Well known US economist and pundit Dr Dan Mitchell has featured my Economics Explained interview with him in the latest instalment of his Fight on the Right series of posts on his International Liberty blog:
Dan’s Fight on the Right series considers major policy disagreements within the US Right. These disagreements have been over tax cuts, with fiscal conservatives fighting with supply-siders, and over the concept of “compassionate conservatism”, associated with President G.W. Bush. In his latest post, Dan critiques the emerging philosophy of State Capacity Libertarianism, as described by Tyler Cowen. State Capacity Libertarianism is essentially a mixed economy model with highly efficient public service delivery. As Dan notes, high taxing and high spending Denmark may well fit in this definition.
Check out Dan’s post as it’s highly thought provoking, but here’s Dan’s summary of his critique:
For what it’s worth, my view of state capacity libertarianism is the same as my view of national conservatism. And compassionate conservatism, kinder-and-gentler conservatism, common-good capitalism, and reform conservatism as well.
I will be highly skeptical until someone shows me the tiniest shred of evidence that further reducing economic liberty can lead to more prosperity.
Thanks again to Dan for appearing on my Economics Explained podcast and for sharing the interview on his blog.
Dr Dan Mitchell, Founder of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity and former Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute.
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