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Back in the 1970s, British socialists made a free-trade case against the EU

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Back in the 1970s, British socialists made a free-trade case against the EU

As Brexit dominates the news, we can look back and notice that the United Kingdom had a very similar debate on the European Union 40 years ago. The positions of left and right, however, were reversed.   The EEC   In June of 1975, the United Kingdom held a referendum to decide whether or not it wanted to remain in the European Economic Community (EEC), the precursor to the European…

Open Borders? Maybe Not. Immigration According to the Austrian School (Part I)

Open Borders? Maybe Not. Immigration According to the Austrian School (Part I)

Immigration is a pressing issue nowadays, especially in Europe and the United States. Some of the most interesting scholarly literature about it comes from the field of economics. Within economics one can find the Austrian School of Economics or Austrian tradition.  Austrian economics are usually –and with good reason– related with the tenets of Classical Liberalism and even…

Anti-competition and "unfair" advantage

Anti-competition and "unfair" advantage

For the last two or three years, the BBC has sporadically published articles on “smart drugs,” or nootropics (amphetamines used to increase concentration), and the effect their use have on the work place. Immediately, the narrative is distorted because while nootropics are a type of drug, they are not in the same category as the substances traditionally stigmatized by the word…

Flaws in the international law surrounding military recruitment of children

Flaws in the international law surrounding military recruitment of children

Adilia Jilgildina holds a master´s degree in Public Policy from the University of Reading, UK. Her research interests include gender studies, international politics, religious freedom and political philosophy. ____ Over the recent decades, children have become increasingly involved in military action, leading to a rapid transition into adulthood and ultimately a lifetime of pain and…

Spain's business sector has done its homework over the last decade

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Spain's business sector has done its homework over the last decade

One of the factors that triggered the financial and economic crisis in Spain was the excessive accumulation of debt in the private sector (both households and corporates). Between 2000 and 2007, the debt to GDP ratio moved from around 0.88 to 1.67, an astonishing increase taking into account that, in the same period, nominal GDP was growing at a compound annual growth rate of 6.6 percent (i.e.,…

Humankind versus machine

Humankind versus machine

Columbia University announced in 2016 that the School of Engineering had created a 3D printer for food. The announcement received little, if any, attention in the mainstream, despite the benefits of the device: 3D food printing offers revolutionary new options for convenience and customization, from controlling nutrition to managing dietary needs to saving energy and transport costs to creating…

How do you critique interventionism in a country that supports it?

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
How do you critique interventionism in a country that supports it?

What do you tell people from countries in which American interventionism could be considered a success, or who were personally helped by American military action?   The Kosovo intervention   I recently had the pleasure to visit Kosovo for the first time. The country's natural landscape is phenomenal, but the infrastructure is scarred as a result of years of Yugoslavian…

Purpose of Government and the Downside of Dependency

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Purpose of Government and the Downside of Dependency

“The purpose of government is to enable the people to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the people, not the governors.”…

The European Union should not receive its own direct income

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
The European Union should not receive its own direct income

In an effort to make the European Union independent of its funders, the European Parliament is making clear demands in the 2021-2027 budget talks. Their calls for direct income would have significant ramifications.   Not every federal state is the same   When talking about federal states or the creation thereof, one usually thinks of the United States, or maybe even Germany. But…

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