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Displacement

Not quite sure why this has come to mind but. Used to know a bloke in Bath, ran a pub (The Bell). Black, significantly RP accent, dreads but shortish, tended to wear knickerbockers with, I think, long socks and sandals.

The black bit never really tended to enter minds nor descriptions of him. The knickerbockers did.

I guess that’s what we might call displacement, no?

Earthquakes

Little earthquake a couple of days back. West of Gib, SE off into the sea from here. Three of us in the house felt it. None mentioned it at the time to not worry the other two. All three of us have, over the couple of days, mentioned it privately to each of the other two to say “Didja feel that – no worries, it’s only small etc. Didn’t mention it not to worry the other”

Sigh.

23 Things…

I went out with a friend on Saturday who was reading a copy of Ha-joon Chang’s “23 things they aren’t telling you about capitalism”. He didn’t know that the ASI/Tim Worstall published a refutation of Ha-joon called “23 things we ARE telling you about capitalism.” Anyway, for anyone who hasn’t read it. Heres a free copy – LINK

Updated Digital Package

We had a great response to the first digital package we put out at the start of the lockdown so today we launched our second box. You can grab some of Tim’s books for free as well as other well known authors. Check it out HERE.

Seems fair enough

Chart flop: VisitBritain sorry for literary map ignoring Wales and Scotland
The nation’s official tourism agency published a map of inspiring bookish sights that left Wales ‘depicted as trees’ and Scotland guillotined

The two places don’t actually speak English and therefore can’t be considered to contribute to literature – you can only do that in the top dog language after all.

There’s also the point that the two places aren’t literate. You know, that Welsh attempt at a play which spells stuff backward, the Scottish brushes with poetry containing entirely burning misspellings.

So, seems fair enough. And a rousing chorus…..

Amazing

I conceived of the Tax After Coronavirus (TACs) project after very recently re-reading Keynes’ ‘How to pay for the war’.

He didn’t read it very well.

Spudda is recommending price controls, rationing and excess profits taxes. Even in the introduction Keynes tells us that all three of these are inefficient and undesirable.

Digital Care Package

Over £100 of Free Goodies For Isolation.

Across the globe, we’re adjusting to a new reality. Socially distancing ourselves from loved ones and adapting to new routines, even if temporary, can be incredibly challenging. We wanted to take this opportunity to send you a digital care package. Below you’ll find over £100 of materials. A mixture of things we’ve curated, created, or just found helpful. We hope that, in some small way, it may help improve your mental wellbeing. Just click the gift below! Free goodies include books from the ASI, IEA and others plus some vouchers and free trials. Madsen has also included a copy of his PHD that was republished a few years ago called “Trial and Error and The Idea of Progress”.

– Tim & The Team (please help by sharing this on Twitter)

(We’d like to say a BIG thanks to The ASI, IEA and others who helped put this together)

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Bug Fixing

The latest version of wordpress is incompatible with the theme the site uses (its 10 years old). Were making some bug fixes and should be back to normal (whatever that is) soon.

Rich

No

Theatres have to turn a profit of course but shouldn’t they aspire to do more than that?

From our ever popular series, Questions in The Times We Can Answer

In more detail, we already have a subsidised theatre sector. The point of which is to do the stuff that the seeking a profit sector doesn’t have to.

Not sure they’ve quite got this

“The Royal Family respect and understand the wish of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to live a more independent life as a family, by removing the supposed ‘public interest’ justification for media intrusion into their lives.

There are rules about what the British press will do to get a story about the Royals. There are no rules elsewhere, no rules about non-Royals.

Well, OK, there’s that EU right to privacy stuff but no one takes that seriously over the Pond.

Royal status rather protects them.

After all, they’re not going to be not-famous once they’ve gone, are they?

Wealth of Nations

We recently had a thread about the best books of 2019.

Eamonn Butler – Director of ASI has kindly uploaded a PDF and ePub copy of his “Condensed Wealth of Nations“.

You can download it: HERE

I found the original impenetrable. (I also currently use Atlas Shrugged as a door stop..)

This is an easier 84 page primer on the Wealth of Nations which i hope everyone here finds useful.