The so-called Globalization Institute reports daft survey

Alex Singleton moved from the Adam Smith Institute to set up The Globalization Institute (which as far as I can tell is just him, with a couple of guest appearances from the irrepressible Tim Worstall). Sweetly, Mr Singleton refers … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Money down a rat hole?

Here is a characteristically thorough and well-informed fisking dished out by Jim, at Our Word is Our Weapon, demolishing a recent paper from the so-called International Policy Network which claimed that "foreign aid does more harm than good". And … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Income tax and redistribution

Tim Worstall has an interesting post in which he argues that redistribution is made harder by having big government. I agree with him that:

  • the poor pay too much in tax
  • the state takes an unnecessarily large share of national
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Fallacies about aid and development

Generally, blogs are a pretty good way to hear from people with direct experience and expertise on important issues, without their views being intermediated by the traditional media. Blogs often provide analysis which is well-informed and evidence-based, and both deeper … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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The politics of aid and NGOs

I was very struck by this article by the BBC’s Lara Pawson, about the behaviour of ex pats living in Africa.

When aid agencies like the UN’s World Food Programme move in, African administrations tend to be let off the

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Things the UN Does Well

Another very interesting post at Democracy Arsenal, this time reminding us of ten things the UN does well.

This will take a look at the top 10 things the U.S. does well or, in a few cases, not quite

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Sedgemore defects

In February, I commented favourably on Brian Sedgemore’s farewell speech to Parliament. Now Mr Sedgemore has defected to the Liberal Democrat Party, because of New Labour’s policy on Iraq. This should be a big blow to Blair’s New Labour. Sedgemore … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Is America stingy with aid?

There is an interesting discussion going on about whether the US is "stingy" in the amount of aid it gives. US official aid is 0.15% of national income. But some commentators are claiming that this understates American generosity, because of … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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Another World is Possible: Thoughts from the World Social Forum

I attended the World Social Forum in Mumbai in January 2004. It became clear to me during the five days of the WSF that there is a common theme underlying many of concerns and campaigns that make up the anti-globalisation … Go to www.owen.org to read the rest

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