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Kristian Niemietz
7 July 2011
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In social policy debates, collective memory is extraordinarily short-term. Once a transfer instrument has been around for a few years, it becomes part of the furniture, and anyone proposing it...
Mark Pennington
29 June 2011
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The economic historian Professor Sheilagh Ogilvie is an intellectual heroine of modern classical liberalism. Her work on the operation of proto-industries such as woollens manufacture in sixteenth...
Stephen Michael MacLean
27 June 2011
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Public choice theory - the application of economics to politics - is inspired by classical liberal principles of free markets and limited government. With its focus on government depredations on...
Philip Booth
23 June 2011
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Mechanisms to ensure the political acceptability of privatisations should not be rejected automatically, simply because they are inefficient and raise less money for the taxpayer. Political...
Mark Pennington
21 June 2011
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When advancing the case for ‘free markets ‘ classical liberals are often chided for failing to recognise the wisdom of Karl Polanyi. In The Great Transformation Polanyi claimed that the...
G. R. Steele
16 June 2011
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State infrastructure projects may be funded by private capital through PFI (private finance initiative) contracts.This week, BBC Radio’s File on Four put great effort into addressing the...
Steven Kates
14 June 2011
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After writing ‘you cannot make an economy grow through public spending’ I received this touching statement of Keynesian faith in response: ‘In terms of a contribution to GDP...
Mark Littlewood
7 June 2011
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The Chancellor is right to stick to his guns on deficit reduction. The dividing line in the debate is between those who believe that spending more on the bloated public sector would assist with the...
Mark Pennington
6 June 2011
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I haven’t been able to post for the last week or so owing to my lecturing on the Institute for Humane Studies Liberty and Society Summer Seminars (i’m currently between seminars). Last...
Mark Pennington
18 May 2011
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In this final round of the H versus H contest I want to question the claim that communication in markets is ‘distorted’ by ‘money power’. According to this Habermasian...
Philip Booth
17 May 2011
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A couple of weeks ago, I went for a walk in Ashdown Forest. I followed the instructions perfectly and everything seemed consistent with the map. However, clearly something was wrong and, instead of...
Sir Alan Peacock
10 May 2011
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I published my first book in 1951 – 60 years ago! It argued for the amalgamation of finance of national insurance with the direct tax system. It got a certain amount of notoriety but did not...
Kristian Niemietz
9 May 2011
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I recently gave a talk at the Libertarian Alliance entitled ‘Spirit Level Egalitarianism, Happiness Economics and Steady State Economics’. When asked where the Spirit Level debate was...
Philip Booth
6 May 2011
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My last blog post dealt with the issue of ‘living wages for migrants’ in response to points that the Bishop of Brentwood had made in a high-profile homily. In direct contradiction to...
Philip Booth
5 May 2011
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The Bishop of Brentwood made the headlines yesterday for saying in a homily at a Mass that it was a scandal the migrants were exploited by being required to work for low levels of pay and that...
Mark Pennington
4 May 2011
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Among the themes to emerge from ‘happiness economics’ one seized on by those disapproving of open markets and the decision-making autonomy they may bring is that having ‘choice...
Steven Kates
28 April 2011
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Only someone with professional training in economics has ever heard of the economic principle now known as Say’s Law of Markets. Indeed it was Keynes’s explicit aim in writing his...
Kristian Niemietz
20 April 2011
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In panel discussions or similar debate formats, it is usually a huge advantage to be thoroughly informed about the opponent’s weltanschauung, since this enables one to anticipate the other...
Mark Pennington
20 April 2011
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In a recent post I pointed out that Habermas’s theory of communicative ethics and deliberative democracy fails to recognise a fundamental point highlighted by Hayek – that much of the...
Philip Booth
15 April 2011
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In June 2011 an editorial article appeared in the Royal Economic Society newsletter which seemed to sympathise with attacks on what it called ‘deficit fetishism’. Not quite the legions...