thousands for more than half a century, Ayn Rand is...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Prosecuting Heads of State

    Chula Na Ranong | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

    Prosecuting Heads of State by Ellen L. Lutz and Caitlin Reiger (Eds.) (Cambridge University Press, 2009.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Lessons From the Global Financial Crisis: The Relevance of Adam Smith on Morality and Free Markets

    Michael Warby | 22 Mar 2010 | POLICY Magazine

     Lessons from the Global Financial Crisis: The Relevance of Adam Smith on Morality and Free Markets by Richard Morgan (Connor...

  • February 2010 e-PreCIS

    Greg Lindsay | 01 Feb 2010 | e-PreCIS

    Eighteen months ago in Tokyo, my two year term as President of the Mont Pelerin Society, founded by F.A. Hayek in the wake...

  • BOOK REVIEW: For the Common Good: Principles of American Academic Freedom

    Steven Schwartz | 12 Dec 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    For the Common Good: Principles of American Academic Freedom by Matthew W. Finkin and Robert C. Post (Yale University Press,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Up from the Mission: Selected writings

    Sara Hudson | 12 Dec 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Up from the Mission: Selected Writings by Noel Pearson (Black Inc, 2009).

  • BOOK REVIEW: Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Can Europe be the same with different people in it?

    Joel Malan | 12 Dec 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Can Europe Be the Same with Different People in It? by Christopher Caldwell (Penguin,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Reflections On The Revolution In Europe: Can Europe Be The Same With Different People In It?

    Joel Malan | 12 Dec 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Can Europe Be the Same with Different People in It? by Christopher Caldwell (Penguin,...

  • FEATURE: Slaves of the Bonus Culture

    | 12 Dec 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Regulation and incentives are replacing professionalism. The inner motivation of professional integrity becomes gradually...

  • Invisible Hand versus Visible Fist: Securing the Future Wealth of Nations

    P.J. O'Rourke | 01 Nov 2009 | Occasional Papers

    In the 25th John Bonython Lecture, PJ O'Rourke presents his views of the economic and financial crisis that is shaking the...

  • FEATURE: The Rights of the Future?

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 15 Sep 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    The present generation cannot easily speak for people yet to be born whose circumstances we cannot know.

  • FEATURE: Justice and Markets

    Richard Mulgan | 15 Sep 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Hayek rejected justice arguments for and against the market. But his reasons do not logically rule out moderating market...

  • FEATURE: What Do Economic Liberals Believe?

    Andrew Norton | 15 Sep 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    There is more diversity of opinion among economic liberals than terms like ‘free-market fundamentalism’.

  • INTERVIEW: Give Smith a Chance

    Paul Comrie-Thomson | 15 Sep 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Paul Comrie-Thomson talks to P J O'Rourke about Adam Smith, Finance, Mustang Cars and much else.

  • COMMENT: Conservatism and Classic Liberalism: A Rapproachment

    Sam Roggeveen | 06 Jun 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    "Why I am Not a Liberal" This essay examines what classical liberals dislike about conservatism, asking whether or not...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Christian Theology and Market Economics

    Robert Forsyth | 04 Jun 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Christian Theology and Market Economics by Ian Harper and Saumel Gregg (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2008).

  • REVIEW ESSAY: On Liberty at 150

    Andrew Norton | 04 Jun 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    On Liberty by John Stuart Mill (Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Penguin Books and many other publishers:...

  • INTERVIEW: The Art Instinct

    Denis Dutton | 04 Jun 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Luke Malpass talks to Denis Dutton about his new book on the evolutionary origins of our appreciation for art.

  • Neoliberalism: The Genesis of a Political Swearword

    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 19 May 2009 | Occasional Papers

    Neoliberalism is one of the most commonly used words in political debates. Despite this, the origins of neoliberalism are...

  • The Servile State: Studies in Empirical Philosophy

    John Anderson | 01 Apr 2009 | CIS Classics

    John Anderson has two passions - philosophy and freedom, and The Servile State is philosophy analysing social and moral tendencies...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Not With a Bang But a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline

    Leon Di Stefano | 03 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Not with a Bang But a Whimper: The Politics and Culture of Decline by Theodore Dalrymple (Monday Books, 2009).

  • BOOK REVIEW:The Henson Case

    Benjamin Hourigan | 03 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    The Henson Case by David Marr (Text Publishing, 2008).

  • ROSS PARISH ESSAY: Does Liberty Lead to Decadence?

    Misha Saloukvadze | 03 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    The liberty to be decadent should be valued. The empowerment of the individual to make that choice, to be allowed to lead...

  • ROSS PARISH ESSAY: Liberty, Time Preference and Decadence

    Ben O'Neill | 03 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    It is the welfare state—not liberty—that fosters decadence, says Ben O’Neill

  • FEATURE: Liberalism and Hate Laws: Toleration versus Tolerance

    John Shellard | 03 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Attempts to create interpersonal tolerance undermine state toleration, writes John Shellard.

  • FEATURE: Classical Liberalism and International Relations

    Edwin Van De Haar | 03 Mar 2009 | POLICY Magazine

    Classical liberal ideas apply between states as well as within states, explains Edwin van de Haar.

  • FEATURE: Art and The Enlightenment Project

    Jonathan Le Cocq | 12 Dec 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Art for the audience, rather than art for art's sake, is one characteristics found in the Enlightenment view of the arts.

  • FEATURE: Dr Friedman and Mr Hyde: The Rise of Disaster Polemics

    Johan Norberg | 12 Dec 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Naomi Klein's attack on Milton Friedman misses its target.

  • REVIEW ESSAY: Clive Hamilton, The Universe and Everything

    Jeremy Shearmur | 12 Dec 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Clive Hamilton asks some interesting quesitions but gives unconvincing answers, writes Jeremy Shearmur in The Freedom Paradox:...

  • FEATURE: Common Sense: The Past and Future of the Debate Between Libertarians and Conservatives

    John Heard | 15 Sep 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Fusing conservatism and libertarianism continues to work- so ignore any theoretical difficulties.

  • FEATURE: The Trouble With Religious Hatred Laws

    Steve Edwards | 15 Sep 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Religions and their followers should receive no special protection from spoken hostility.

  • REVIEW ESSAY: Popper's Critique of 'Free-Market Ideology'

    Jeremy Shearmur | 15 Sep 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Popper's views on the role of government in a free society do not always fit easily within the classical liberal tradition.

  • REVIEW ESSAY: The New Hysteria

    Munira Mirza | 15 Sep 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    We can't blame the demise of Enlightenment thinking on diet doctors and Islamists alone.

