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e-cigarettes, snus, harm reduction
Christopher Snowdon
11 July 2013
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Are free markets incompatible with good health? To hear some of the rhetoric that comes from the medical establishment, you might think so. If the solution to every problem involves banning...
John Blundell
6 September 2012
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Up until prohibition, Guatemala, China, and Russia were the last three remaining countries with a well-developed legal market in international adoptions. All other nations that had once allowed...
Chris Snowdon
9 May 2012
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On 23 January 1912, representatives from twelve nations signed the International Opium Convention, which contracted them to ‘use their best endeavours to control, or to cause to be controlled...
David Atherton
7 September 2010
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Labour leadership candidate David Miliband has been posing as the champion of the Great British pub, saying he can save it by confronting large breweries over the beer tie. Under the beer tie, a...
Patrick Basham
15 July 2010
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Public health regulations frequently serve exclusively to prevent legal capitalistic acts between consenting adults. But the fact that prohibition’s history is a history of failure never stops...
Richard Wellings
17 March 2010
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The heavily publicised deaths of two teenagers in Lincolnshire who took mephedrone (known as “meow meow”) has led to calls for the drug to be banned. Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling...
Richard Wellings
7 August 2009
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●  Tim Congdon analyses Britain’s public debt crisis   ●  George Selgin suggests the US economy would be better off without the Federal Reserve    ●...
Richard Wellings
27 June 2009
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●  John Triggs celebrates the 150th anniversary of Samuel Smiles’ Self-Help   ●  Eustace Davie reviews They Meant Well: Government Project Disasters   ●  Peter J....
Richard Wellings
4 May 2009
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●  John Blundell writes about Margaret Thatcher’s revolution for The Washington Times   ●  Philip Booth argues that the UK’s finances cannot be restored by big tax...
Kristian Niemietz
6 April 2009
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It is not always necessary to contradict politicians; it is often better to wait until they contradict themselves. A case in point would seem to be Health Secretary Alan Johnson...
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...
Peter King
25 February 2009
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Those of us interested in extending personal freedom tend to make some rather glib assumptions in our thinking. For instance, it has been argued by several people recently on the IEA blog (with...
Nick Silver
17 February 2009
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Last week the government chose to ignore its own advisors and decided not to downgrade ecstasy to a “class B” drug. This is despite substantial evidence that existing policies have...
Kristian Niemietz
3 February 2009
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One of the justifications for government intervention in the market is the presence of ‘external effects’ or ‘externalities’ which occur when individual actions adversely...
Richard Wellings
28 November 2008
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●  Peter J. Boettke worries that governments are repeating the policy mistakes of the Great Depression.   ●  Philip Booth explains why we should be hopeful about the environment....
Richard Wellings
11 November 2008
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The last century has seen a steady expansion of the ‘nanny state’, a process that has arguably accelerated in the last decade. A ‘banning culture’ has developed, with...

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