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Democracy doesn’t matter to the defenders of ‘economic freedom’

The league tables created by conservative thinktanks show that neoliberalism is about ringfencing economic power Quinn Slobodian Two of the “freest economies” in the world are on fire. According to indexes of “economic freedom” published annually separately by two conservative thinktanks – the Heritage Foundation and the Fraser Institute – Hong Kong has been number one in the rankings for more than ...

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Run, Mike, Run!

A Bloomberg-Trump contest would be one between a maker and a faker Bret Stephens Mike Bloomberg should run for president, for two reasons that ought to be dispositive. First, he would be a very good president, potentially a great one. Second, he stands a much better chance of beating Donald Trump than anyone in the current Democratic field. The main ...

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Now we have proof: the government used your money to lie about poor people

After I revealed Whitehall plans to deceive the public on universal credit, an investigation began. Its conclusions are shocking Aditya Chakrabortty Early this summer, a national newspaper published a string of curious articles. Under the logo Universal Credit Uncovered, the features promised readers of the Metro the truth about this most notorious of all benefits. The series began with a ...

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Elizabeth Warren’s project is to remake capitalism. What can British politicians learn from her?

Both Labour and the Lib Dems would do well to study her crusading manifesto Will Hutton For 40 years, western democracies have been gripped by the doctrine that unalloyed capitalism works. In 2019, the debate has moved on. Capitalism may rule the planet, but it plainly needs fixing. Disaffection is obvious and rising, variously behind the story of riots in Chile or ...

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