Month: December 2016

The Fed: Re-loading the gun for a lost fight

Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen has a plan: she wants to follow up on the December rate hike with three more quarter-point increases in 2017. The reasons, she [...]

Why we doubt the climate change consensus

The planet is warming. The average global temperature has risen by 0.8 degrees Celsius since 1880. The 10 warmest years since then have all occurred since the [...]

Calling out the media coverage of Syria

Sometimes it takes a brief and concise summary of a complicated matter to get people’s attention and potentially change perceptions which have come to be [...]

The Fed hikes but bubbles are not going away

The Federal reserve met market expectations yesterday and raised the target for the benchmark Fed Funds rate by 0.25% to 0.5-0.75%, and market consensus is for [...]

Markets, manure and the future of mankind: the case against environmental regulation

“In 50 years, every street in London will be buried under nine feet of manure.” So predicted the London Times newspaper in 1894. An army of more than [...]

A free-market approach to immigration

The Brexit and Trump votes have changed politics as we knew it on both sides of the Atlantic, with populist movements setting an agenda which is in opposition [...]

In transport, safety is profit

This week saw a relatively benign announcement from Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, who is intending to hand over responsibility for track maintenance to [...]

Multiculturalism and the problem with public property

The left on both sides of the Atlantic has much to lament: Brexit, Trump and the last week the victory of Francois Fillon in the French Republican primary, [...]

Rules and Laws: similar but not the same

An unintelligent but often heard objection to libertarianism is that in a world without a state, people would not know what side of the road to drive on. The [...]