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John Meadowcroft
21 January 2013
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An important component of the argument of F. A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom is that those people likely to derive utility from directing and ordering others will come to occupy the positions at...
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...
John Meadowcroft
10 September 2012
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One of the most important contemporary debates in political economy concerns the impact of the market on culture and the allegation that unfettered market forces will supply ‘dumbed-down...
John Meadowcroft
1 September 2010
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Libertarians have traditionally been sceptical of the case for electoral reform, in large part because there appears to be a relationship between high levels of public spending and the various...
John Meadowcroft
22 April 2010
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Political commentators are currently expending much energy trying to explain (what we might call) the Nick Clegg phenomenon – including one contribution to this blog already. Policy analysis...
John Meadowcroft
18 June 2009
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Advocates of privatisation have often paid insufficient attention to one of the most important reasons why scholars like Friedman and Hayek argued in favour of privatisation: that people are the...
John Meadowcroft
3 March 2009
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Irrespective of the moral rights and wrongs of the former Royal Bank of Scotland chief Sir Fred Goodwin’s pension entitlement, the widely reported comment by the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party,...
John Meadowcroft
6 February 2009
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In recent months there appears to have been a resurgence of scholarly interest in F. A. Hayek’s classic of political economy, The Road to Serfdom. Academics have been focusing in particular on...
John Meadowcroft
15 January 2009
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Economists often identify a dichotomy between people’s stated preferences and the preferences that are revealed when people are actually required to choose between scarce uses of their...
John Meadowcroft
23 October 2008
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Sir – Marx’s theory of the crises of capitalism is little more than a melodramatic description of the business cycle — standard fare in economic analysis. Every original...
John Meadowcroft
25 September 2008
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The Guardian’s environment editor, John Vidal, cannot resist a swipe at the IEA’s latest publication, Climate Change Policy: Challenging the Activists. Vidal doesn’t address any of...
John Meadowcroft
17 September 2008
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This morning the UK government announced that in the last quarter unemployment rose by more than 80,000 to a total of 1.7 million. We should never forget the countless personal tragedies that these...
John Meadowcroft
9 September 2008
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In a letter to The Times on 8 August 1980, the IEA’s founder Editorial Director Arthur Seldon made the following three predictions: The Soviet Union will not survive the century China will go...