Society and Culture
In the early stages of the lockdown, James Kirkup of the Social Market Foundation wrote an article posing the question: “Will the pandemic kill off libertarianism?”. The need for a lockdown, he argued, refuted – or at least seriously undermined – the libertarian view of human nature as benign and reasonable: “[L]ibertarianism […] suggests that ... Continue reading

Dr Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX

"The case for limited government does not rest on the assumption that we are all perfectly rational and benign. It rests on the assumption that whatever “messy, complicated human frailties” we may have as individuals are amplified, not neutralised, by politics and political decisionmaking" says Dr Kristian Niemietz, Head of Political Economy at the Institute ... Continue reading

Professor Len Shackleton writes for The Telegraph

With calls to remove a memorial window dedicated to Sir Ronald Fisher because of his connections with eugenics, John Maynard Keynes must surely be next in line for dabbling in eugenics, writes IEA editorial and research fellow Professor Len Shackleton. In a column for The Telegraph, Len argues that "a consistent application of wokeness to ... Continue reading
I normally do not pay attention to implicit political messages in movies or TV series. I blank out a movie’s politics deliberately, because I already know in advance that I’ll disagree with it, that I’ll find it silly, and that concentrating on it would just ruin the movie for me. In recent weeks, however, lockdown-induced ... Continue reading

Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX

What does the proliferation of films with a quasi-Marxist message tell us about society today? Kristian Niemietz writes for CapX on two recent hits - 'The Platform' and 'Snowpiercer' - and how their themes of no social mobility, competition between elites and the poor, and limited resources aim to show the weaknesses of capitalism. Kristian ... Continue reading
Society and Culture
While many American cities are sinking under a wave of violence, the airwaves are, understandably, dominated by talk of racism against African Americans. Meanwhile, little attention is being paid to racism against Asian Americans – yet since the onset of the Corona crisis, the United States has seen an increase in violence against Asians: In ... Continue reading
Society and Culture
Around 4.45pm on Saturday, September 2nd 1939, regular league football came to a halt. It didn’t kick off again until 3pm on August 31st 1946. The current football lockdown will not continue that long, but normal service cannot resume any time soon. Early May is usually the climax of the football season, with championships, cups, ... Continue reading
Government and Institutions
The contact tracing app being developed by NHSX (the technology wing of Our NHS) has been subject to scrutiny in the past days. As it is being trialled on the Isle of Wight, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee and the Joint Committee on Human Rights both heard evidence from NHSX’s CEO Matthew ... Continue reading
Society and Culture

Emma Revell writes for ConHome

The prospect of continued restrictions on our liberties, including on our right to protest, "should alarm any democrat", writes Head of Communications Emma Revell. In an article for Conservative Home, Emma argues that the lockdown "has shown us how fragile freedom is and how hard we must fight to protect it." Read the full article here.... Continue reading