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John Blundell
20 December 2013
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Students who cheat are more likely to want public sector careers. That is the core finding of Rema Hanna of Harvard’s Kennedy School and Shing-Yi Wang of Penn’s Wharton School in a recent...
John Blundell
10 July 2013
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This week marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Sir Antony Fisher, founder of the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. Antony Fisher was a very charming man...
John Blundell
1 June 2013
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‘Behind every great man there is a great woman’ has to be close to being the most hackneyed expression in the English language, but in the case of Milton Friedman one has to give really...
John Blundell
9 April 2013
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There are so many popular myths about Lady Thatcher and the IEA it is hard to know where to start in unbundling them all. So let’s start with Lady T. herself. Her father Alf Roberts was a...
John Blundell
6 December 2012
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 A review of Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics by Daniel Stedman Jones (2012, Princeton University Press). I approached this long awaited volume...
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...
John Blundell
18 January 2012
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Why it took National Lottery funds to make this movie and what Americans make of the opening credit are questions I cannot answer. And this is a very hard movie to review by somebody such as myself...
John Blundell
17 June 2011
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I journeyed to Harare, Zimbabwe recently with some trepidation. After all IEA author Dr Roger Bate is banned and in The Beautiful Tree James Tooley tells of being arrested and questioned heavily...
John Blundell
25 October 2010
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Given by John Blundell, the IEA’s Distinguished Senior Fellow, to the Mont Pelerin Society in Sydney, Australia, on 15 October 2010. Professor Sir Alan Walters was Europe’s...
Richard Wellings
17 June 2010
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For perhaps only the second time in its history the IEA will feature in a comic book. The first instance was over a decade ago when Antony Fisher, IEA founder, appeared in such a publication along...
John Blundell
22 April 2010
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James Tooley’s recent book The Beautiful Tree is the best single book on public policy to be published since Charles Murray’s Losing Ground twenty-five years ago. It richly deserves...
John Blundell
15 January 2010
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Six weeks before he died in late April 1946, Keynes was visited by Hayek, who told me the conversation went something like this: HAYEK: What if you are wrong? KEYNES: Don’t worry. If I...
John Blundell
4 December 2009
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I approached SuperFreakonomics with great hope but also mild trepidation. The great hope was that Levitt and Dubner had pulled it off again after the incredible (and well-deserved) success of...
John Blundell
1 September 2009
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All of us who knew Milton Friedman can attest to the importance of Rose in so many ways it is hard to list. From an IEA perspective I recall the Friedmans living in 1750 Taylor Street, San Francisco...
John Blundell
26 August 2009
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If you had told me that an absolute page-turner of a novel with a strong pro-market message had been published in 2005; that its theme could not be more topical today as Americans...
John Blundell
11 April 2009
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The news that the Metropolitan Police is to order officers to stop walking the beat in pairs and to go solo is a huge step forward. For over a decade the IEA has been highlighting what works 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...
John Blundell
22 October 2008
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This is the best non-partisan short book on “Thatcherism” and the 1979-1990 era to have appeared to date. It is wide ranging, all encompassing, massively referenced with a great Bibliography and...
John Blundell
19 September 2008
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I once heard Sudha Shenoy described as the original pin-up model of the “Austrian” school of thought in economics. Whatever the merits of that description, she was certainly a...