3 thoughts on “Hack away – and smile while doing it, minister”

  1. Posted 06/09/2010 at 17:20 | Permalink

    Indeed, Mark. And a few of us are trying also to get (in my case Lib Dems) to understand that the state’s “unintended consequences” are the very things that plunge people into dependency and so on.

    Like the case of Housing Benefit. £20bn a year that does not subsidise poor households but landowners and at the same time puts a base-line on non-HB rents and therefore on the capitalised cost of housing to purchase that affects all of us to the tune of much more than that £20bn.

    I’ve been calling it “rigorous liberalism.”

  2. Posted 07/09/2010 at 15:47 | Permalink

    And not forgetting our friend Frederic Bastiat 1801-1850http://bastiat.org/en/the_law.html

  3. Posted 09/09/2010 at 08:52 | Permalink

    An excellent article. However, I’ve always found Hayek’s pleading that he wasn’t a conservative rather unconvincing. Many of this arguments regarding social justice and the morality of state action fit within the conservative tradition as does his justification of the social consequences of individual action.

    We need to remember that one of the most famous Whigs was Edmund Burke, the founder of modern conservatism. Burke never really identified himself with the Tories even after he was repudiated by his former Whig colleagues when he criticised the French Revoluton.

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