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Card games in a post-truth World

When in the US earlier this year, I came across many souvenirs mocking the country’s leader, including a card game called, Trump Cards: The Wackiest Game of Fake News. It looked like a fun party card game in which players tried to pick out 'Fake News' from real quotes by President Donald Trump. A player receives one point for a correct answer and zero for incorrect answers. So, let’s break out the card game and test your abilities. Read more

Insights Newsletter
26 June, 2020
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Podcast #16: How to think about cannabis legalisation, with Dr Eric Crampton

On this week’s New Zealand Initiative podcast, Kiwis are set to vote in a referendum to legalise cannabis on September 19.It’s a controversial topic for some, but chief economist Dr Eric Crampton says thinking about cannabis from an economic perspective can help clear up many misconceptions and worries.Understandably, he says cannabis legalisation is a fairly new path for most countries that have already passed it, so there is not a lot of solid data about how it affects society. Read more

Nathan Smith
Podcast
26 June, 2020
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The price for overcaution

It says a lot about this economic crisis when a forecast of -4.5% annual growth is regarded as good news. Yet that was the forecast the International Monetary Fund released yesterday. Unfortunately, it was not for New Zealand but for Australia. In New Zealand’s case, the IMF kept its 2020 forecast at -7.2%. That is worse than Australia and the global GDP forecast at -4.9%. At least it is better than the -10.2% predicted for the Eurozone. Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
Insights Newsletter
26 June, 2020
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Playing politics with the Public Health

The public health system is a political football. Every change of administration is an opportunity to boot the ball at a different set of goalposts. Occasionally, all it takes is a change of Minister. Professor Robin Gauld, director of the University of Otago’s Centre of Health Systems and Technology, has published at least two books and a substantial academic article on the structural instability of New Zealand’s healthcare system since the 1980s. Read more

Dr Bryce Wilkinson
Insights Newsletter
26 June, 2020

Media Release: New research project shows what is really happening with cannabis legalisation in the US

Wellington, 25 June 2020 - The US experience with cannabis legalisation is as diverse as its many models – each state runs things differently, according to a new research project by the New Zealand Initiative. The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill referendum is booked for 19 September, and all sides of the cannabis debate will want to pick examples that best fit their position. The New Zealand Initiative has produced a primer on the US experience, highlighting the policies and... Read more

Media Release
25 June, 2020
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The West in a new cold war with itself

The Cold War is mainly history today with more people remembering the spies than the ideological warfare. But at its heart, it was an ideological battle, which makes comparisons with today’s tensions between China and the West natural.Superficially, this makes it an appropriate comparison for today’s tensions between China and the West. However, the differences between then and now is that rather than confronting the Eastern challenge, Western liberal democracy is mainly at war with itself.The old Cold War was... Read more

Dr Oliver Hartwich
NZ Herald
23 June, 2020

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