Kristian Niemietz

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  • Brexit wasn’t worth it

    Kristian Niemietz

    In the run-up to the 2016 EU Referendum, people at the IEA and in its wider orbit were having lively … Continue reading "Brexit wasn’t worth it"


  • A review of the election manifestos: healthcare

    Kristian Niemietz

    On healthcare, the party manifestos make for some dreary reading. They remain almost entirely stuck in the current NHS orthodoxy. … Continue reading "A review of the election manifestos: healthcare"


  • Classics revisited: “The Housing Question” by Friedrich Engels (1872)

    Kristian Niemietz

    “A multimillion-pound luxury penthouse flat named after the revolutionary socialist thinker Friedrich Engels is the latest example of Manchester repurposing … Continue reading "Classics revisited: “The Housing Question” by Friedrich Engels (1872)"


  • Why the political Right needs to overcome its obsession with immigration

    Kristian Niemietz

    First things first. I believe that the vast majority of the people who want to cut net migration are neither … Continue reading "Why the political Right needs to overcome its obsession with immigration"


  • The Economics of National Service

    Kristian Niemietz

    National Service, another failed idea that never dies, is in the news again. It would be tempting to dismiss the … Continue reading "The Economics of National Service"


  • Colonialism – the foundation of Western prosperity?

    Kristian Niemietz

    On 28 May, the IEA hosted the panel discussion “Colonialism – the foundation of Western prosperity?”, on the subject of … Continue reading "Colonialism – the foundation of Western prosperity?"


  • Rent control: the failed idea that never dies

    Kristian Niemietz

    Political arguments are often 80% about framing and vibes. A common rhetorical strategy in political debates is to present your … Continue reading "Rent control: the failed idea that never dies"



  • Imperial Measurement: a rejoinder to Will Hutton and the Guardian/Observer

    Kristian Niemietz

    Observer columnist Will Hutton is not a fan of my latest publication Imperial Measurement: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Western Colonialism. … Continue reading "Imperial Measurement: a rejoinder to Will Hutton and the Guardian/Observer"


  • Imperial Measurement: a rejoinder to Prof Alan Lester

    Kristian Niemietz

    My new book Imperial Measurement: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Western Colonialism is a rebuttal of the Williams Thesis, or at … Continue reading "Imperial Measurement: a rejoinder to Prof Alan Lester"