Monthly Archives: September 2012

Banning clamping on private land is exactly backwards

I was struck, when the smoking ban came in, that the effect on me was the opposite of that intended. I spend far more time on pavements than I do in pubs and trapping the smoke inside a pub protected me from it most of the time. Now it happens on pavements I am irritated…

Hayek: Prices, self-interest, altruism and more

Richard Carey has had a prolific week on Libertarian Home and his thoughts on Hayek have proved most popular. His review of the Master’s of Money Hayek profile has drawn some few hundred new faces to Libertarian Home. This is great, because from here these strangers might become aware of the Libertarian meetup at the…

Sennholz on the Great Depression

There’s not too much footage of economist Hans Sennholz, as far as I’ve discovered, which is a shame, as he’s a fine lecturer, speaking with a steely conviction, and not a little rhetorical swagger. Here he discusses the Great Depression at the Foundation of Economic Education (FEE) in 1988, introducing the subject by stressing its…

Quote of the day

First, change of attitude. To contribute in a personally more healthy way again. I won’t argue about technical details and specifications any more. That just turns me into a grumpy person (belated apologies). I doubt that promoting products by advertising their underlying technologies is the best way for establishing and growing a market anyway. That’s…

FT concedes that the welfare state is a ponzi scheme

© Kevin Rawlings

Last night the FT, a mainstream newspaper (and a client of mine as it happens), conceded that the welfare state is a Ponzi scheme. Defending the application of this illegal category of schemes to the welfare system, a theory was presented that only one future generation (the last) suffers out of this arrangement because each…

Taking Hayek in vain

Friedrich Hayek portrait

Well, my hopes weren’t high. I made it to the 16th minute of the BBC’s documentary on Friedrich Hayek, before having to switch it off. I challenge anyone to do better than that. What we are dealing with is a documentary formula, into which Hayek’s life and work has been stuffed. The particular formula is…