Kristian Niemietz

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  • The case for tax cuts – yes, even now

    Kristian Niemietz

    The Conservative Party leadership election and rising prices have sparked a national debate about whether now is the time for … Continue reading "The case for tax cuts – yes, even now"


  • How the Culture War is creating an “offence inflation”

    Kristian Niemietz

    The current Tory leadership contest has so far focused largely on quite specific economic differences between the contenders. Neither Liz … Continue reading "How the Culture War is creating an “offence inflation”"


  • What “socialism” means – and why it matters

    Kristian Niemietz

    What is socialism? If we go by the dictionary, this seems like a very straightforward and unambiguous matter. Merriam-Webster defines … Continue reading "What “socialism” means – and why it matters"


  • A supply-side agenda to solve the cost-of-living crisis

    Kristian Niemietz

    “[T]oday, the British middle class is being squeezed by a cost-of-living crisis as never before […] Prices of […] essentials … Continue reading "A supply-side agenda to solve the cost-of-living crisis"


  • The government needs to do less – the right kind of “less” – to solve the cost-of-living crisis

    Kristian Niemietz

    In his seminal book Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy (1942), the Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter explained one of the key characteristics … Continue reading "The government needs to do less – the right kind of “less” – to solve the cost-of-living crisis"


  • In defence of “Stalinist” housing targets

    Kristian Niemietz

    Housing targets have come under fire again. During the Conservative Party’s leadership election, one candidate described them as “Stalinist”, while … Continue reading "In defence of “Stalinist” housing targets"


  • Should dating apps be socialised? A response to Jacobin

    Kristian Niemietz

    Being a socialist these days mostly means randomly pointing at things, and shouting “Nationalise this!” or “Socialise that!”. Typical headlines … Continue reading "Should dating apps be socialised? A response to Jacobin"



  • Of socialist hedgehogs and liberal foxes

    Kristian Niemietz

    In his 1953 essay The Hedgehog and the Fox, the philosopher and political theorist Isaiah Berlin talked about what he saw … Continue reading "Of socialist hedgehogs and liberal foxes"


  • What Bertolt Brecht had in common with today’s Millennial Socialists

    Kristian Niemietz

    Today marks the 69th anniversary of the beginning of the East German uprising of 1953. It was the first of … Continue reading "What Bertolt Brecht had in common with today’s Millennial Socialists"


  • NHS “privatisation” – the failed conspiracy theory that never dies

    Kristian Niemietz

    Moral panics about imaginary secret plans to privatise the National Health Service are a time-honoured British tradition – so much … Continue reading "NHS “privatisation” – the failed conspiracy theory that never dies"


  • The rise and mutation of Millennial Socialism

    Kristian Niemietz

    On 16 May 2022, the Holborn & St Pancras Conservative Association book group organised an event where they discussed the … Continue reading "The rise and mutation of Millennial Socialism"