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Peter King
17 December 2008
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The government would have us believe that one way to help households struggling to gain access to the housing market is to build more social housing. This will also have the benefit, our Keynesian...
Richard Wellings
16 December 2008
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Following the bailout of several banks, the government is now considering measures to ‘save’ the British car industry. Such a bailout would be wrong in itself but would also set a very...
Kristian Niemietz
11 December 2008
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The online edition of the Handelsblatt, a major German business newspaper, recently featured an op-ed blaming government-created ’fiat money’ for the current financial crisis. It...
Philip Booth
8 December 2008
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Deflation means that the pound in your pocket is worth more each year. In an earlier age, deflation was regarded as benign at worst. For a couple of hundred years before 1946, moderate deflation...
Michael Beenstock
2 December 2008
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The gut reaction to the current financial crisis is that we need more and better regulation. Few understand that regulation is part of the problem and not its solution. The solution lies in...
Philip Booth
18 November 2008
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Without wishing to trivialise the former, there are eerie similarities between the tragic case of Baby P and the failure of Northern Rock. In the banking sector, the FSA, which has virtually...
Philip Booth
6 November 2008
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The 1.5% interest rate cut came as a bit of a surprise to most people. However, we are in new territory and it is territory with which those economists who love their macroeconomic forecasting...
Richard Wellings
3 November 2008
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According to official figures, almost two million people are now unemployed in the UK. That number is rising rapidly as the economy shrinks. This means extra expenditure on welfare benefits, putting...
Richard Wellings
24 October 2008
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Alistair Darling’s proposed spending spree on bringing forward major capital projects suggests the government is prepared to sacrifice the economy’s long-term interests for short-term...
John Meadowcroft
23 October 2008
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Sir – Marx’s theory of the crises of capitalism is little more than a melodramatic description of the business cycle — standard fare in economic analysis. Every original...
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...
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...
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...
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
8 September 2008
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Many of us have long argued that the welfare state underwrites irresponsible behaviour and crowds out the institutions that could have provided schools, hospitals and social insurances privately....