School of Thought Episode Five

‘School of Thought’ is the IEA discussion series based on ‘101 Great Liberal Thinkers’ by Dr Eamonn Butler. Each week, Syed will discuss classical liberalism’s role in bringing the modern world into existence, profiling the lives and ideas of some of the leading thinkers on individual liberty and examining their relevance today. In this week’s ... Continue reading
​In this webinar Professor Mark Pennington, King's College London, looks at the distinction that Hayek makes between 'simple' and 'complex' phenomena and how this distinction can help us understand the challenge facing policy-makers working to address the corona virus pandemic. He considers what the character of the challenge presented by pandemic response can tell us ... Continue reading
We will soon be having a national conversation about welfare reform in which UBI will be central. UBI does away with bureaucracy and supports individual autonomy – but objections to it are about far more than just economics. This week's Definite Article focuses on the IEA's new briefing paper: Redefining the State of Welfare, and ... Continue reading

Talking Liberties with Grover Norquist

Grover Norquist discusses “Freedom vs Security: Security at any cost?” Grover is a renowned American political strategist, author of four books and president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan's request. He discusses his views on the ongoing COVID-19 crisis; the choices governments are making ... Continue reading
School of Thought’ is the IEA discussion series based on ‘101 Great Liberal Thinkers’ by Dr Eamonn Butler. Each week, Syed will discuss classical liberalism’s role in bringing the modern world into existence, profiling the lives and ideas of some of the leading thinkers on individual liberty and examining their relevance today. In this week’s ... Continue reading

#IEAsolation Episode Nine

As the nations of the UK diverge in their routes to tackle coronavirus, is this an advert for the current devolution settlement or a warning flag that the status quo cannot continue without reform? Originally recorded as a public webinar, this episode of #IEAsolation features SNP MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar Angus McNeil, Conservative ... Continue reading
What is the process of innovation? Why does it flare up and prosper in some environments more than others? And how can governments learn from the past to support & propel innovation for the future? In this week's edition of In Conversation, the IEA's Academic & Research Director Syed Kamall interviews Matt Ridley, author of ... Continue reading

Worldwide Webinar Episode Five

Should you put a price on human life? Is one life worth more than another? How should we calculate this? Julian Jessop, IEA Fellow and former IEA Chief Economist, looks at the economics of placing a value on human life and examines economic justifications for the lockdown. What economic cost should we be willing to ... Continue reading

Free Market Approaches to the Net Zero Target

Achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 will require trade offs. The current shutdowns due to coronavirus have given us some idea of what economic impact results from significant changes to the economy. What changes would be needed to achieve net zero, and are we willing to make them? Joining Darren Grimes, IEA Digital Manager, ... Continue reading