Dr Madsen Pirie

Dr Madsen Pirie is President of the Adam Smith Institute.  He subscribes to a broadly empirical and libertarian philosophy and values the insights of the Austrian School of Economics.  He has written books on logic, philosophy, economics, and children's science fiction.  His own website is at www.madsen-pirie.com

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Why the case for a flat-tax is irresistible

Written by | Thursday 17 February 2005

It works on two levels. The single rate is set sufficiently low that
compliance shoots up. It is less worthwhile to avoid tax by complicated
tax shelters and less worthwhile to evade it by criminal failure to
declare income. The second effect is that the low rate increases the
reward of extra effort and risk-taking. Since people can now keep a
higher proportion of what they earn, extra earning becomes more

Helping the public to go private

Written by | Sunday 26 September 2004

The schools' charitable status has the perverse effect of encouraging
them to plough any surpluses into yet more capital investment in
facilities and equipment. Money that a private firm would distribute is
instead put towards a new library, sports hall or information
technology centre.

The People Economy

Written by | Friday 22 November 2002

Two Thousand Days of Nothing Very Much - Labour’s performance in office

Written by | Saturday 1 January 2000

Has Tony Blair done as much? It would be hard to suggest that New Labour, which passed its 2,000th day in office on October 23rd, has as much to be proud of. Indeed, for a government which came in promising so much, the delivery has been small.

The Political Conditions

Written by | Saturday 1 January 2000

The supposition throughout was that this was about economics. In fact many, if not most, of those who support entry do so for political reasons. While they advance arguments that this will be good for the British economy, they support entry because they maintain it will make the UK more influential in Europe, and more tied in with the development of a united Europe. Similarly, many opposing entry cite economic arguments but are opposed to the political implications of UK membership.

No Limit

Written by | Thursday 26 November 1998


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