  • The Role of Government in a Liberal Society

    Suri Ratnapala | 02 Sep 2008 | Occasional Papers

    Modern government has grown out  of all proportion, becoming a serious threat to life, liberty, property and the public...

  • Must Religion be a Threat to Liberty?

    Robert Sirico | 05 Jul 2008 | Occasional Papers

    Does Christianity destroy or defend freedom? Answering this question, Fr Robert A. Sirico turns to the foundations of Christianity.

  • Adam Smith - A Primer

    Eamonn Butler | 04 Jul 2008 | Occasional Papers

    Despite his fame, there is still widespread ignorance about the breadth of Adam Smith's contrinbutions to economics, politics...

  • The False Promise of GP Super Clinics Part 2: Coordinated Care

    Jeremy Sammut | 20 Jun 2008 | Policy Monographs

    The report’s author Jeremy Sammut examines the evidence for the Rudd government’s plan to use GP Super Clinics to boost...

  • OPINION: There’s No Such Thing as a Free Parking Space

    Krystian Seibert | 04 Jun 2008 | POLICY Magazine

    Minimum parking regulations ensure there’s plenty of space for our cars at the shops but we pay a hefty price for it.

  • Do Secular Societies Promote Religious Extremism?

    Tom Frame | 07 Apr 2008 | Occasional Papers

    In the Annual Acton Lecture Tom Frame looks at secularism in society. He concludes that in a genuinely secular society all...

  • FEATURE: Ross Parish Essay Competition

    Ross Parish | 12 Dec 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Have two hundred years of liberal capitalism made us any happier?

  • FEATURE: Why Capitalism is Good for the Soul

    Peter Saunders | 12 Dec 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Capitalism provides the conditions for creating worthwhile lives.

  • Milton Friedman: A Tribute

    Maurice Newman | 04 Dec 2007 | Occasional Papers

    Nobel-Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman died in late 2006. In March 2007, the CIS hosted a tribute to Friedman and...

  • BOOK REVIEW:The Commercial Society: Foundations and Challenges in a Global Age

    Barry Maley | 09 Sep 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    The Commercial Society: Foundations and Challenges in a Global Age by Samuel Gregg (Lexington Books, 2007).

  • BOOK REVIEW: Actual Ethics

    Jonathan Crowe | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Actual Ethics by James R Otterson (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

  • BOOK REVIEW: Alexis de Tocqueville: Propehet of Democracy in the Age of Revolution- A Biography

    Samuel Gregg | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Alexis de Tocqueville: Propehet of Democracy in the Age of Revolution- A Biography by Hugh Brogan (Profile Books, 2007).

  • FEATURE: Cultural Nationalism: The Last Resort of Scoundrels

    Eric Jones | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Protectionism has spread to culture.

  • FEATURE: Enlightening Islam

    Leonie Phillips | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Leonie Phillips talks with Ayaan Hirsi Ali about Islam and liberalism.

  • FEATURE: Liberal Egalitarianism and Religious Vilification Laws

    Darryn Jensen | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Equality of persons is a stronger foundation for freedom of speech than fallibility of knowledge argues.

  • FEATURE: Milton Friedman on the Wallaby Track

    William Coleman | 06 Jun 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Milton Friedman and monetarism both visited Australia in the 1970s.

  • Religion and Politics: Contemporary Tensions

    Paul Kelly | 12 May 2007 | Occasional Papers

    Religion has always been important but the decline in Christian practice in recent decades led to a widespread assumption...

  • History as the Story of Liberty: A Globalised Western Civilisation

    Arthur Herman | 05 May 2007 | Occasional Papers

    In this lecture, Dr Herman explores how a prosperous and culturally diverse world depends on the human freedoms embedded...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of a Theo van Gogh and The Limits of Tolerance

    Joel Malan | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance by Ian Buruma (Atlantic Books, 2006).

  • BOOK REVIEW: Reviving the Invisible Hand: The Case for Classical Liberalism in the Twenty First Century

    Jason Soon | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Reviving the Invisible Hand: The case for classical liberalism in the twenty first century by Deepak Lal (Princeton University...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, How To Get It Back

    John Heard | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    The Conservative Soul: How We Lost It, How To Get It Back by Andrew Sullivan (Harper Collins, 2006).

  • FEATURE: Does Kevin Rudd Need to Save Families From Capitalism?

    Peter Saunders | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    The Labor leader is relying on an old and discredited view of communal life in a market society.

  • FEATURE: Taking Classical Lliberalism to People

    John Humphreys | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    A classical liberal party can have influence without election victory.

  • FEATURE: The History of Liberty in Australia

    Greg Melleuish | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Australians have preferred a protective form of liberty.

  • INTERVIEW: Choice Words from Milton

    Brian Doherty | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    More than three decades of wisdom from the late champion of liberty, culled from the pages of reason.

  • FEATURE SUPPLEMENT: The Classical Liberal Constituency

    Andrew Norton | 03 Mar 2007 | POLICY Magazine

    Is there a constituency for classical liberal or libertarian politics?

  • BOOK REVIEW: The End of Commitment: Intellectuals, Revolutionaries and Political Morality in the Twentieth Century

    Greg Melleuish | 12 Dec 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    The End of Commitment: Revolutionaries, and Political Morality in the Twentieth Century by Paul Hollander (Ivan R Dee, 2006).

  • REVIEW ESSAY: Surf For The Rest of Your Lives, The American Taxpayer will Support You

    Peter Saunders | 12 Dec 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    In Our Hands: A Place to Replace the Welfare State by Charles Murray (AEI Press, 2006).

  • ROSS PARISH ESSAY: Fat Kids? Go For Your Life

    Jess Moir | 12 Dec 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    A critique of state intervention to prevent childhood obesity.

  • ROSS PARISH ESSAY: Freedom From Choice: The Government's Futile Quest To Take The Risk Out of Life

    John Humphreys | 12 Dec 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    The costs of protecting people from themselves are apparent in drug prohibition.

  • DEBATE: On the Right To Give Offence

    Steve Edwards | 09 Sep 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Freedom of speech should cede nothing to religious sensibilities.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Adam Smith and the Pursuit of Perfect Liberty

    Nicholas Gruen | 09 Sep 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Adam Smith and the pursuit of perfect liberty by James Buchanan (Profile Books, 2006).

  • BOOK REVIEW: Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-Utopian Age

    Jeremy Shearmur | 07 Jul 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-Utopian Age by Russell Jacoby (Columbia University Press, 2005).

