Society and Culture
The BBC headline announced the sad news as “Roger Scruton: Conservative thinker dies at 75”.  Many who have heard him speak or read his works will feel that to describe Roger Scruton as merely a “conservative thinker” is to understate his influence on thinkers of the conservative and other philosophical and political traditions. He wrote ... Continue reading
Society and Culture

Prof Syed Kamall remembers Sir Roger Scruton

Conservative thinker Sir Roger Scruton sadly passed away on Sunday 12th January. In a letter to the editor of City AM, IEA Academic and Research Director Prof Syed Kamall looked back on Sir Roger's work, praising the great breadth of his influence. Syed noted that Sir Roger's philosophy was best summed up when he wrote ... Continue reading
Society and Culture
2020 marks the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Institute of Economic Affairs, often referred to as the grandfather or mothership of free market and classical liberal think tanks. Classical liberalism has no party-political home, but traces of it can be found in all major parties, so over the years, we have employed staff ... Continue reading
Society and Culture
The 2010s are over. As we embark on the 2020s, now is the perfect time to reflect on the immense technological advancements that humanity has made since the dawn of the new millennium. This article goes through, in no particular order, 20 of the most significant technological advancements we have made in the last 20 ... Continue reading

Prof Philip Booth on talkRadio

Following the release of a new poll revealing three quarters of Britons are in favour of scrapping the BBC licence fee, Professor Philip Booth discussed the BBC's funding model with presenter Mike Graham on talkRadio. Philip argued that "changes in technology mean that the current approach to financing, owning and regulating the BBC is no ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

Our overbearing sense of gloom is "totally detached from measurable economic factors in the real world", argues Director General Mark Littlewood for The Times. Writing his biweekly column, Mark predicts that the 2020s are going to be the best ever time to be alive; we will continue to live longer, become measurably richer and face ... Continue reading
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Emily Carver writes for 1828

Regardless of last week's decisive win for the Tories, one thing’s for sure: young people have bought into the left’s “post-capitalist” agenda. Writing for 1828, Media Manager Emily Carver argues that, while this  should be cause for concern in its own right, what’s even more worrying is the growing intolerance of alternative viewpoints. These days, ... Continue reading

Philip Booth writes for the Telegraph

"Different forms of corporate governance work well in different situations. So, why not turn the BBC into a subscriber-owned mutual and create a genuine people’s broadcaster?", asks Senior Academic Fellow Philip Booth Writing for the Daily Telegraph, Philip argues that we should end the TV licence within the next two years and allow people to ... Continue reading
Society and Culture

Philip Booth quoted in the Daily Telegraph

The licence fee has not been good value for money for many viewers, says  Economics Fellow Philip Booth. Philip argues that while the licence "is no doubt great value for some people... for others it will be poor value. That is why the BBC should be turned into a subscription service and become a mutual ... Continue reading
Research
This short paper, originally published by the IEA in August 2018, was revised, expanded and re-released to coincide with the 30th anniversary  of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Mirage of Democratic Socialism reiterates the classical liberal critique of socialism. It does so in a format which is slightly unusual for IEA publications, namely ... Continue reading