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Stephen Michael MacLean
17 July 2014
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During Prime Minister’s Questions this week, David Cameron batted back Labour criticism of the government’s economic policy by quoting the Shadow Deputy Prime Minister: ‘I think...
Stephen Michael MacLean
30 June 2014
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Pope Francis is at it again - speaking out on behalf of the poor, while casting aspersions on the free market, perhaps the poor’s greatest friend. In an address to a conference meeting in Rome...
Stephen Michael MacLean
27 February 2014
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The allure of minimum wage laws arises once more in both the UK and the US. While Chancellor Osborne has suggested raising the national minimum wage to £7.00, President Obama’s State of...
Stephen Michael MacLean
2 January 2014
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‘What are the foundations of a free society?’ asks a recent IEA publication. What key components are essential for realising the common good, and how well does the United Kingdom meet...
Stephen Michael MacLean
8 November 2013
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Telegraph blogger Tom Chivers has no qualms that ‘the three “mainstream” parties... are all essentially the same.’ As he writes, ‘The mainstream parties have...
Stephen Michael MacLean
16 September 2013
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Readers of the Telegraph blogs may have been intrigued by the title of a recent essay by Jeremy Warner, ‘Currency debasement never works — just ask Henry VIII’, only to discover -...
Stephen Michael MacLean
4 September 2013
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The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) is obviously no student of Aquinas in matters of politics. ‘Man is not ordained to the body politic, according to all that he is and has,’...
Stephen Michael MacLean
14 December 2012
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  The phrase ‘fiscal cliff’ now permeates the American media. In essence, the cliff is a series of legislated fiscal triggers that will be activated on 1 January, which include...
Stephen Michael MacLean
11 October 2012
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  John Meadowcroft’s recent article in defence of free markets, ‘From Big Macs to Big Brother’, begins thus: ‘One of the most important contemporary debates in...
Stephen Michael MacLean
15 May 2012
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Surveying the political field following the local elections - where Labour made gains at the expense of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats  - Ed West confesses gloomily that ‘Being...
Stephen Michael MacLean
12 April 2012
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Britons attentive to political affairs in Canada will be aware of its latest political scandal: allegations abound of electioneering shenanigans involving annoying telephone calls in the late of...
Stephen Michael MacLean
6 February 2012
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Who among us hasn’t wiled away a lazy hour with travel fantasies, courtesy of Google Maps? Not the French, apparently, who seem to have little appreciation for Google Maps’ indulgence...
Stephen Michael MacLean
25 November 2011
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Students of public choice theory will recognise the rationale behind the Canadian government’s recent effort to cut waste. In response to an access-to-information request, the Treasury...
Stephen Michael MacLean
25 July 2011
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Negotiations in Washington are providing an instructive lesson in political economy as both parties haggle over terms for raising the debt ceiling (currently at $14.3 trillion, to be hit on 2nd...
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...