  • Family Relationship Centres: Why We Don’t Need Them

    Arti Sharma | 12 Apr 2006 | Issue Analysis

    As part of a major overhaul of the Family Law Act, the Australian government plans to spend $200 million establishing a network...

  • Farewell to Liberty, Equality and Fraternity: Is the Left still on the Left?

    Dirk Maxeiner, Michael Miersch | 03 Mar 2006 | Occasional Papers

    In this Occasional Paper translated by Wolfgang Kasper, two German analysts, Dirk Maxeiner and Michael Miersch argue that...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Ethics of Identity

    John Heard | 03 Mar 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    The Ethics of Identity by Kwame Anthony Appiah (Princeton University Press, 2005).

  • INTERVIEW: The CIS at Thirty

    Andrew Norton | 03 Mar 2006 | POLICY Magazine

    Andrew Norton interviews Executive Director Greg Lindsay on the CIS' work and influence.

  • Sensory Order and Economic Order: The links between human cognition and economic freedom in Hayek's thought.

    Julie Novak | 01 Mar 2006 | Occasional Papers

    In this paper, Julie Novak illustrates the connection between The Sensory Order and Hayek's economic thought.  His psychological...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Isaiah Berlin: Liberty and Pluralism

    Christian Porter | 12 Dec 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Isaiah Berlin: Liberty and Pluralism by George Crowder (Polity Press, 2004.)

  • FEATURE: Preaching to the Converted? The Limits of Religious Arguments in Politics

    Jonathan Crowe | 12 Dec 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Religious believers should make secular arguments.

  • The Wealth of Generations:Capitalism and the Belief in the Future

    Johan Norberg | 28 Nov 2005 | Occasional Papers

    In this John Bonython Lecture, with optimism and humour, Johan Norberg looks forward to a future which can only improve with...

  • Smothering By the Security Blanket: Risk, Responsibility and the Role of Government

    Caspar Conde | 19 Sep 2005 | Occasional Papers

    To what extent can the government manage risk in our society without smothering self-responsibility and impinging on personal...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Against the Flow: Reflections of an Individualist

    Julie Novak | 09 Sep 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Against the Flow: Reflections of an Individualist by Samuel Brittain (Atlantic Books, 2005).

  • FEATURE: Faith and Politics: Separation or Synergy

    Darryn Jensen | 09 Sep 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Religious beliefs can guide politicians while preserving the separation of church and state.

  • FEATURE: Forced To Be Free? Compelling Voluntary Student Unionism

    Charles Richardson | 09 Sep 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    The ossified politics of an earlier era are behind the VSU bill.

  • FEATURE: The Scientist's Pursuit of Happiness

    Johan Norberg | 09 Sep 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Free societies provide the conditions for happiness.

  • In Defence of Global Capitalism

    Johan Norberg | 02 Jun 2005 | Special Publications

    Norberg refutes, systematically and thoroughly, the tenets of the anti-globalisation movement.  Johan Norberg illustrates...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Escape From Hunger and Premature Death, 1700-2100: Europe, America and the Third World

    Eric Rodjo Ralph | 03 Mar 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    The Escape from Hunger and Premature Death, 1700-2100: Europe, America and the Third World by Robert William Fogel (Cambridge...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Well May We Say: The Speeches That Made Australia

    Greg Melleuish | 03 Mar 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Well May We Say: The Speeches That Made Australia by Sally Warhaft (Black Inc, 2004).

  • DEBATE: Global IP Markets Require Global Consistency

    Tony Healy | 03 Mar 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Rationalising international property rights across borders will promote creativity and prosperity worldwide: A reply to Kimberlee...

  • FEATURE: Do We Really Need Religious Vilification Laws?

    Steven Bishop | 03 Mar 2005 | POLICY Magazine

    Religious vilification laws are diminishing freedom of speech.

  • Liberty and Liberalism

    Bruce Smith | 01 Jan 2005 | CIS Classics

    A Protest against the growing tendency toward undue interference by the state, with individual liberty, private enterprise...

  • REVIEW ESSAYS: Habits of the Mind & Habits of the Heart

    Barry Maley | 12 Dec 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    The Roads to Modernity: The British, French and American Enlightenment by Gertrude Himmerlfarb (Knopft, 2004).

  • Conspicuous Compassion: Why sometimes it really is cruel to be kind

    Patrick West | 19 Sep 2004 | Occasional Papers

    This book by Patrick West challenges the trend towards dramatic public displays of 'concern' which have very little to do...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Hayek's Challenge: An Intellectual Biography of F.A. Hayek

    Jeremy Shearmur | 06 Jun 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Hayek's Challenge: An Intellectual Biography of F.A. Hayek by Bruce Caldwell (University of Chicago Press, 2004.)

  • Rendering Unto Caesar: New Challenges for Church and State

    Samuel Gregg | 18 May 2004 | Occasional Papers

    In considering contemporary church-state relations, Gregg argues that religious communities need to reassess their role,...

  • The Long Eye of the Law Closed Circuit Television, Crime Prevention and Civil Liberties

    Caspar Conde | 14 Apr 2004 | Issue Analysis

    The NSW Law Reform Commission is considering a proposal that all CCTV surveillance camera footage older than 21 days should...

  • BOOK REVIEW: A Perilous and Fighting Life: From Communist To Conservative,The Political Writings of Professor John Anderson

    Jim Packer | 03 Mar 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    A Perilous and Fighting Life: From Communist to Conservative, The Political Writings of Professor John Anderson by Mark Weblin...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Corrupting the Youth: A History of Philosophy in Australia

    Amalia Matheson | 03 Mar 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Corrupting the Youth: A History of Philosophy in Australia by James Franklin (Macleay Press, 2003).

  • BOOK REVIEW: Orwell's Australia: From Cold War to Culture War

    Martin Sheehan | 03 Mar 2004 | POLICY Magazine

    Orwell's Australia: From Cold War to Culture War by Dennis Glover (Scribe Publications, 2003).

  • RESPONSES BY INVITATION: Three Cheers for the Anglosphere

    David Flint | 12 Dec 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    (In response to American Grand Strategy: The Imperial Logic of Bush's Liberal Agenda by Edward Rhodes in POLICY Summer 2003.) Three...

  • RESPONSES BY INVITATION: Fighting Words

    Coral Bell | 12 Dec 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    (In response to American Grand Strategy: The Imperial Logic of Bush's Liberal Agenda by Edward Rhodes in POLICY Summer 2003.) Fighting...

