Whilst each organisation purports to be the true voice of freedom, in reality only one is: the LVRG.
Amongst others, the IPA receives funding from Gina Rinehart, whilst the LVRG continues to struggle to find funding which might enable it to digitise the studies it has conducted over its seventy years.
It was nice for Gina Rinehart, Rupert Murdoch, Tony Abbott and Cardinal George Pell to be able to attend the IPA’s recent celebratory dinner. These luminaries are not to be found at Prosper Australia’s annual dinners. Power and privilege are not known to be close friends of Truth.
There’s a strong raison d’être for conservatism. If you want social change, you need to be certain you’re headed in the right direction. The thoughts of history’s great conservatives are often as valid as those of its notable liberal progressives.
Over the years, however, the IPA has drifted from holding socially conservative views to throwing its hat in with the big rent-seekers, the one percent.
On the occasion of its 70th birthday, I thought I’d give the IPA the opportunity to deny the charge, so on 1st April I put the following question via its website:-
“Does the IPA see anything wrong with the privatisation of publicly-generated economic rents? Your stance that miners ought to be able to retain them suggests you do not.
I’m giving someone at the IPA the opportunity to respond to my blog today.
BTW, I see the taxation of labour and capital as a form of theft.”
I consider the failure of the IPA to respond to my question speaks volumes about where it stands.