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Kristian Niemietz
21 October 2008
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Today, the government of Argentina will announce the annulment of the country’s private pension system introduced in 1994. The savings funds of 12 million workers will be nationalised. With...
Martin Ricketts
20 October 2008
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The present financial crisis illustrates clearly the fundamental importance of institutional structure to the satisfactory operation of a market economy. Looking at the present carnage it is hard...
Richard Wellings
16 October 2008
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Several bloggers, including Guido Fawkes, have rightly emphasised the relevance of Ludwig von Mises’ work to the current financial crisis. The writings of Mises’ pupil, Nobel...
John Spiers
15 October 2008
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How radical will the new Lord Mandelson be in seeking to reinvigorate the ‘New Labour’ brand? With the regulatory levers in his fresh hands he has a key opportunity to free the...
Kristian Niemietz
14 October 2008
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In an interview with Spiegel Online, 2006 Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus states that the current financial crisis is proof that capitalism has gone wild: “Adam Smith’s invisible hand,...
Terry Arthur
10 October 2008
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On 9th October, Anatole Kaletsky, Associate Editor of The Times, wrote “Banking crises have never been resolved purely by market forces. Once a financial panic starts, government intervention...
Richard Wellings
9 October 2008
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The British government unwisely entered the current slowdown with a sizeable budget deficit. Recent bank bailouts are likely to push the national accounts further into the red and increased...
Philip Booth
8 October 2008
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In its latest monthly deliberations the IEA Shadow Monetary Policy Committee (SMPC) voted by seven votes to two to reduce UK Bank Rate on Thursday 9th October. Indeed, four members of the shadow...
Philip Vander Elst
6 October 2008
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When I originally set out to write my newly published IEA paper, Power Against People: A Christian Critique of the State, I was conscious of the fact that despite the success of Margaret...
Philip Booth
2 October 2008
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Christians have a duty to be properly informed when they speak out. Catholics specifically call the sin of blundering into the unknown “imprudence”. Surely the...
Terry Arthur
2 October 2008
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David Cameron and George Osborne may be shifting on “sharing the proceeds of growth” but they can’t bring themselves to “come out” for wholesale tax reduction. Yet my...
Kristian Niemietz
1 October 2008
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In the introduction to The Revolution – A Manifesto, the Republican enfant terrible Ron Paul describes the limited set of choices presented to US voters in most elections: more public spending...
Richard Wellings
30 September 2008
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Environmental scares have a long history. At the end of the 18th century, Thomas Malthus predicted that rapid population growth would lead to war, pestilence and famine. Almost 200 years later, the...
Peter J. Boettke
27 September 2008
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The market economy is a profit and loss system. Imprudent decisions do require correction – if not by the individuals themselves, then by others who enter into the market in the hope of...
Philip Booth
26 September 2008
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Until last week, it seemed that one only needed a couple of PhDs in monetary economics and finance to make head or tail of what was going on in financial markets. It now seems that a PhD in...
Philip Booth
25 September 2008
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It is always disappointing when Bishops follow the mob rather than trying to lead their flock. The Archbishop of York joined in the name calling yesterday. Today, in the Spectator, the...
John Meadowcroft
25 September 2008
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The Guardian’s environment editor, John Vidal, cannot resist a swipe at the IEA’s latest publication, Climate Change Policy: Challenging the Activists. Vidal doesn’t address any of...
Kristian Niemietz
23 September 2008
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The Liberal Democrats recently became the first major political party to endorse fully the right of patients to top-up their National Health Service care privately. Labour and the Conservatives...
John Blundell
19 September 2008
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I once heard Sudha Shenoy described as the original pin-up model of the “Austrian” school of thought in economics. Whatever the merits of that description, she was certainly a...
Philip Booth
18 September 2008
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Yesterday marked the UK release of the 2008 Economic Freedom of the World Report, produced by the Fraser Institute in Canada in association with the IEA. Fraser’s motto is “if it matters...