A rightwing insurrection is usurping our democracy
For 30 years big business, neoliberal thinktanks and the media have colluded to capture our political system. They\’re winning
We\’re winning, Hurrah!
Although I would point to two things.
1) The Adam Smith Institute is by no means the only group deploying the freedom of association to argue for their desired policies. One might, indeed both could and should, make the same point about Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, nef, the TUC, Woodland Trust, ASH and the rest of the alphabet soup.
One might, even, make the distinction between those voluntary associations that do it with voluntary donations and those that do it with tax money (FoE, nef, ASH and so on).
2) There are only three policies which I think could be positively identified as Worstallian. As mediated through the ASI. That we should have a government controlled but paid market in human organs for transplant (not original to me but I seem to have been the bloke arguing for it in the UK). That we should have a proper carbon tax as our solution to the perils of climate change. And that we should indeed move the minimum wage to something like the Living Wage: by not taxing those who earn minimum wage. That is, that the personal allowance should be the same as the minimum wage.
I find it very difficult indeed to think of any of these as being \”right wing\”, or indeed anything close to a usurping of our democracy. One is entirely pragmatic: the only country in hte world that doesn\’t have people dying on dialysis is Iran which is also the only place with a government controlled market in kidneys for transplant. A carbon tax is simply the standard economists\’ reaction to the externality of carbon emissions. Hell, it\’s right there in the Stern Review. And reducing taxes on the poor hardly qualifies as the ravings of a cackling capitalistic bastard now does it?
And the only policy that I know has actually come about as a result of my screeds in favour of capitalism red in tooth and claw is the transformation of maternity leave into shared parental leave (no, really, it did make it into the Lib Dem package as a result of me).
At which point I\’ll quite happily lay claim to, glory in even, the title of \”right wing insurrectionist\”.
Oh, and George specifically mentions the Telegraph\’s \”Britain Unleashed\” series. To which the ASI\’s (or my) contribution was this. Very right wing, eh?