  • RESPONSES BY INVITATION: A Call To Inaction

    Peter Jennings | 12 Dec 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    (In response to American Grand Strategy: The Imperial Logic of Bush's Liberal Agenda by Edward Rhodes in POLICY Summer 2003.) A...

  • RESPONSES BY INVITATION: The 'Vision Thing'

    Allan Gyngell | 12 Dec 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    (In response to American Grand Strategy: The Imperial Logic of Bush's Liberal Agenda by Edward Rhodes in POLICY Summer 2003.) The...

  • Christian Morality and Market Capitalism: Friends or Foes?

    Ian Harper | 21 Oct 2003 | Occasional Papers

    In the 5th Annual CIS Acton Lecture on Religion & Freedom, Ian Harper explores the moral basis of market capitalism––its...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Straw dogs: Thoughts On Humans and Other Animals

    Jeremy Shearmur | 03 Mar 2003 | POLICY Magazine

    Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals by John Gray (Grants, 2002).

  • Islam in Pluralist Indonesia

    Mohammad Fajrul Falaakh | 03 Oct 2002 | Occasional Papers

    In this, The Acton Lecture on Religion and Freedom for 2002, noted Indonesian academic Mohammad Fajrul Falaakh discusses...

  • SCHOOLS BRIEF: I, Pencil

    Leonard E. Read | 09 Sep 2002 | POLICY Magazine

    Making pencils would not be possible without free markets, a simple truth that is often used to defend private enterprise.

  • INTERVIEW: Back To Human Nature?

    Andrew Norton | 09 Sep 2002 | POLICY Magazine

    Francis Fukuyama, internationally renowned philosopher and author of the recently released book, Our Posthuman Future: Consequence...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Robert Nozick

    Jonathan Crowe | 06 Jun 2002 | POLICY Magazine

    Robert Novick by A. R. Lacey (Princeton University Press, 2001.)

  • The Social Foundations of a Free Society

    Peter Saunders | 12 Feb 2002 | Occasional Papers

    A look at five main areas where current trends may be eroding the free society - family life, schooling, community relations,...

  • Dangerous Protections: How Some Ways of Protecting the Freedom of Religion May Actually Diminish Religious Freedom.

    Robert Forsyth | 24 Sep 2001 | Occasional Papers

    The 2001 Acton Lecture on Religion and Freedom delivered by Robert Forsyth.  Sometimes efforts to achieve good can backfire,...

  • COMMENT: Can a Liberal Society Tolerate Illiberal Elements?

    Chandran Kukathas | 06 Jun 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    Interpretation of the libertarian first principle- a belief in individual freedom- presents a difficult philosophical choice...

  • COMMENT: The Crisis of Human Rights

    Samuel Gregg | 03 Mar 2001 | POLICY Magazine

    The concept of human rights evolved to buttress liberty by protecting people from excessive state power. Now it is being...

  • Playing with Fire: Churches, Welfare Services and Government Contracts

    Samuel Gregg | 14 Aug 2000 | Issue Analysis

    Striking a balance between state funding and religious autonomy is the latest challenge for church-based welfare agencies....

  • The Moral Foundations of Freedom: Lessons from the Religious Encounter with Democracy

    George Weigel | 30 May 2000 | Occasional Papers

    What happens when a society loses it moral capital? Can democracy thrive in a value-neutral environment? These are just some...

  • A Short History of Australian Liberalism

    Greg Melleuish | 16 Mar 2000 | Occasional Papers

    This study was written in response to what I see as the misleading nature of the studies of Australian liberalism that have...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory

    Jeffrey Lawrence | 03 Mar 2000 | POLICY Magazine

    The Problematics of Moral and Legal Theory by Richard Posner (Belknap Press, 1999.)

  • REVIEW: In The Shadow of the Reign of Terror

    Samuel Gregg | 03 Mar 2000 | POLICY Magazine

    Tocqueville: A Biography by Andre Jardin (John Hopkins University Press, 1998.)

  • FEATURE: Hayek on the Role of the State: A Radical Libertarian Critique

    Gerard Radnitzky | 03 Mar 2000 | POLICY Magazine

    Was Hayek really a 'minimal' state theorist? After all, he thought that we needed the state, not only as a protector but...

  • Shooting the Messenger: A Critique of Australia’s Internet Content Regulation Regime

    Heath Gibson | 02 Feb 2000 | Issue Analysis

    With the expansion of the Internet into society, media reports of pornography, paedophiles and racist web sites have induced...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Governing Morals: A Social History of Moral Regulation

    Charles Richardson | 12 Dec 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Governing Morals: A Social History of Moral Regulation by Alan Hunt (Cambridge University Press, 1999.)

  • COMMENT: A Recovery Plan for East Timor

    Wolfgang Kasper | 12 Dec 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    There can be little doubt that Australia, bar its military initiative, has assumed a measure of at least temporary co-responsibility...

  • COMMENT: The Title Deeds of Freedom

    Mark Latham | 12 Dec 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    A speech given by Mark Latham MP at The Centre for Independent Studies in November 1999 at a function celebrating the tenth...

  • COMMENT: The Evolution of Private Intellectual Property Regimes in Cyberspace

    Jason Soon | 12 Dec 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    The Internet, being an unprecedented form of many-to-many communication, with its possibilities for anonymity, will make...

  • FEATURE: Hayekian Interpretations: A Debate Over 'The "Asian Way" and Modern Liberalism'

    Chandran Kukathas, David Moore | 12 Dec 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    David Moore's "Hayekian Transitions" essay and "Seeing Like a Hayekian" by Chandran Kukathas.

  • Christianity and Entrepreneurship: Protestant and Catholic Thoughts

    Samuel Gregg | 05 Nov 1999 | Policy Monographs

    This monograph is a scholarly yet understandable study of entrepreneurship from both a Protestant (Preece) and a Catholic...

  • Economics & Ethics: The Dispute and the Dialogue

    Samuel Gregg | 02 Nov 1999 | Occasional Papers

    The relationship between economists and religious thinkers is often acrimonious. In this Occasional Paper, an economist Professor...

  • FEATURE: The Mont Pelerin Society Bali Meeting

    Greg Lindsay | 09 Sep 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    The need remains to continue restating the case for the principles of classical liberalism in the West. A window of opportunity...

  • Principles for a Free Society

    Richard Epstein | 02 Aug 1999 | Occasional Papers

    The need for a principled reconciliation between the prerogatives of individual liberty and social order has been a central...

  • Catholicism and the Architecture of Freedom

    George Pell | 01 Aug 1999 | Occasional Papers

    The nature of freedom is a question that has puzzled western societies from their very beginnings. In the Centre for Independent...

