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Ruth Porter
9 April 2010
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Cameron’s “National Service” plans are not the answer to youth social problems. The Conservatives’ “Broken Britain” narrative rightly diagnoses that “...
Philip Booth
31 March 2010
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On Newsnight last night there was a long feature by Paul Mason with comment by Phillip Blond about so-called new forms of capitalism. The piece consisted of Paul Mason going round various businesses...
Philip Booth
17 February 2010
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I have just received this news release from the Office for National Statistics: “It’s now just one year to go until the 2011 Census on Sunday 27 March 2011, so the Office for National...
Philip Booth
16 February 2010
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I have written before that co-ops and similar ventures are part of the rich tapestry of a market economy. After all, before the days of statutory regulation, the Stock Exchange was a mutual –...
Richard Wellings
10 February 2010
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The pioneers of Britain’s welfare state may have had good intentions. By founding the National Health Service (NHS) in 1948, they hoped to improve access to treatment for the poor. But, more...
Kristian Niemietz
18 January 2010
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How to pursue a redistributionist agenda when public support for it is low? Change public attitudes by restructuring the welfare regime, says a new book titled The Solidarity Society by the Fabian...
Peter King
4 January 2010
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The left, we might think, has had a bad time of it intellectually over the last 15 years: socialism has collapsed, Marxism has little or no credibility and supposedly left of centre governments...
Terry Arthur
30 October 2009
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In his four years as leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron has often seemed to embrace socialist ideas.  “Sharing the proceeds of growth” was only one of his efforts to be...
Peter King
27 October 2009
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Working in a university social science environment I find myself surrounded by those who take a leftist view of the world. One interesting trend amongst my colleagues of late has been to start to...
Richard Wellings
21 October 2009
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There is talk of recovery, but little reason for optimism. Government action may have cushioned the initial impact of the recession, but the long-term economic consequences of borrow and spend...
Len Shackleton
5 October 2009
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The financial crisis has encouraged all sorts of ancient anti-capitalist ideas to re-emerge like long-buried monsters from the swamp in some 1950s horror movie.   The Observer’s Ruth...
G. R. Steele
30 September 2009
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A comment from a Woman’s Own interview in 1987 is often repeated, but rarely in context:  ”There is no such thing as society”. Its relevance was made explicit with the...
Tom Papworth
24 August 2009
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Egalitarians are enjoying the financial crisis, digging up old ideas that have long since had their day. Last week Compass launched its campaign for a High Pay Commission to curb “excessive...
Philip Vander Elst
10 July 2009
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Is there a strong connection between statism and supranationalism? At a time of rising taxation, increased state control over the banking system, and ever-closer European integration, it is a...
John Meadowcroft
18 June 2009
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Advocates of privatisation have often paid insufficient attention to one of the most important reasons why scholars like Friedman and Hayek argued in favour of privatisation: that people are the...
J. R. Shackleton
26 May 2009
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In the current febrile, even Jacobin, climate it may seem foolhardy to offer a defence of pay inequality. However, here goes. The classic explanation of how a free labour market allocates people to...
J. R. Shackleton
11 May 2009
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The government can’t keep out of anything. Last week we had the spectacle of Andy Burnham, the Culture Secretary, walking out of a meeting with football’s Premier League seriously...
Richard Wellings
4 May 2009
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●  John Blundell writes about Margaret Thatcher’s revolution for The Washington Times   ●  Philip Booth argues that the UK’s finances cannot be restored by big tax...
Richard Wellings
15 April 2009
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The publication of a new edition of A Tiger by the Tail: The Keynesian Legacy of Inflation means that four books by Nobel laureate Friedrich von Hayek can now be downloaded free of charge in pdf...
Kristian Niemietz
8 April 2009
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I sometimes wonder whether anti-globalisation activists have some kind of automatic text generator, which works more or less like this: you enter an idea which you disapprove of, say “free...