‘The Left’ and Public Choice Theory


Interesting article from what appears to be a useful and thoughtful site.

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The mention of public choice theory to those on ‘the left’ of politics can prompt a variety of reactions. Some are based on ignorance about the very existence of public choice economics as a theoretical perspective. This reaction was demonstrated to me following one of the first lectures I gave in my academic career. Having listened to me speak for an hour on the power of incumbent firms to ‘capture’ regulatory agencies an attending student who was an activist in the Socialist Workers Party asked me, ‘when did you become a Marxist?’ Needless to say, for someone who considers himself a radical ‘anti-Marxist’ I was taken aback by this approach! What the question exemplifies though is an attitude that is widespread in academic circles – the assumption that an interest in power imbalances that favour business interests must equate with one having leftist or socialist sympathies. The idea that there…

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  1. #1 by KennethKopase on September 2, 2014 - 8:00 am

    From an individual perspective point of view it really starts with an individual to from the family to the community or the civil society at large you can”t empower other individuals if you are not empowered e.g socially economically politically and so forth and so on.

    to be continued!

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