Alberto Mingardi
4 July 2013

Although he was used to dining with friends every Sunday, on one occasion Adam Smith ‘retired to bed before supper; and, as he went away, took leave of his friends by saying “I believe we...
Kristian Niemietz
18 April 2013

The purpose of a think tank – the clue is in the name – is to think big and holistically. When others talk about the colour of the curtains, we are supposed to be talking about the...
Kristian Niemietz
17 April 2013

The conventional wisdom in the mainstream poverty literature is that Margaret Thatcher’s policies caused an explosion of poverty. As one standard work puts it: ‘During the 1960s, just...
Wayne A. Leighton
28 March 2013
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In 1996, Guatemala adopted one of the most market-oriented telecom reforms in the world. The benefits to the country followed quickly as coverage expanded, competition surged, and prices plummeted...
Philip Booth
12 February 2013

Those who study Pope Benedict, who announced his retirement yesterday, have been impressed by his humanity and by his understanding of human nature. Statements he has made on the economy,...
Christie Davies
8 February 2013

  A review of The Servile Mind: How Democracy Erodes the Moral Life by Kenneth Minogue Kenneth Minogue has written a clear and incisive account and defence of western societies...
Christopher Snowdon
24 January 2013

In The Guardian this week, Zoe Williams laments the charity sector’s failure to speak out against government policy. She attributes this supposed conspiracy of silence to the statutory...
Philip Booth
19 November 2012

The US election was finely balanced, despite the attempts by the BBC to suggest otherwise. The vote was split roughly half and half, and Catholics were roughly split in line with the country as a...
John Meadowcroft
10 September 2012

One of the most important contemporary debates in political economy concerns the impact of the market on culture and the allegation that unfettered market forces will supply ‘dumbed-down...
Patrick Basham and John Luik
9 July 2012

The long-awaited UK consultation on plain packaging was announced by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley in April and will end next month. The Conservatives, who had strongly opposed both tobacco...
Kristian Niemietz
6 June 2012
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-  Excuse me, Sir. Do you know the way to Holborn Station? -  I do. - Would you mind explaining it to me? - Not at all, if you are prepared to pay a fee of £1 in exchange for...
Philip Booth
24 May 2012

Michael Sandel is in town at the moment to promote his book How Markets Crowd Out Morals. His article on the subject in the Boston Review is a clever piece that makes some interesting points. But...
Philip Booth
11 May 2012
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In my last blog post, I looked at Archbishop Williams’ use of legal organ sales as an example of the degeneracy of the market economy. The fact that organ sales are not legal is a detail that...
Philip Booth
10 May 2012

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s latest foray into the world of political economy does him even less credit than his previous attempts. He is an intelligent man, but capable of arguments...
Chris Snowdon
17 April 2012

  Yesterday saw the US Chamber of Commerce, the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue, the Emergency Committee for American Trade, the National Association of Manufacturers, the United States...
Kristian Niemietz
7 March 2012

    In a weird way, I used to enjoy George Monbiot’s columns in The Guardian. There were not many authors who could evoke that mixture of bewilderment, disbelief, amusement and...
Philip Booth
8 February 2012

An organisation called Catholic Voices organises seminars – amongst other things – to help young Catholics in the media. A few months ago, I spoke at one of their seminars about...
Richard Wellings
19 January 2012
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Capitalism has a problem. Increasingly it is viewed as a deeply unfair system favouring a small, privileged elite at the expense of everyone else. Our politicians have been quick to join the...
Mark Pennington
20 December 2011

I am no fan of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement, which one or two libertarians not with standing, is a gathering of the ‘usual suspects’ on the reactionary left. That said...
Alexander Wickham
15 December 2011

Last month two young men tragically died after taking ecstasy (MDMA) during an event at Alexandra Palace in North London. Over the next few days the newspapers were flooded with commentary on the...