Until I spoke on a panel on technology at a recent event in London I did not appreciate the passions evoked by Bitcoin. For many libertarians Bitcoin, along with other digital currencies, provides a way to exercise freedom by allowing users to circumvent the bureaucratic power of governments and central banks. It does this by […]
The Institute of Ideas’ Economy Forum website has recently been updated to include a recording of my introduction to a discussion of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations. Scroll down to view. There is also a recording of my earlier introduction on neoliberalism.
My review of Tyler Cowen’s Average Is Over: Powering America beyond the age of the Great Stagnation (Dutton) was published on the spiked review of books on Friday. Suppose you go on a date and are faced with that perennially tricky question: does the other person fancy me? The answer is not always easy to […]
With inflation dipping down to only 0.5% in March there is much speculation about whether the European Central Bank (ECB) will finally embrace quantitative easing (QE). The pundits are busy pondering whether it will belatedly follow other central banks in taking unconventional monetary measures to stave off deflation. This is a misleading way to discuss the […]
I will be debating Nick Dearden, the director of the World Development Movement, at the national conference of ResultsUK on Saturday 10th May. The event is on the weekend of 10th-12th May at St Lukes Community Centre, Old Street, London.
This is the text of a box within my latest Fund Strategy cover story on Japan. Tensions between Japan and its regional neighbours represent one of the greatest threats to any positive scenario for the country’s recovery. Strains in Asia more generally represent one of the gravest threats to global stability. The rows between Japan, […]
This is the main text of my recent Fund Strategy cover story on Japan’s experiment with “Abenomics”. Note that I had to be a guarded in expressing my own opinion as my brief was to write a feature based on the views of others. Three arrows held together cannot be broken, according to a Japanese […]
My latest Fund Strategy column examines the worrying trend towards slower economic growth in emerging economies. By coincidence the World Bank today revised downwards its forecast for growth in East Asia. A disturbing new tag has become attached to the emerging world in recent months. The term “fragile five” has started to compete with Brics and […]
I am delighted to be speaking on the opening keynote panel at the Liberty League Freedom Forum in London next weekend. Tickets are available here.
Economics may have ignored financial markets in the past but it has gone way too far in the opposite direction. Nowadays finance has become an obsession while there is little talk about the real economy. I was reminded of this trend while listening to a recent BBC Radio 4 Analysis programme presented by Duncan Weldon. At […]
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