Politics & Liberty Major Publications:
The Decline of Liberty under a Pampered Majority
Quadrant, October 2014
Governmental redistributionist and interventionist policies have been accumulating for two centuries. The seizure of income, the stifling of entrepreneurship and increased regulation of commerce has proceeded almost unremittingly. Ironically, this took place during a period in which mankind has enjoyed an unprecedented upsurge in prosperity.
The Western Way of Economic Decline
Quadrant 1st November, 2012
"Imperial overreach" is sometimes used to describe a United States that is less and less able to maintain its global dominance. The phrase reflects upon the fall of ancient Rome and the demise of the British Empire.
The Rise of China is the Real End of History
Quadrant 4th May, 2012
War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading. - Thomas Hardy, The Dynasts Reprising Hegel's view that the Battle of Jena in 1806 represented the "end of history", Francis Fukuyama described the 1989 fall of communism in similar terms. Fukuyama was heavily criticised at the time and so, no doubt, was Hegel, but both dates saw dramatic changes in politics and international relations.
The Gold, the Red and the Green
Quadrant 10th January, 2012
There has been one constant in the defining struggle in politics over the past two centuries. That struggle has been between those who want more of their country's resources and incomes to be "fairly" shared on some politically determined basis, and those who want the incomes and resources to be retained by the people who earn and own them, allowing those people to consume their income and wealth with minimal restraint on the direction of such consumption.