Friday

Mark Pennington: What is wrong with egalitarianism IN THEORY?

I have just been listening to Mark Pennington talking about his book in a podcast. I am no master of the theories of political economy so this is an amateur quick summary and aide memoire. Pennington is basically trying to … Continue reading

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Friday

Hitler was a socialist – not right wing

I have recently come across a book called “Liberal Fascism” by Jonah Goldberg. He makes two points that really ring bells. The first is that the widespread idea that fascism – including Hitler and Mussolini – is of the Right … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Politics, Recommended reading
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Wednesday

Welfare reform reduced poverty in America. When will the Tories endorse it?

I attended a talk by Professor Larry Mead at the Institute of Economic Affairs the night before last. He gave his talk in a scholarly, methodical way – quite different from the more openly partisan talk given by Ron Haskins … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Parenting, Recommended reading, Reform, Welfare benefits
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Thursday

Recommended reading

I had difficulty for a while finding a long-run history of social security so I was glad to find England’s Road to Social Security by Karl de Schweinitz. Despite its pro-welfare state bias, it also describes very well those people … Continue reading

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