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Abstract for My IEA Talk

I’m giving the Institute of Economic Affairs‘ 2019 Hayek Memorial Lecture on December 3 in London.  The title: “Poverty: Who’s To Blame?”  And unlike in the U.S., lectures in the U.K. have abstracts!  Here’s mine: Abstract: Who, if anyone, is morally to blame for the continued existence of severe poverty? I argue that governments in both poor and rich countries bear primary responsibility. Governments in poor countries are blameworthy for stifling development with...

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On Steve Davies’s new book

Steve Davies is perhaps the most knowledgeable person I know, almost infallible when quoting dates and events. His book on the “nature and origins” of the modern economy is an excellent one. Different than others (including Deirdre McCloskey’s Bourgeois trilogy), Davies focuses more on presenting competing theses than on advancing a new, apparently original one. I found his book very valuable and reviewed it for our sister website, Law & Liberty. A key point of...

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Wisdom from Mark Littlewood

In the last issue of Economic Affairs, Mark Littlewood, the Director-General of the IEA in London, offers his blueprint for arguing a stronger case for free markets in the contemporary world. Mark quotes (approvingly!) Tony Benn, “every generation has to fight the same battles again and again for there is no final victory and no final defeat”. The so-called “battle of ideas”, a metaphor dear to Littlewood’s predecessor John Blundell, is never over. And our current...

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