Last week our news was alive with the rather trite but entertaining matter of the words twerking and selfie entering the hallowed pages of the Oxford English Dictionary. It was the last week of August, after all.
New words can tell us something about our modern ways, however, and new phrases are no different, so in that spirit I must recommend to readers a new book published by one of our oldest but least stuffy think tanks, the Institute of Economic Affairs, brought into this world in 1955. Its latest monograph by philosopher Jamie Whyte challenges the modern-day notion of evidence-based policy and debunks it to the point that if you ever hear a politician or commentator utter the phrase again, you should reach for your Browning or, in the absence of a firearms licence, run to the hills.
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