  • Religion and Liberty: Western Experiences, Asian Possibilities

    Samuel Gregg | 01 Aug 1999 | Occasional Papers

    In this CIS Occasional Paper, Samuel Gregg examines religion and its effects upon liberty in the West, before speculating...

  • FEATURE: No Third Way: Hayek and the Recovery of Freedom

    Samuel Gregg, Wolfgang Kasper | 06 Jun 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    It is no exaggeration to say that the ideas and work of Professor Friedrich August von Hayek have been fundamental to what...

  • FEATURE: The 'Asian Way' and Modern Liberalism: A Hayekian Perspective

    Chandran Kukathas | 06 Jun 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    F.A Hayek did not travel much to Asia, nor did he write anything substantial about Asia. Can Hayek, then, have anything to...

  • In Praise of the Free Economy: Essays

    Michael Novak | 03 May 1999 | CIS Readings

    Michael Novak is the first contemporary Christian theologian to have dedicated many years of his life to a serious and open...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Justice for Here and Now

    Charles Richardson | 03 Mar 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Justice for Here and Now by James P. Sterba (Cambridge University Press, 1998.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Open Society Endangered

    Robert Clark | 03 Mar 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Open Society Endangered by George Soros (Little Brown, 1998.)

  • COMMENT: An Economic Perspective on Intellectual Property: The Case of Copyright

    Jason Soon | 03 Mar 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    How to efficiently define intellectual property rights.

  • INTERVIEW: The Moral Foundations of a Free Polity

    Samuel Gregg | 03 Mar 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Samuel Gregg talks to Archbishop Dr George Pell.

  • FEATURE: Regulating The Media: It is Dangerous to Give It Special Status

    Robert Officer | 03 Mar 1999 | POLICY Magazine

    Compeitition Law and the Media Sector. Separating regulation of the media from other goods and services often leads to the...

  • REVIEW: Learning From The Communist Experience?

    David Lovell | 12 Dec 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    The Reds: The Communist Party of Australia from Origins to Illegality by Stuart Macintyre (Allen & Unwin, 1998.)

  • FEATURE: Liberalism in Economics and Politics

    Charles Richardson | 12 Dec 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    An interview with Antonio Martino, Professor of Economics and Chairman of the Department of Political Science at the Free...

  • FEATURE: Society and the Crisis of Liberalism

    Vaclav Klaus | 12 Dec 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Liberalism as a hope for society?

  • The Modern Mask of Socialism

    Antonio Martino | 01 Nov 1998 | Occasional Papers

    After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, many people assumed that socialism was dead and that liberal...

  • The Road Not Taken- Hayek’s Slippery Slope to Serfdom

    Neil McInnes | 01 Nov 1998 | Occasional Papers

    In 1944 Friedrich Hayek published The Road to Serfdom, a warning against the totalitarian dangers involved in central economic...

  • The Last Refuge: Hard and Soft Hansonism in Contemporary Australian Politics

    Chandran Kukathas | 21 Sep 1998 | Issue Analysis

    Hard Hansonism includes a number of characteristic policies – on aboriginal affairs, protectionism, privatisation, competition...

  • BOOK NOTES: The Logic of Action: Two

    Jason Soon | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    The Logic of Action: Two by Murray N. Rothbard (Edward Elgar, 1997.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Rewriting the Sexual Contact

    Charles Richardson | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Rewriting the Sexual Contact edited by Geoff Dench (Institute of Community Studies, 1997.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: On Voting: A Public Choice Approach

    Julie Novak | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    On Voting: A Public Choice Approach by Gordon Tullock (Edward Elgar for the John Locke Institute, Cheltenham, 1998.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Ego and Soul: The Modern West in Search of Meaning

    Martin Sheehan | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Ego and Soul: The Modern West in Search of Meaning by John Carroll (HarperCollins, 1998.)

  • COMMENT: Cacophony and Chaos

    Heath Gibson | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Internet Censorship and Content Regulation.

  • FEATURE: Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value?

    Helen Hughes AO 1928 - 2013 | 09 Sep 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Moving toward, or away from, wage justice for women?

  • BOOKNOTES: On the Relevance of Metaethics

    Charles Richardson | 06 Jun 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    On the Origin of MetaEthics edited by Jocelyne Couture and Kai Nielsen (University of Calgary Press, 1997.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Politics of Sex: Prostitution and Pornography in Australian since 1945

    O. Morgan | 06 Jun 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    The Politics of Sex: Prostition and Pornography in Australia since 1945 by Barbara Sullivan (Cambridge University Press,...

  • COMMENT: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wealth

    Jason Soon | 06 Jun 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    On the Economics of Liberal Rights.

  • Open for Business? Australian Interests and the OECD's Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI)

    Wolfgang Kasper | 17 Apr 1998 | Issue Analysis

    The proposed OECD’s Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI), which the Australian government has been helping to negotiate,...

  • BOOK NOTES: An Introduction to the Thought of Karl Popper

    Jason Soon | 03 Mar 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    An Introduction to the Thought of Karl Popper by Roberta Corvi (Routledge, 1997.)

  • BOOK NOTES: Feminist Amnesia

    Barry Maley | 03 Mar 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Feminist Amnesia: The Wake of Women's Liberation by Jean Curthoys (Routledge, 1997.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader

    Frank Devine | 03 Mar 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader by Dinesh D'Souza (The Free Press, 1997.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Rooting Democracy

    Bruce Cohen | 03 Mar 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    Rooting Democracy: Growing the Society We Want by Moira Rayner (Allen & Unwin, 1997.)

  • REVIEW: Community Rules

    Aeon Skoble | 03 Mar 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    The New Golden Rule: Community and Morality in a Democratic Society by Amitai Etzioni (Basic Books, 1996.)

  • COMMENT: The Perils of Republics

    Lucy Sullivan | 03 Mar 1998 | POLICY Magazine

    In practice unanimity of will in the political sphere does not occur, making the reach of authority problematic.

  • FEATURE: The New Populism in Australia

    Greg Melleuish | 12 Dec 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Since the 1970s, Australians have been living through an age of uncertainty or, perhaps more positively, an age of redefinition.

  • Nationality

    Lord Acton | 01 Dec 1997 | Occasional Papers

    Is the nation state the best form of political organisation? Should a country’s borders be based on racial or linguistic...

