Society and Culture
A while ago, I took part in a panel discussion on the issue of “Millennial Socialism”. One of the speakers, who was broadly on my side of this argument, called for a self-imposed moratorium on the V-word: Venezuela. Critics of socialism, he argued, had been banging on about Venezuela for too long, and they had ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City A.M.

"They say once is a coincidence, twice is an accident, three times is a pattern" and as the government delays introducing the so-call 'Porn Laws' for a third time, Kate Andrews, Associate Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, argues they should use the delay as an opportunity to reconsider. Kate argues the new laws, which ... Continue reading
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Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX

The Left is still exercising ambiguity on Cuba, writes Kristian Niemietz for CapX. This week, John McDonnell gave a speech at a "Garden Party for Cuba", proclaiming them socialist comrades, despite two weeks ago suggesting Cuba, Venezuela, and the former Soviet Union were "never socialism". Kristian notes that while most socialist experiments go through three ... Continue reading
Several readers of my book Socialism: The Failed Idea That Never Dies got back to me, arguing that the way I use the term “socialism” is too narrow, and too formulaic. My definition, they say, may be technically correct; the dictionary may indeed say that “socialism” means a state-run economy, based on public ownership of ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for City A.M.

In the light of the D-Day anniversary, those arguing that President Trump's election and the Brexit vote constitute 'national crises' need to stop and pause says Kate Andrews, IEA Associate-Director, in her fortnightly column for City A.M. Kate notes that "the fact of the matter is that none of us would have been able to ... Continue reading
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Kristian Niemietz writes for The Telegraph

Kristian Niemietz, Head of Political Economy at the Institute of Economic Affairs, writes for The Telegraph on the cognitive dissonance of those who elevate the moral status on 1980s coal miners but condemn 2019 coal-mining as an environmental disaster. Kristian argues the miner's strike has been romanticised by those on the left, with little cultural ... Continue reading
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Kate Andrews appears on Good Morning Britain

Kate Andrews, Associate Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, appeared on ITV's Good Morning Britain, discussing feminism and Dominic Raab's comments that he did not consider himself a feminist. Kate argues that the majority of women do not self-identify as feminists and that the term has lost its original meaning of equality for everyone. ... Continue reading

Kate Andrews writes for The Spectator

As Dominic Raab proclaims he is not a feminist, Kate Andrews writes for The Spectator on why that shouldn't come as a big surprise. Modern feminism in places like the UK and US seems more interested in promoting sex strikes than it does with female genital mutilation or violence against women, says Kate, so it ... Continue reading
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Kate Andrews appears on the BBC Radio 4's 'Across the Red Line'

Kate Andrews, Associate Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs, joined the BBC Radio 4 show 'Across the Red Lines' to discuss if individualism is a virtue. Kate, who appeared alongside critic and author Sarah Ditum, suggested that individualism was a "based virtue" which other virtues can be build upon, that individualism is about being ... Continue reading

Mark Littewood writes for The Times

Mark Littlewood, IEA Director-General, writes in the Times - following the cancellation of the Jeremy Kyle Show - that society needs to open up a serious debate and who and what we mean by the term 'vulnerable'. Mark argues that instead of insulating swathes of the population from making their own decisions, we need to ... Continue reading