Anti-Liberalism 2000: The Rise of New Millennium by David Henderson, G. C. Harcourt, Geoffrey Owen

By David Henderson, G. C. Harcourt, Geoffrey Owen

Within the final twenty-five years, many nations have launched into programmes of monetary liberalisation. yet, David Henderson argues, it's a mistake to think that monetary liberalism has triumphed: anti-liberal forces are robust and in a few respects have received floor. Henderson analyses those forces, new and outdated. as well as the continued carry of 'pre-economic ideas', new components comprise anti-market NGOs, a much wider circle of perceived 'victims of injustice', the unfold of labour industry rules, and an 'alarmist consencus' approximately globalisation and environmental degradation. the combo of previous and new rules leads to 'new millennium collectivism', which gives the most impetus in the back of the anti-liberalism of this day. Geoffrey Harcourt, in a remark, has the same opinion with a few of Henderson's perspectives, yet disagrees fairly at the desire for minimal criteria in labour markets. He contends additionally that Henderson is simply too not easy on NGOs and too inspired with the long term aggressive equilibrium version. David Henderson responds to the reviews and units out additional concerns that have to be explored.

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Mill and Marshall. I may be biased, of course, because our daughter Wendy works for SID and I have been much influenced by her writings – but I don’t think so! Finally, a word on tariffs: of course I would not wish to raise them or to go back to the extraordinary levels of effective protection which he quotes for parts of Australian industry. But I would go very easy on drastic cuts in one go, especially when protected industries are concentrated in particular areas. Structural changes require gradual processes, not short sharp shocks, especially when there is no longer a commitment to full employment and many of our economies are not anywhere near full employment.

Similar questions relate to the future. • Do the critics favour a continuance of the present Common Agricultural Policy in Europe, together with its counterparts in the US, Canada and Japan? • Do they want to see a continued or even increasing resort across the world to anti-dumping actions or export subsidies? • Do they look forward to progressively more far-reaching minimum international labour standards, with provision for their enforcement? 38 r i va l v i s i o n s • Do they hope to see an ever-wider range of even more intrusive regulations on businesses?

2 Here I would like to note two points relating to it. First, what is in question here is not just ‘popular economic fallacies’, the uninstructed beliefs of ordinary and unimportant people. These same notions are held with equal conviction, and expressed in much the same language, by political leaders, top civil servants, chief executives of businesses, general secretaries of trade unions, well-known journalists and commentators, religious leaders, senior judges and eminent professors – as also, on occasion, by economists themselves.

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