How the Light Get’s Into Hay on Wye

Be careful if you are thinking of attending – there is a good chance you’ll bump into Owen Jones (or worse George Galloway) – but I notice a weird event taking place this month in sunny Wales. HowTheLightGetsIn, a Philosphy and Music festival running concurently with the Hay Festival (and also in Hay) is a confusing proposition: a concurrent festival with a programme of events clearly intended to rivalally the original. It’s like some kind of profressive take over bid of the Telegraph sponsored main Hay Festival.

© Peter

© Peter

If you take a look at the the Politics and Economics programme then you’ll see there are a good number of events that could do with a libertarian or two in the audience asking a few ballistic questions.

It sounds to me like “Signals in the World Economy” could use a Hayekian grenadier (figuratively, not literally, please!), and “Beyond Left and Right” needs someone like Yaron Brook. Actually, if we’re going to play fantasy football with philosophers, then lets send Stephen Davies to that one and save Yaron for this one: “The Eye of the Needle” where “freemarket proponent” (and classical liberal) Jamie Whyte seems to have been the lumbered with the task of defending tax avoidance. The Biblical title suggests he is up against none other than Jesus himself. Time to call for back up Jamie!

If you want to head along then anyone on the mailing list or signed up to the meetup can enter a competition to win two tickets to the Eye of the Needle event.





  1. Asking a question from the audience is lop sided power relationship – unless the speaker is an idiot they will crush the questioner (ruthlessly make them look like an idiot – or worse).

    Basic rule of thumb – if you are not given equal time with the collectivist, do not go.

    I would love to visit Hey – but not during festival period.



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