Neoliberalism 4: Waiting For Thatcher

by Mike Goodman

In the beginning . . .

This installment begins with the 1947 conference and The Mont Pelerin Society’s inauguration completed (see “Neoliberalism 3” in this series), with agreement made that it be a think tank and have a duty to promote intellectual promotion of the ideas of freedom. One key point to bear in mind is that all participants were unanimously against the ideas of Keynes and against Communism, as well as any form of collective government. Continue reading “Neoliberalism 4: Waiting For Thatcher”

Say “Welcome To Recession,” Great Britain

by Mike Goodman

We’re Not In Recession!

Not officially. But we soon will be. The government are congratulating themselves on reaching a so-called budget surplus for the last quarter (October to December) of 2017, which was the third quarter of the fiscal year just ended. They have done this, regardless of the state of the economy, as a deliberate policy target since that was first set by George Osborne. Continue reading “Say “Welcome To Recession,” Great Britain”

Neoliberalism 3: Mônt Pèlerin to Mont Pelerin

by Mike Goodman

The setting

Mônt Pèlerin is an idyllic Swiss resort set in the mountains above Lake Geneva, roughly half way between Lausanne to the east and Montreux to the west and set back just a little from the north shore of the lake itself. We can imagine that in early April the skiing was about over. The weather would still have had a chill in the air so the business of the summer season would yet be in abeyance. Hence a perfect setting for a conference, away from the bustle of a big city such as Paris and without the distractions of a busy resort. Continue reading “Neoliberalism 3: Mônt Pèlerin to Mont Pelerin”

Neoliberalism 2: From Paris to Pèlerin

by Mike Goodman

Errata

Before continuing on this journey it is appropriate to correct two errors in the introductory text last week.

The first is that the word Neoliberalism was adopted during the “Colloque Walter Lippmann” (the Walter Lippmann Colloquium) which took place in 1938, predating the Mont Pèlerin meeting it was accredited to last week by almost 9 years. Continue reading “Neoliberalism 2: From Paris to Pèlerin”

Police, the Law and Community Order

By Mike Goodman

There has been much reaction both in the mainstream and on social media recently about alarming increases in levels of violent crime and especially about the number of murders in London, reportedly 50 so far this year as at 8th April.

There has been wave upon wave of predictable reaction. The Home Secretary told us first that falling police numbers could not be to blame Continue reading “Police, the Law and Community Order”