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James Lawson
11 August 2010
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Clint Eastwood is perhaps the icon of macho film stars, and certainly one I would avoid duelling. He is a self-declared libertarian, stating in USA Today, “I like the libertarian view, which...
Mark Littlewood
28 July 2010
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If you tire quickly of the tediously lengthy build up to Christmas, which starts about now, then heaven help you in dealing with two years of hyperbole about the 2012 Olympics. Even the most...
David Howden
30 April 2010
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While Greece’s financial issues, both domestic and international, are making any bailout package more difficult in deed than word, the social issues at stake are no less troubling....
Philip Booth
4 March 2010
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Yesterday, the Catholic Bishops issued a document Choosing the Common Good which is intended to guide Catholics in the run up to the general election and beyond. Unlike its predecessors such as...
Len Shackleton
16 February 2010
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The Guardian had a splash on Saturday with yet another attack on the big supermarkets. On this occasion it accused Asda and Tesco of having raised their prices in the weeks running up to Christmas....
Philip Booth
4 February 2010
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I suppose I am not the right person to be giving an unbiased take on the Pope’s recent remarks to the English and Welsh Bishops on their ad limina visit to Rome on this secular economics blog...
Philip Booth
28 December 2009
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Yesterday I appeared on the Radio 4 Sunday Programme. The programme is available online on the BBC iplayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qnbd until 2 January. It...
Philip Booth
24 December 2009
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One of the more irritating suggestions that people make in the debate about “corporate social responsibility” (CSR) is that “businesses should put something back into society...
Azhar Aslam and Shaista Kazmi
16 July 2009
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The status of women in the Muslim world is a controversial subject. The position accorded to women by Qur’an and Sunnah of the Prophet differs vastly from practice within various Muslim...
Dominique Lazanski
30 June 2009
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Lord Carter and the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport released the Digital Britain report nearly two weeks ago. Apart from a few brief lines on the BBC website the media coverage has been...
Economic Affairs
25 June 2009
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A new study published today by the Institute of Economic Affairs examines the compatibility of the Islamic religion with free-market economic policies. Contrary to the concerns of many in the West,...
Richard Wellings
24 June 2009
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The last decade has been marked by a combination of low savings rates and high debt levels in both the USA and Britain. Indeed in 2005, the savings rate in the US reached zero, while 13 million...
Philip Booth
17 June 2009
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No doubt IEA blog readers will have different views on the news that the BBC is likely to have to share its licence fee with ITV news and children’s programme producers (with expressions of...
Terry Arthur
28 May 2009
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In the past few weeks UK politics has rightly been dominated by The Telegraph’s revelations about MPs’ expense claims. Meanwhile other issues have taken a back seat – for example...
J. R. Shackleton
17 March 2009
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Sir Liam Donaldson’s proposal for a minimum price per unit of alcohol is a novel addition to the long list of interventions in markets in the name of some alleged higher good. As is often the...
J. R. Shackleton
3 March 2009
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There is at the moment a hugely irrational anti-banker mood in this country. Every day I see angry letters in the papers and angry blogs calling for all sorts of dire penalties for bankers and...
John Blundell
1 January 2009
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An update to An economic Christmas-present puzzle: buying books on Amazon: After my three letters to Amazon (going back two months now) were ignored, the IEA blog seems to have done the trick as...
John Blundell
25 December 2008
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I recently wrote a book explaining Thatcherism to America. It is available in paperback, published in New York City in October 2008 by Algora as Margaret Thatcher: A Portrait of the Iron Lady. It...
Philip Booth
8 December 2008
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Pope Pius IX had everything modern in his sights when he wrote the Syllabus of Errors and related encyclicals. It was not just socialism that came in for a pasting and I am sure he would have been...
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...