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Alberto Mingardi: January 2015

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On Greece

Eurozone crisis
Alberto Mingardi
The world is pondering the odds of Mr Tsipras and Syriza succeeding. To win an election on a rather populist platform might be easy, but governing and entering into highly complex negotiations with European authorities is a different matter. I... MORE

Tsipras and electoral reform

Eurozone crisis
Alberto Mingardi
Alexis Tsipras and Syriza have won the Greek elections on a platform that entails, roughly speaking, 12 billion euros of additional public spending. The program (see here) is certainly questionable on many, many points, but it is still a big... MORE

The birthplace of democracy

Eurozone crisis
Alberto Mingardi
Italian newspaper Corriere della sera has featured a piece on Greece that included an interview with Feano Fotiu, presented as the person responsible for "solidarity" (meaning the organisation of a parallel safety net, something in itself rather interesting) with Syriza.... MORE

Klein's battle for "liberalism"

Politics and Economics
Alberto Mingardi
Shall we claim the word "liberal" back? David Henderson has already written on Dan Klein's gallant effort to regain the word "liberal" for the "Adam Smith liberals" (see here and here). Klein has a new interview with Jeffrey Tucker, which... MORE

Richard Cobden and us

Book Club
Alberto Mingardi
LibertyMatters, another of LibertyFund's valuable projects, is now hosting a most interesting and thoughtful online conversation on Richard Cobden and the Anti-Corn Law League. I think this is a particularly fascinating subject for all classical liberals, for at least a... MORE

Uber, taxis and the issue of safety

Regulation
Alberto Mingardi
Were all safety regulations only made for increasing safety, ours will be a much simpler world. But we know from experience that "safety regulations" are often a very tricky game. Such regulations may be imposed for the sake of raising... MORE

The Greek turmoil

Eurozone crisis
Alberto Mingardi
As you probably know, Greece is marching towards new elections on January 25. The Parliament was dissolved because Prime Minister Antonis Samaras couldn't secure a large enough parliamentary majority to support his candidate for the Greek Presidency. The Greek constitution... MORE

In defense of cash

Politics and Economics
Alberto Mingardi
John Cochrane has a great post in defense of cash, reacting to hypotheses of phasing out banknotes. He makes several illuminating points and, most importantly, he doesn't shy away from a rather unpopular (at least, among legislators and policy wonks)... MORE

The biggest problem for libertarians

Politics and Economics
Alberto Mingardi
A couple of years ago, John Stossel wrote a brilliant essay for Reason, aptly entitled "Why We're Losing". Stossel's main point was that Liberty is counterintuitive. It takes hard work to overcome the brain's attraction to simple-sounding solutions. It's not... MORE

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