Books and Pamphlets

  • Beyond Beveridge: Restoring the contributory
    principle to retirement pensions and welfare benefits

    - Peter Saunders, November 2013

    Britain's National Insurance system was founded by William Beveridge on the contributory principle that we should pay in when we are working so that we can be supported when we are sick, unemployed or retired. Over the past 70 years, this core principle of fairness has been eroded and many economists now believe NI should be scrapped. Peter Saunders asks how this important fairness condition might be retained and strengthened if NI were abolished. Read More

    "...a credible plan for a means-tested state pension..." - The Economist

  • Aiding and Abetting: Foreign aid failures and the 0.7%

    - Jonathan Foreman, January 2013

    Jonathan Foreman explains why scepticism about the utility and even morality of much foreign aid is more than justified; why so much of the rhetoric used to justify the UK’s lavish aid policy is disingenuous or dishonest; and why 0.7 per cent of GDP is an arbitrary number unconnected with either poor country needs or rich country capability. Read More

    "...(a) bravura demolition of the foreign aid industry..." - James Delingpole, Telegraph

  • Christianophobia

    - Rupert Shortt, November 2012

    Many faith-based groups face discrimination or persecution to some degree, but Christians are targeted more than any other body of believers. Rupert Shortt, Religion Editor of the Times Literary Supplement and a Visiting Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, looks at examples of Christianophobia from Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, Nigeria, India, Burma and China. Read More

  • The Rise of the Equalities Industry

    - Peter Saunders, November 2011

    To be against equality is to support unfair treatment, and who wants to be unfair? We now have a considerable body of legislation, regulation, monitoring and investigation to ensure that our society respects equality. But what sort of equality do we mean? Peter Saunders identifies three types. Formal equality - equality before the law and equal political rights - is uncontroversial. So is the second sort of equality - equality of opportunity. We should all have a fair chance to pursue our goals. But the third sort - equality of outcomes - is not of the same nature. We all have different capacities and are motivated to pursue different objectives. Read More

  • Individualists Who Cooperate: Education and welfare
    reform befitting a free people

    - David G Green, January 2009

    We need to reframe the constitutional settlement that defines the relationship between the state and the individual in civil society. The state should be confined to the legitimate tasks that are within its competence, thus allowing greater scope for private enterprise and social entrepreneurs to supply public services more effectively.

  • On Fraternity: Politics beyond liberty and equality

    - Danny Kruger, April 2007

    In an age of big government and unbridled consumerism, people are searching for the local and particular, for a politics beyond power and money. Fraternity is sustained not by private will or state coercion, but by social authority, the culture of persuasion which operates in a family or a community. It exists in the neighbourhood and the network, in all the private and public associations that bind the nation together. Drawing on the writings of Locke, Burke and Hegel, Danny Kruger sketches the philosophical framework of this new battle of ideas.

    "The most thoughtful publication of the year" - Daniel Hannan, Telegraph

  • The Poverty of Multiculturalism

    - Patrick West, September 2005

    Some Western intellectuals, who regard themselves as progressive, have fallen into the strange position of defending cultures that, for example, condone the killing of homosexuals and the virtual enslavement of women. At the same time, they denigrate the culture of the free societies of the West. This analysis of the causes and effects of state multiculturalism argues that far from creating tolerance, multiculturalism often leads to bitter divisions along ethnic lines, splitting communities into hostile factions. Read More

  • Charles Murray and the Underclass

    - Charles Murray et al, November 1996

    In 1989, the American sociologist Charles Murray visited Britain in search of the ‘underclass’. This was, in Murray's view, made up of a certain type of poor person who showed a deplorable behaviour in response to that condition, for example, unwillingness to take jobs that are available to him. The two controversial essays which Murray wrote about these experiences have finally been collected here in one volume, together with a number of critical commentaries and a rejoinder from Murray to some of the most relevant criticisms. Contributors include the Labour MP Frank Field and the newspaper columnist Melanie Phillips. Read More

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