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The fuel pantomime: why put up with our vulnerability to the words of ministers?

Charles Moore is suggesting that this fuel pantomime may be a deliberate strategy: But now that I have heard the Conservatives’ private explanation, which is being handed down to constituency associations by MPs, I begin to feel angry. The private message is as follows. “This is our Thatcher moment. In order to defeat the coming miners’ strike, she stockpiled coal. When the strike came, she weathered it, and the Labour Party, tarred by the strike, was humiliated. In order to […]

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What kind of government? Looking forward to the budget

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Via the TaxPayers’ Alliance, this video explains vividly that the Government is spending £22,218 every second. In this week’s MoneyWeek, Merryn Somerset Webb’s editorial is titled “Slash spending and taxes”. She refers to Dr Tim Morgan’s work which explains that the economy has for too long been dependent on private borrowing and public spending and that, now these are “dead in the water”, 70% of the economy is incapable of growth. I have previously explained that this Government will be […]

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Via LearnLiberty – Social Cooperation: Why thieves hate free markets

Via LearnLiberty.org: And also: Society is concerted action, cooperation. Society is the outcome of conscious and purposeful behaviour. … Individual man is born into a socially organized environment. In this sense alone we may accept the saying that society is–logically or historically–antecedent to the individual. In every other sense this dictum is either empty or nonsensical. The individual lives and acts within society. But society is nothing but the combination of individuals for cooperative effort. It exists nowhere else than […]

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Merry Christmas

Having cleared my correspondence, I now intend to be comprehensively offline for a few days. And moreover, having traversed a wide range of issues which go wrong in people’s lives, with which the state seems incompetent to help to varying degrees, I am ever more confirmed in the view that I expressed in an article on ConservativeHome: The change we need is a change within. From a belief that human relationships should be based on class conflict and mutual plunder […]

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Ideas are more powerful than armies

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Update: amended links for public read access. This afternoon, I am presenting five books which illustrate that ideas are more powerful than armies at the Young Briton’s Foundation conference. Here are the slides: Or browse here:

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Thank goodness for Janet Daley

If ever there was a time for radical proposals by a governing party, this is it. Rather than the imitative, mealy-mouthed shuffling of dollops of money from one departmental scheme to another, in what will inevitably look like panic in the face of rising youth unemployment and disappointing growth figures, what we need is a display of real insight and nerve. … We will have to choose, quite soon, between liberty and the “security” of a society in which government controls […]

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Via LearnLiberty.org: Liberty and Community

Via LearnLiberty.org, another superb video, this time on liberty and community, which reinforces Mises’ argument that “Society is cooperation; it is community in action”:

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BBC News – Stock markets rise on hopes of more US Fed stimulus

Via BBC News – Stock markets rise on hopes of more US Fed stimulus: Stock markets and gold prices have risen, while the dollar has fallen, as markets anticipate further stimulus measures by the US Federal Reserve. Compare to Roger Koppl’s Big Players and the Economic Theory of Expectations, which I reviewed here. As Koppl writes: Big Players are privileged actors who disrupt markets. A Big Player has three defining characteristics. He is big in the sense that his actions […]

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The riots in England

Over the past few days, many constituents have written to me expressing anger and dismay about the riots, policing and justice. I share this anger and dismay.  As I said in my article on Wednesday, we must establish that the state’s duty is to protect the law-abiding and their property first and foremost and that the police do not require the consent of rioters before acting with reasonable force. The Prime Minister has said that we will do whatever it takes […]

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ConservativeHome’s Platform: Steve Baker MP: Egypt teeters, exposing lessons for the UK

On ConservativeHome’s Platform: Steve Baker MP: Egypt teeters, exposing lessons for the UK: Under the auspices of the Iman Foundation, Syed Kamall MEP and I travelled this week to Cairo to promote pluralism and the principles of a free society. We delivered two successful seminars on democracy, freedom and tolerance – one for senior political and academic figures and one for young activists – in addition to meeting members of Egypt’s political class. These seminars followed Syed’s previous work in Cote d’Ivoire based on Principles […]

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