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Philip Booth
5 November 2015
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Supra-national authorities, such as the EU, should do two things. They should restrain governments from over-stepping their natural authority. Second, they should provide ‘public goods’...
Philip Booth
4 November 2015
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From 4th to 7th October 2015, the IEA co-hosted the Think Tent event series at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. The IEA’s Philip Booth took part in a panel entitled Should the...
Ryan Bourne
3 November 2015
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It's “Living Wage Week”. For seven days, the Living Wage Foundation’s campaign for employers to pay workers at least £8.25 per hour (or £9.40 in London) receives...
Steven Horwitz
2 November 2015
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“The motives of fear and greed are what the market brings to prominence,” argues G.A. Cohen in Why Not Socialism? “One’s opposite-number marketeers are predominantly seen as...
Kristian Niemietz
30 October 2015
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On 10 October 2015, European Students for Liberty held their London Regional Conference. The IEA’s Kristian Niemietz gave a presentation on free market solutions to poverty, on which the...
Philip Booth
29 October 2015
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One of the most dangerous myths that pervades the political debate today is the idea that “neo-liberalism”, as the left describe it, has a stranglehold over economic policy. Certainly, if...
Andrew Lilico
28 October 2015
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A classical conservative believes private property exists in a moral, not merely political sense.  We could truly own things even if we lived on a stateless desert island and my property is...
Ryan Bourne
27 October 2015
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With the Prime Minister apparently arranging panicked meetings of special advisers to aid the floundering Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, the UK’s EU referendum debate is effectively...
Philip Booth
26 October 2015
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The corporate tax system is currently under attack from the EU and the OECD. In principle, this is not a bad thing because the corporate tax system is flawed. However, the EU and the OECD do not wish...
Paul Ormerod
23 October 2015
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Behavioural economics involves the application of the insights of experimentally-based behavioural psychology to the analysis of economic decision-making. It has had a substantial impact on policy...
Len Shackleton
22 October 2015
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The recent decision by Isle of Wight magistrates to throw out the case against Mr Jon Platt, who took his daughter to Disney World during term time, has cast into doubt the hardline policy on school...
Chad Wilcox
21 October 2015
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Today is ‘Back to the Future Day’—the date Marty McFly and Dr Emmett Brown visit when they travel 30 years into the future via a DeLorean-turned-time machine in the 1989 film Back...
Ryan Bourne
20 October 2015
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Politicians spend much of their time worrying about repeating the political mistakes of their predecessors. In recent weeks, Conservative MPs have mused over whether changes to tax credits could have...
Kristian Niemietz
19 October 2015
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At the 2015 Battle of Ideas festival, held at the Barbican Centre, the IEA’s Kristian Niemietz represented the ‘No’ side in the panel session 'The NHS: Still Worth...
Christopher Snowdon
16 October 2015
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Does free-market capitalism foster an environment in which death and disease flourish? That is the question asked by academics Ted Schrecker and Clare Bambra in How Politics Makes Us Sick:...
Erik Lidström
15 October 2015
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Debates on education reform are usually based on a number of unstated assumptions. One is that we already "know" what education is and what it could be. Another is that some appointed...
Ryan Bourne
14 October 2015
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When major political parties agree on an issue, worry. For the past decade, “social mobility” – the movement of individuals to different positions in society – has been said...
James Tooley
12 October 2015
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Malala Yousafzai, the girl the Taliban tried to murder, is the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Curiously, however, whenever her work is discussed an important detail is omitted....
Philip Booth
8 October 2015
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Nicky Morgan wrote an article on Conservative Home a week ago which revealed the true colours of modern feminism. The article is based on a great deal of economic ignorance and a hyper-materialistic...
Michael Tanner and Charles Hughes
7 October 2015
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As the United Kingdom looks to reform its policies for dealing with the poor and unemployed, it should take notice of one basic fact: There is no evidence to suggest that poor people are lazy, but...