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Last Friday spiked published an article by me on behavioural economics. An individual’s stance on politics largely depends on his view of the capacity of humans to exercise reason. It is no exaggeration to say that the ideas of freedom and democracy are premised on the notion that people can act rationally. Think of any […]

You can listen to my introduction on behavioural economics at last week’s Institute of Ideas Economy Forum HERE.

I will be introducing a discussion of behavioural economics at the Institute of Ideas Economy Forum in London this coming Thursday evening. Do come along if you can. The discussion will range far wider than what is normally conceived of as economics. Details can be found HERE.

I am delighted to be speaking at the Battle of Ideas weekend at the Barbican Centre in London on 22 and 23 October 2016. On the Saturday I will be speaking on a panel on the super-rich and on the Sunday on the debate about social inequality. I will post more details at a later […]

Those who know German would do well to read Zeitgeisterjagd (Hunting the Zeitgeist) by Matthias Heitmann. The German author explores the dire consequences of the spirit of the times we live in. Risk aversion has infused public and private life to such an extent that we think of ourselves as unable to act upon the […]

The following is a blog post I wrote on behavioural economics for the Institute of Economic Affairs website. Anyone who has what might be called an instinct for freedom is likely to baulk at being dictated to by experts. A fundamental liberal principle is that individuals should have the autonomy to make their own decisions […]

This is the original (unedited) version of my latest book review for the Financial Times. Although Yuval Levin is a self-avowed conservative he takes aim at both sides of the US political divide in this perceptive work. The former White House staffer under President George W Bush sees both progressives and conservatives as wallowing in […]

This is my latest comment for IPE magazine. It is a tragedy that a basic truth has been forgotten. The world is going to need huge amounts more energy for everyone to achieve reasonable living standards. Recent World Bank statistics on global poverty make sobering reading. The trend is improving over time, but, in 2012, […]

The video recording of my Berlin Salon debate on “Do we need economic growth?” is now online.

The audio recording of my Berlin Salon debate on “Do we need economic growth?” is now online. It turned out to be a fiery exchange in places.