  • The Morality of Capitalism

    James Q. Wilson | 15 Oct 1997 | Occasional Papers

    Capitalism is winning the economic battle all over the world. The collapse of socialism has left it without serious challenge...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Renaissance: The Rebirth of Liberty in the Heart of Europe

    Tomas Kriha | 09 Sep 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Renaissance: The Rebirth of Liberty in the Heart of Europe by Vaclav Klaus (Cato Institute, 1997.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Idea of Decline in Western History

    Kenneth Minogue | 09 Sep 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    The Idea of Decline in Western History by Arthur Herman (The Free Press, 1997.)

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Charles Murray's Libertarianism

    Jason Soon | 09 Sep 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    What It Means To Be A Libertarian: A Personal Interpretation Charles Murray (Broadway Books, 1997.)

  • FEATURE: The Moral Habit

    Andrew Norton | 09 Sep 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    An interview with James Q. Wilson.

  • EDITORIAL: Spring 1997

    Andrew Norton | 09 Sep 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Editorial for POLICY Magazine Spring 1997.

  • BOOK NOTES: When Strangers Cooperate: Using Social Conventions to Govern Ourselves

    Andrew Norton | 06 Jun 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    When Strangers Cooperate: Using Social Conventions to Govern Ourselves by David W. Brown (The Free Press, 1996.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Hayek and After: Hayekian Liberalism as a Research Programme

    Chandran Kukathas | 06 Jun 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Hayek and After: Hayekian Liberalism as a Research Programme by Jeremy Shearmur (Routledge, 1996.)

  • BOOK NOTE: Borders in Cyberspace: Information Policy and the Global Information and Infrastructure

    Danny Yee | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    Borders in Cyberspace: Information Policy and the Global Information and Infrastructure edited by Brian Kahin and Charles...

  • COMMENT: On The Fifth Anniversary of Hayek's Death

    Kurt R. Leube | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    With the death of Friedrich A. von Hayek five years ago, we lost a last representative of a gifted generation of classically...

  • FEATURE: Politically Impossible?

    Nigel Ashford | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    How ideas, not interests and circumstances, determine public policy.

  • FEATURE: Threats to Freedom: Then and Now

    Greg Lindsay | 03 Mar 1997 | POLICY Magazine

    The Mont Pelerin Society after 50 years.

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Political Thought of Karl Popper

    Roger Sandall | 12 Dec 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    The Political Thought of Karl Popper by Jeremy Shearmur (Routledge, 1996.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Libertarians and Liberalism: Essays in Honour of Gerard Radnitzky

    Wolfgang Kasper | 12 Dec 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Libertarians and Liberalism: Essays in Honour of Gerard Radnitzky by H. Bouillon (Avebury-Ashgate Publishing, 1996.)

  • OBITUARY: Bert Kelly

    Ray Evans | 12 Dec 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Charles Robert Kelly: 1912-1997.

  • FEATURE: Fear of Freedom

    Chandran Kukathas | 12 Dec 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Political correctness, free speech and alien invasions.

  • FEATURE: Anders Chydenius' National Profit & Loss

    Charles Evans | 03 Dec 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    A Swedish Smith.

  • Markets, Morals and Community

    Andrew Norton | 01 Oct 1996 | Occasional Papers

    Few people today doubt the market’s contribution to prosperity, but still there are powerful intellectual traditions opposing...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Age of Rights

    David Lovell | 09 Sep 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    The Age of Rights by Norberto Bobbio, translated by Allan Cameron (Polity Press, 1996.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: On the Cards: Privacy, Identity and Trust in the Age of Smart Technologies

    Richard Joseph | 09 Sep 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    On the Cards: Privacy, Identity and Trust in the Age of Smart Technologies by Perri 6 and Ivan Briscoe (Demos, 1996.)

  • Institutions of innovation and Poverty

    Ray Ball | 27 Aug 1996 | Occasional Papers

    Western nations benefit from social institutions that create prosperity and liberty. The separation of the economic and political...

  • BOOK REVIEW: An Intellectual History of Liberalism

    Martin Sheehan | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    An Intellectual History of Liberalism by Pierre Manent (Princeton University Press, 1994.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Jurisprudence of Liberty

    Tracey Rowland | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Jurisprudence of Liberty edited by Suri Ratnapala and G.A Moens (Butterworths, 1996.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Isaiah Berlin

    David Tucker | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Isaiah Berlin by John Gray (HarperCollins, 1995.)

  • FEATURE: The CIS At Twenty

    Andrew Norton | 06 Jun 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Greg Lindsay talks to Andrew Norton on the 20th anniversary of the Centre for Independent Studies.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Civilizing Cyberspace: Policy Power, and the Information Superhighway

    Danny Yee | 03 Mar 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Civilizing Cyberspace: Policy Power, and the Information Superhighway by Steven E. Miller (Addison-Wesley/ACM Publishing,...

  • FEATURE: Nationality, Utility, Liberty

    Andrew Norton | 03 Mar 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    Andrew Norton talks to Greg Melleuish and Chandran Kukathas about the nature of Australian Liberalism and the challenges...

  • FEATURE: The Unended Quest For Liberty: The Legacy Of Murray Rothbard

    Norman Barry | 12 Jan 1996 | POLICY Magazine

    The death of Murray Rothbard is a grievous blow to the libertarian and classical liberal movement.

  • FEATURE: Public Figures and The Press

    David Flint | 12 Dec 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Privacy and media accountability.

  • INTERVIEW: Can Individualism Survive In A Collectivist Age?

    Andrew Norton, Kenneth Minogue | 12 Dec 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Kenneth Minogue, a political theorist with a long-time interest in liberalism, talks to Andrew Norton

  • FEATURE: Brigitte Berger's Cautious Conservatism

    Andrew Norton | 09 Sep 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    After speaking with Brigitte Berger, the 1995 John Bonython Lecturer, Policy editor Andrew Norton analyses her distinctive...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The War of the Words: The Political Correctness Debate

    Andrew Norton | 09 Sep 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The War of the Words: The Political Correctness Debate edited by Sarah Dunant (Virago Press, 1994.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Individualism and Collectivism

    Ann Yard | 09 Sep 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Individualism and Collectivism by Harry C. Triandis (Westview Press, 1995.)

  • The Social Roots of Prosperity

    Brigette Berger | 01 May 1995 | Occasional Papers

    A society’s prosperity depends on its families. That is the central message of Brigitte Berger’s analysis of economic...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Conditions of Liberty: Civil Society and Its Rivals

    Andrew Norton | 03 Mar 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    Conditions of Liberty: Civil Society and Its Rivals by Ernest Gellner (Hamish Hamilton, 1994.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Index of Economic Freedom

    Kenneth Sey | 03 Mar 1995 | POLICY Magazine

    The Index of Economic Freedom by Bryan T. Johnson and Thomas P. Sheehy (Heritage Foundation, 1995.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Bioethics in Liberal Society

    | 12 Dec 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Bioethics in a Liberal Society by Max Charlesworth (Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 1993.)

