by Mike Goodman
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”
The first article in what will be a lengthy series examining the creation, formulation, expansion and wide acceptance of the Neoliberal doctrine of political philosophy. The series will go on to analyse how it has informed political and economic activity since its take up by the Reagan and Thatcher administrations in the USA and UK respectively.
by Mike Goodman
The term neoliberalism is being bandied around on social media and people are labelled with the handle neoliberal as though the words were synonymous with rock and roll teenagers’ slang in the early 1960s. Does anybody (apart from me) remember “77 Sunset Strip” and the “hip” language of its somewhat larger than life hero? Continue reading “Neoliberalism 1: What Is It? Where Did It Come From? A Force For Good Or For Evil?”
The Case against Ricardian Equivalence
by Joe Blackwell
Today the use of fiscal policy (expanding government spending or reducing taxes) to stimulate GDP growth in times of recession has become one of the most controversial policy areas of modern macroeconomics. For those who favour free market based solutions, commonly known as neoliberals, interventionist fiscal policy is inherently wasteful and distorts the processes of the market system. On the other side of the debate are the various groups of Keynesians who see fiscal policy as a crucial stabilisation tool to prevent the economy entering a deep and prolonged recession. Continue reading “Does Stimulus Spending Work?”
A case of wasted potential, rent-seeking, and corruption
by Diego Ramiro Lattes
I sometimes wonder about the Soviet Union, what if history had been different? A myriad of scenarios come to my mind, but no easy answers. To venture into a realm of honest possibilities – plausible courses of action – requires a more thorough look at history than random newspaper articles allow. Continue reading “The USSR: When Dogma Stifles Innovation”