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Essays

2013

Standing up to the new paternalists Today's nudging elite poses a threat to our everyday freedoms. spiked, 21 October 2013.

2012

"New York City's economy: more than Wall Street?" Chapter in London After Recession: A Fictitious Capital?, edited by Gavin Poynter, Iain Macrury and Andrew Calcutt (Ashgate, 2012).

2010

The trouble with "anti-capitalism". Contemporary so-called ‘anti-capitalism’ – which is underpinned by a powerful misanthropy – is the main barrier to progress today. spiked, 6 May 2010.

2009

Do we need a new ‘New Deal’?. Whatever conventional wisdom tells us, it isn’t true that Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal brought the Great Depression of the 1930s to an end. However, today’s leaders could learn a thing or two from FDR’s ambitious scope (second part of essay on Great Depression and New Deal). Review of The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, by Amity Shlaes; Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, by HW Brands;  The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction, by Eric Rauchway. spiked review of books, 24 May 2009.

The ‘credit crunch’: another Great Depression?. In the first part of his essay on the 1930s and today, Sean Collins puts the case for going beyond Keynesianism and monetarism and the obsession with finance to look at the deeper structural problems of capitalism. Review of The Great Depression and the New Deal: A Very Short Introduction, by Eric Rauchway; The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money, by John Maynard Keynes; Great Depressions of the Twentieth Century, edited by Timothy J Kehoe and Edward C Prescott; The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal, by Robert P Murphy; The Return of Depression Economics and the Crisis of 2008, by Paul Krugman. spiked review of books, 23 April 2009.

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