  • Karl Popper’s Politics: Liberalism versus Democratic Socialism

    Jeremy Shearmur | 01 Nov 1994 | Occasional Papers

    Karl Popper (1902-94) was one of the twentieth century’s leading philosophers. In this Occasional Paper Jeremy Shearmur...

  • The Political Economy of Freedom

    Michael Oakeshott | 01 Nov 1994 | Occasional Papers

    The Political Economy of Freedom is an eloquent discussion of the importance of a diffusion of power in maintaining freedom.

  • The Century of Networking

    Rupert Murdoch | 20 Oct 1994 | Occasional Papers

    In this John Bonython Lecture, Rupert Murdoch reflects on the coming century of networking. In contrast with pessimistic...

  • FEATURE: An Interview with Conor Cruise O'Brien

    Andrew Norton | 09 Sep 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Nationalism, the Republic and what Edmund Burke would have thought of it all.

  • OBITUARY: Karl Popper

    Rafe Champion | 09 Sep 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The death of Karl Popper signals the twilights of the era when philosophy in the English speaking world was dominated by...

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Two Faces of Australian Republicanism

    Suri Ratnapala | 09 Sep 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Monarchists and minimalists risk missing the important constitutional issues.

  • BOOK REVIEW: Thinking the Unthinkable: Think-Tanks and the Economic Counter-Revolution 1931-1983

    Jeremy Shearmur | 09 Sep 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Thinking the Unthinkable: Think-Tanks and the Economic Counter-Revolution 1931-1983 by Richard Cockett (HarperCollins, London,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: The Battles that Shaped Australia: The Australian's Anniversary Essays

    John Bruni | 09 Sep 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The Battles that Shaped Australia: The Australian's Anniversary Essays edited by David Horner (Allen & Unwin, 1994.)

  • The Moral Sense: An Essay

    James Q. Wilson | 01 Aug 1994 | Occasional Papers

    The distinctive feature of The Moral Sense: An Essay is that it uses the findings of modern science and social science to...

  • FEATURE: Defending Negative Liberty

    Chandran Kukathas | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The importance of there being no impediments to action.

  • FEATURE: Freedom of Expression

    David Flint | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    The High Court takes steps to protect freedom of expression.

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Civic Community and Modern Democracy

    Andrew Norton | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy by Robert D. Putnam, Robert Leonardi and Raffaella Y. Nanetti (Princeton...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Liberalism

    Rafe Champion | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Liberalism edited by Richard J. Arneson (Edward Elgar, Aldershot, 1992.)

  • BOOK REVIEW: Rethinking Theory

    Peter Murphy | 06 Jun 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Rethinking Theory by Richard Freadman and Seumas Miller (Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 1992.)

  • FEATURE: A Road to Hell Paved With Good Intentions

    Thomas Sowell | 03 Mar 1994 | POLICY Magazine

    Hayek's warning to the world.

  • Literature and Freedom

    Mario Vargas Llosa | 01 Feb 1994 | Occasional Papers

    In this CIS Occasional Paper, Mario Vargas Llosa highlights the mutually beneficial relationship between literature and freedom....

  • FEATURE: Keeping the Australian Republic

    Harry Evans | 12 Dec 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    Harry Evans, Clerk of the Senate, draws on Republican theory and practice to show that federalism is not an obstacle to Australian...

  • Endangered Freedom

    Thomas Sowell | 16 Nov 1993 | Policy Monographs

    In the fifth John Bonython Lecture, Thomas Sowell argues that public life in Western countries is blighted by an ‘unconstrained...

  • Questions of Conquest and Culture

    Mario Vargas Llosa | 09 Sep 1993 | Occasional Papers

    In the tenth John Bonython Lecture, the Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa reflects on the key question: ‘Can these cultures...

  • Economics, Faith and Moral Responsibility

    Robert Sirico | 01 Aug 1993 | Occasional Papers

    In this CIS Occasional Paper, Robert Sirico defends the institutions of the free and open society from a Christian standpoint.

  • Lessons from the Freiburg School: The Institutional Foundations of Freedom and Prosperity

    Wolfgang Kasper | 01 Jul 1993 | Occasional Papers

    West Germany’s post-War economic success was based on the ideas of the ‘Freiburg school,’ a school of liberal economists,...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Reviving the Vigorous Virtues

    Michael James | 03 Mar 1993 | POLICY Magazine

    The Anatomy of Thatcherism by Shirley Robin Letwin (Fontana, 1992.)

  • Why I Am Not a Conservative

    F.A. Hayek | 01 Nov 1992 | Occasional Papers

    Liberals who uphold the idea of a free society in which both economic and civil liberties are respected are often regarded...

  • Freedom, Tradition, Conservatism

    Frank Myer | 01 Jun 1992 | Occasional Papers

    This CIS Occasional Paper reproduces an essay of his first published in 1960. In it, Meyer argues that the ‘libertarian’...

  • FEATURE: For Compulsory Voting

    Ross Parish | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Australia's practice of compulsory voting is widely regarded as an infringement of individual liberty that benefits only...

  • FEATURE: Why Australia's Divorce Law Should Be Reformed

    Brian Trainor | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    The law on divorce should be reformed to give effect to a 'democratic compromise' between liberal and conservative concerns.

  • REVIEW: Secret Ballot, Secret Malice

    Michael James | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    Politics and Process: New Essays in Democratic Thought edited by Geoffrey Brennan and Loren E. Lomasky (Cambridge University...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Recurrent Anti-Capitalist Bias

    Rafe Champion | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    The Selling of the Australian Mind by Stephen Knight (William Heinemann Australia, 1990) and The Temperament of Generations:...

  • OBITUARY: F. A. Hayek

    Chandran Kukathas | 03 Mar 1992 | POLICY Magazine

    F. A. Hayek, 8 May 1899 - 23 March 1992: An appreciation.

  • FEATURE: The New World Order and the 'Right to Intervene'

    Gary Klintworth | 12 Dec 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    The establishment by the UN of a safe haven for the Kurds in Northern Iraq illustrates the emergence of a new doctrine in...

  • BOOK REVIEW: Liberalism and Minority Cultures

    Chandran Kukathas | 12 Dec 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Liberalism, Community and Culture by Will Kymlicka (Clarendon Press, 1989.)

