Kieran Neild-Ali, Communications and Marketing Assistant at the IEA, was joined by Economics Fellow, Julian Jessop, to discuss the ins and outs of inflation for the latest IEA podcast. The two discussed, what inflation is, how is it caused, is it dangerous and what policies can be used to control it. Julian delved into Quantitative Easing and its wider implications on monetary policy, discussing Modern Monetary Theory and its long-term impact on the UK economy.

 

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In the latest episode of the IEA Podcast, Kieran Neild-Ali, Communications and Marketing Assistant at the IEA, sat down with Head of Cultural Affairs, Marc Glendening, to discuss the Frankfurt School- giving listeners a beginner's guide to an important canon of thought which has greatly influenced the culture war we see today.

They explain the importance of the Frankfurter's influence on shifting Marxists away from classical Marxism to a holistic study of society and capitalism in the form of Critical Theory which argued capitalism doesn't just oppress people economically, but through culture.

The ideas of the Frankfurt School meant Marxist revolutionaries would no longer work towards a single, violent uprising of the working class, but would start a slow take-over of society’s key cultural and political institutions from the inside by elite-level activists.

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The IEA Book Club was delighted to host Jasper Becker (British author, commentator, journalist, and expert on Asian Politics) for an upcoming webinar on his latest book, ‘Made in China: Wuhan, Covid, and the Quest for Biotech Supremacy’. This virtual event took place on Monday 21st June and was chaired by Dr Stephen Davies (IEA Head of Education).

In Jasper’s latest book, he explores what we know, and still don’t know, about the origins of COVID-19, and how it was handled in China. We may never get all the answers, but much is already clear: China’s record as the origin of earlier pandemics, and its struggle to bring contagious diseases under control; its history as both a victim of biological warfare and a developer of deadly bioweapons.

When Covid broke out, Wuhan was building science parks to realise Beijing’s ambitions in biotech research. Whoever achieves global leadership of the gene-editing industry stands to harvest great power and wealth.

China has already challenged Western technological supremacy with 5G and in other industries. Yet this tiny, invisible virus has cruelly exposed a critical flaw in the Chinese political system: obsessive secrecy. The West wanted to trust the PRC, hoping that, as it prospered, it would become an open society. Made in China reveals how Beijing’s leaders have betrayed that trust.

This event was exclusive to IEA Book Club members. To find out more about the Book Club please contact us directly at bookclub@iea.org.uk

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On this episode of Live with Littlewood, Mark is joined by:

Dr Steve Davies - Head of Education, Institute of Economic Affairs

Dominic Frisby - Financial Writer and Comedian

Mike Graham - Presenter, TalkRadio 

Tim Montgomerie - Conservative Pundit and Reaction contributor

Tom Whipple - Science Editor, Times

Joanna Williams - Head of Education and Culture, Policy Exchange

They discussed:

1. With freedom day going ahead but confused government communication, the question on everyone’s mind is ‘to mask or not to mask?’

2. As lockdown is easing in the UK, we look at what is happening with covid beyond our fair isles?

3. Despite the vaccine success, is another pandemic just around the corner?

 

This episode was recorded on 14th July 2021

 

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IEA Communications & Marketing Assistant, Kieran Neild-Ali, sat down with IEA Head of Political Economy Dr Kristian Niemietz to discuss his latest paper 'Left turn ahead' which includes polling that suggests younger people hold negative attitudes towards capitalism and favour socialist alternatives. 

Kieran asked Kristian whether holding negative views towards capitalism was justified in the current climate, with young people being excluded from home ownership, jobs and good pay. Kristian argued that socialist solutions, which have high approval amongst young people, would do more harm than good. Instead, proponents of the free market must encourage radical policy solutions, like reforming planning, to end the housing crisis and win back the youth from socialism.

 

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Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial & Research Fellow at the IEA, sits down with comedian Leo Kearse to discuss Leo's chapter in the IEA's new book 'Having Your Say'. Leo's chapter focuses on free speech in comedy and explores the area of censorship. You can read Having Your Say here - https://iea.org.uk/publications/havin...

The prevailing mood of political correctness inhibits comedians and makes people ashamed of what they or their parents used to laugh at in the past. While the consensus may be that there have to be some externally imposed limits on comedic speech, we can’t assume that those who police this speech will act reasonably. A healthy society needs to be able to laugh at itself, even if it occasionally hurts.

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On this episode of Live with Littlewood, guests discussed:

Left turn ahead: Are young people growing into socialism?
Having your say: Is free speech under threat?#

 

Panellists included:

Patrick Christys, Presenter, talkRadio

William Clouston, Leader, Social Democrat Party

Dr Jan Macvarish, Education and Events Director, Free Speech Union

Dr Kristian Niemietz, Head of Political Economy, IEA

Professor Len Shackleton, Editorial and Research Fellow, IEA

Tom Slater, Deputy Editor, Spiked

The episode was recorded on 7th July 2021.

 

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IEA Head of Media, Emily Carver, was joined by Chief Operating Officer at the Institute of Economic Affairs, Andy Mayer, to discuss critical race theory and whether it should become an integrated part of the workplace and HR practice. 

The episode looks at why critical race theory is itself racist, as it presumes a group of people with a certain skin colour are inherently racist and hold power and privilege over fellow workers of different skin colour. Andy argued this can cause division and mistrust in the workplace and is bad HR practice.

Andy talked about how the IEA has decided to ignore critical race theory in its own HR strategy to protect staff against racism.

The podcast focuses on Andy's article for 1828, which you can read here.

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The Institute of Economic Affairs was delighted to host Jeremy Browne for the latest in our In Conversation series with senior figures in public life.

This webinar was recorded on Monday 5th July, and was chaired by IEA Director General, Mark Littlewood.

Jeremy Browne is the former Liberal Democrat MP for Taunton Deane, representing the constituency between 2005 and 2015. Jeremy served as Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman from 2007 and during the coalition government was part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office team as Minister of State for South East Asia, Far East and the Pacific, and Minister of State for Crime Prevention at the Home Office. Following his leaving Parliament, Jeremy spent three years as Special Representative for the City of London Corporation in the European Union, leading efforts to boost the City’s presence in Brussels.

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On this episode of Live with Littlewood, panellists discussed:

1.The kids aren't alright: Is it time to stop the self-isolation "madness"?

2.Mind the gap: How do we bridge the inter-generational divide?

3.The path to victory: Is freedom coming home?

4.Doctor, doctor: Does our national religion need a reformation?

 

Our guest speakers included:

John Ashmore, Editor, CapX.

Alex Deane, Political Commentator.

Robert Halfon, Member of Parliament for Harlow and Chair of the Education Select Committee.

Timandra Harkness, Writer and Comedian.

Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics, Institute of Economic Affairs.

 

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