20 September 2007
To the Filing Cabinet #05

Well, there’s been a bit of a delay in getting this latest instalment up.  Can’t for the life of me remember why but it must have been something Very Important.

Anyway, I’ve been continuing my trawl through LA pamphlets that I know and like - the results of which can be seen below.  One thing that surprised me was how few pamphlets concentrated on the fact that libertarian economics works and why it works.  Maybe, that’s because libertarian writers assume that everyone has read von Mises and Hayek.  Or maybe it’s difficult.

So, a request, do you know of any good and short explanations of why free markets work?  Or partial explanations, for that matter?  If you do then please let me know.

Come to think of it, that rather puts me in mind of this:

How hockey sticks explain the relative attractions of statism and of free markets, Brian Micklethwait, Samizdata, 1 October 2004.  Why state enterprises decay and why free markets (eventually) work.

On with the show:


Liberty versus Democracy, Brian Micklethwait, Libertarian Alliance, 1983 (not 1981 as advertised) (pdf).  Democracy is worse than Liberty but better than civil war.

Gun control doesn’t work. Wouldn’t you feel safer with a gun? Richard Munday, The Times, 8 September 2007.

Britain’s Soviet Planning System, Don Riley, Libertarian Alliance, 2000 (pdf).  How planning, stuffs up the building profession, lowers quality and leads to hoarding of building and land.

In Praise of Ticket Touting, Charles Earl, Libertarian Alliance, 1996 (pdf).  Touting - known as scalping in the US.

Why We Should Concentrate on Free Trade and Stop Worrying About the Balance of Payments, Adam Chacksfield, Libertarian Alliance, 1993.  Or dumping for that matter.

The Disaster of the Welfare State, Simon McIlwaine, Libertarian Alliance 1989 (pdf).

State Intervention and Nineteenth Century Education, Max More, Libertarian Alliance, 1986.  It was just fine before the state started getting involved.

How to Win the Libertarian Argument, Brian Micklethwait, Libertarian Alliance, 1990.  You start by having it.

The Tyranny of The Facts, Brian Micklethwait, Libertarian Alliance, 1990. Facts matter a lot less than people tend to think.

Purpose and Strategy of the Libertarian Alliance, Libertarian Alliance, 1979.  Keep it intellectual and be patient.

How Gun Control ‘Worked’ in Jamaica, Tina Terry, Libertarian Alliance, 1998.  Guns were outlawed and only the outlaws had guns.

Lies, damn lies, and bloody idiots, Squander Two, 20 September 2007.  Statistics - especially the ones that get published - are rarely that much of a guide.


Patients ‘have been failed by NHS reforms’, Daily Telegraph, 10 September 2007.  So say the patients’ “tsar”.

BBC staff face sack in cheat inquiry, Daily Telegraph, 20 September 2007.  They even rigged a phone-in vote to name the Blue Peter cat.

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  1. The Tyranny of THE Facts.  Please feel free to delete this.  When you’ve inserted the The, I mean.

    Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 21 September 2007 at 03:35am

  2. I’m glad to say that not only is it wrong here but also on the LA website where I got it from.  I’ll leave it to you to moan at Sean.


    Posted by Patrick Crozier on 21 September 2007 at 01:40pm

  3. Ah yes.  There are many errors there, and I keep thinking, I must make a big list of ALL the errors I can see.  And then I don’t.

    So, it will stay wrong here, will it?

    Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 21 September 2007 at 01:54pm

  4. Not for long.

    Posted by Patrick Crozier on 21 September 2007 at 02:09pm

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