  • Equalising People: Why Social Justice Threatens Liberty

    David Green | 01 Dec 1991 | Occasional Papers

    In this Occasional Paper, David Green challenges the pursuit of social justice on three grounds: It is based on a shallow...

  • FEATURE: Universal Reason Covers All: Hiram Caton's The Politics of Progress

    Kenneth Minogue | 09 Sep 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    "The Libertarians' political beliefs are shaped by a legend of man's progress from the shackles of customary society to...

  • NOTES AND COMMENTS: The Blessing of Market Capitalism

    Wolfgang Kasper | 09 Sep 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    In Centesimus annus, the Pope is unsparing in his criticism of communism, socialism and (less explicitly) the Catholic flirtation...

  • Dismantling Socialism: A Preliminary Report

    Vaclav Klaus | 05 Aug 1991 | Occasional Papers

    In the eighth John Bonython Lecture, Václav Klaus, Finance Minister of Czechoslovakia, gives an account of his government’s...

  • The Fraternal Conceit: Individualist versus Collectivist Ideas of Community

    Chandran Kukathas | 06 May 1991 | Occasional Papers

    In this Occasional Paper, Dr Chandran Kukathas defends the liberal conception of civil association, in which individuals...

  • REVIEW ARTICLE: Rationalist or Anti-Rationalist?

    Struan Jacobs | 03 Mar 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Chandran Kukathas' Hayek and Modern Liberalism.

  • FEATURE: The Private Interest Theory of Politics: Liberal or Authoritarian

    John Quiggin | 03 Mar 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Many liberals have accepted the private interest theory of politics as an explanation of the political obstacles to economic...

  • FEATURE: The Private Interest Theory of Politics: Liberal or Authoritarian?

    John Quiggin | 03 Mar 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    Many liberals have accepted the private interest theory of politics as an explaination of the political obstacles to eocnomic...

  • FEATURE: Transition to Freedom? The Cato Institute's Moscow Conference

    Ross Parish | 03 Mar 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    In September 1990, the Cato Institute held a conference in Moscow entitled Transition to Freedom: the New Soviet Challenge....

  • BOOK REVIEW: Age of Illusion

    | 03 Mar 1991 | POLICY Magazine

    The Age of Democracy: The Politics of Post Fordism by John Matthews (Oxford University Press, 1989.)

  • Socialism Is Dead But Leviathan Lives On

    James M. Buchanan | 03 May 1990 | Occasional Papers

    In the seventh John Bonython Lecture, James Buchanan observes that the death of socialism has not been accompanied by the...

  • Are We Winning?

    Antonio Martino | 01 May 1990 | Occasional Papers

    Although classical liberal ideas are at present in the ascendancy, there is no guarantee that they will succeed in the long...

  • FEATURE: How the NSW Anti-Discrimination Laws Threaten Free Speech

    Tony Kastigiannis | 12 Dec 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    How far should the law go in protecting social groups from public vilification? Tony Kastigiannis argues that the Anti-Discrimination...

  • The Egalitarian Conceit: False and True Equalities

    Kenneth Minogue | 15 Sep 1989 | Occasional Papers

    Professor Kenneth Minogue traces the roots of modern egalitarianism to the Greek and Christian culture from which Western...

  • FEATURE: Are There Any Welfare Rights?

    Norman Barry | 06 Jun 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    The standard arguments justifying the welfare state in terms of a moral right to welfare remain controversial and inconclusive....

  • FEATURE: Liberty and Corporation

    Hugh Morgan | 06 Jun 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    In March 1989, Hugh Morgan received the 1988 Adam Smith Club Award for outstanding services to liberty. An edited version...

  • FEATURE: The Open Society Revisited

    Naomi Moldofsky | 06 Jun 1989 | POLICY Magazine

    Dr Naomi Moldofsky insists that the Open Society that Karl Popper advocates is impossible without an open market system.

  • Endangered Freedom

    Thomas Sowell | 01 Nov 1988 | Occasional Papers

    In the fifth John Bonython Lecture, Thomas Sowell argues that public life in Western countries is blighted by an ‘unconstrained...

  • Traditions of Liberalism: Essays on John Locke, Adam Smith and John Stuart Mill

    Knud Haakonssen | 01 Sep 1988 | CIS Readings

    The1980's has seem a remarkable revival of Classical Liberalism, the political philosophy that places a high value on individual...

  • The Enemies of Progress

    Ralph Harris | 05 Aug 1986 | Occasional Papers

    In the third John Bonython Lecture, Ralph Harris recounts the advances that economic freedom and entrepreneurship have brought...

  • Ideas about Freedom: A Discussion

    Kenneth Minogue | 06 Apr 1986 | Occasional Papers

    Kenneth R. Minogue and John Gray, in separate essays, examine the history and assumptions behind liberalism and conservatism....

  • The Anti-Capitalist Mentality: Post Mortem for an Ideology

    R.M. Hartwell | 05 Dec 1985 | Occasional Papers

    In the Second John Bonython Lecture, Professor R. M. Hartwell traces the history of the anti-capitalist mentality back to...

  • Hayek's 'Serfdom' Revisited

    Norman Barry | 01 Jun 1985 | CIS Readings

    Essays by economists, philosophers and political scientists on The Road to Serfdom after 40 years.  Tributes by Norman Barry,...

  • Chaining Australia: Church Bureaucracies and Political Economy

    Geoffrey Brennan | 01 Aug 1984 | CIS Readings

    Edited by Geoffrey Brennan and John K Williams. Contributions by Geoffrey Brennan, Paul A McGavin, John K Williams, Hugh...

  • The Role of the Entreprenuer in the Economic System

    Israel Kirzner | 16 Feb 1984 | Occasional Papers

    In the Inaugural John Bonython Lecture, Israel Kirzner strongly defends the entrepreneur's role in keeping our economy healthy...

  • The Politics of Multiculturalism

    Raymond Sestito | 04 Jun 1982 | Policy Monographs

    For several years now, politicians of all persuasions have been telling us that Australia is a 'multicultural society'. Purely...

  • Liberty, Justice and the Market

    Lauchlan Chipman | 12 Dec 1981 | Occasional Papers

    Lauchlan Chipman challenges us not only to reject the notion that there is a conflict between liberty, justice and the market,...

  • Social Justice, Socialism and Democracy: Three Australian Lectures

    F.A. Hayek | 05 Jan 1979 | Occasional Papers

    Three lectures on democracy by F.A. Hayek.