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Kristian Niemietz
28 February 2011
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Anti-consumerists are sometimes criticised for not practicing what they preach. Buying stuff is sinful – as long as it’s the stuff that other people buy. Frequenting fancy art galleries...
Kristian Niemietz
10 February 2011
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The government’s catchphrase ‘Big Society’ has often been criticised for its vagueness. Critics claim that the phrase means everything and nothing, an attempt to conceal the...
Mark Littlewood
9 February 2011
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The furore over relatively modest reductions in public library provision shows the enormous challenge facing those seeking to reduce the size and cost of our bloated state. At an annual cost to...
Philip Booth
7 February 2011
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The three main themes of Nick Clegg's speech on Friday were as follows: 1. We should have investment-led growth and not debt-led growth. 2. We should have growth balanced around the regions...
Mark Pennington
29 January 2011
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Two of my posts earlier this month (here and here) focused on the institutional implications of limited rationality. My claim was that robust institutions are those that minimise the consequence of...
Philip Booth
27 January 2011
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The Government reportedly feels that its Big Society programme has stalled. It is not surprising. The coalition’s idea of the Big Society often seems to involve no more than getting a few...
Philip Booth
26 January 2011
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As Mervyn King suggested last night, the prospects for living standards in the near future are grim. Higher economic growth will help and the government should therefore pursue policies that...
Steve Davies
20 January 2011
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The United States Presidency Centre of the Institute for the Study of the Americas (part of the University of London's School of Advanced Study) has just published the results of a survey of 47...
Mark Littlewood
19 January 2011
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It’s not fanciful to argue that the formation of a Liberal-Conservative coalition government last May was helped by the fact that Lib Dem and Tory parliamentarians had worked closely together...
Mark Pennington
19 January 2011
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Last month a gathering of British students, organised by the far left (did anybody count the number of Socialist Worker posters on display), trashed much of Westminster, London. In a rare admission...
Nick Silver
18 January 2011
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Imagine a parallel universe where the money supply is determined by the performance of the England cricket team (I haven’t worked out all the details but please stay with me on this). In...
Mark Pennington
14 January 2011
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Last month I attended a speech by Richard Thaler, of ‘Nudge’ fame. Professor Thaler is an engaging speaker. His assertion that ‘libertarian paternalism’ is merely an...
Richard Wellings
13 January 2011
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Classical liberals can point to numerous examples of robust economic growth coinciding with low taxes and light-touch regulation: Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries; the US before the 1930s;...
Ruth Porter
12 January 2011
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The latest edition of the Index of Economic Freedom has just been published, and for the second year in a row the UK has slipped down the rankings. Now with a score of only 74.5, two points...
Kristian Niemietz
12 January 2011
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Imagine Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Malthus, Karl Marx and Saddam Hussein were meeting somewhere in the afterlife, deciding to write a joint policy paper. Difficult to imagine? Not at all. The...
Mark Pennington
10 January 2011
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At the core of my new book, Robust Political Economy: Classical Liberalism and the Future of Public Policy, is a very basic but oft neglected idea – ‘failure’ is endemic to all...
Steven Kates
7 January 2011
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The recent decisions to retain the ‘Bush tax cuts’ in the United States and to withdraw the trillion-dollar-plus expenditure bill from the American Senate before it was even put to a...
Tim Congdon
3 January 2011
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Since the financial crisis began in autumn 2007 with the Northern Rock fiasco, a consensus narrative has developed. The central theme is that the crisis is to be blamed not on monetary mismanagement...
Steven Kates
21 December 2010
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The Social Network is a wonderfully entertaining film. It may also be – and if it is, it will only have been by accident – the most pro-market film ever produced. The film tells the...
Steve Davies
16 December 2010
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A common observation, usually made with a sneer, is that economists know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Thus is anyone who brings economic thinking to bear damned as a heartless...