Classical Liberalism

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Classical liberalism is a political philosophy that supports individual freedom, tolerance, markets, the rule of law, and an autonomous civil society. The CIS's work in this area considers how this philosophy can offer alternate ways of looking at policy areas.

Publications

  1. What are We Fighting For? Islamism and the Threat to Liberal Ideas

    David Kilcullen | 10 Feb 2015 | Occasional Papers

    This volume brings together two presentations and the introductions from an event hosted by the Centre for Independent Studies... Read More...

  2. What are we fighting for? Islamism and the threat to liberal values

    David Kilcullen | 12 Nov 2014 | Speeches

    Dr David Kilcullen's address for the 2014 John Bonython Lecture

  3. FEATURE: In Defence of the Nation-State

    Vaclav Klaus | 01 Nov 2014 | POLICY Magazine

    By relentlessly attacking the state, have classical liberals paved the way for a new kind of tyranny?

  4. 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... Read More...

  5. 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... Read More...

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Opinion & Commentary

  1. 18C makes us all tongue-tied

    Jeremy Sammut | 20 Jan 2015 | The Australian

    The fear of potential legal action under the RDA also means the nation will debate the question of recognising Indigenous ... Read More

  2. Free speech and the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo

    Trisha Jha | 16 Jan 2015 | Online Opinion

    The debate about reform of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has bubbled up again in the wake of the slaughter ... Read More

  3. Yes, Paris atrocity was about religion

    Peter Kurti | 09 Jan 2015 | Daily Telegraph

    Let’s get one thing clear: if you offend Islamist extremists, they will set out to silence you. Kill you, if necessary.  ... Read More

  4. Personal freedom leads to economic freedom

    Greg Lindsay | 27 Oct 2014 | Australian Financial Review

    It is clear now that economic liberty has supported a massive global reduction of poverty, disease and other key factors. ... Read More

  5. A signpost away from state power

    Greg Lindsay | 07 May 2014 | The Australian Financial Review

    The Road to Serfdom did not turn out to be the expressway Hayek imagined when he published it 70 years ago.... Read More

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Ideas@TheCentre

  1. Magna Carta lit the way

    William Shrubb | 20 Feb 2015

    For many, the Magna Carta is a beacon of liberty, protecting us from the arbitrary tyranny of our governments, even today....

  2. Stop the state 'playing Dad'

    Jeremy Sammut | 23 Jan 2015

    Gary Johns has argued that compulsory contraception is needed to stop women having children and relying on the state to support ...

  3. Free speech and the aftermath of Charlie Hebdo

    Trisha Jha | 16 Jan 2015

    It is a strange defence of freedom of expression that simultaneously condemns the killing of people for drawing cartoons ...

  4. For and against - but standing for what?

    Peter Kurti | 16 Jan 2015

    Amid the placards and pencils borne by the multitude in Paris, which principles were they professing to defend?...

  5. Britain's Pauline Hanson moment

    Peter Saunders | 17 Oct 2014

    Support for classical liberal ideas remains depressingly small in Britain. It is not Hayek the country is starting to embrace ...

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