August 17, 2017
The Institute of Economic Affairs's Dr Steve Davies joins Kate Andrews to discuss the arguments for and against intellectual property rights - a topic that which particularly divides the libertarian movement.
In the podcast, Steve explains the philosophical arguments both for and against, ultimately arguing that copyright law forms illogical conclusions when taken to the extreme.
However, Steve thinks certain forms of intellectual property are justifiable and helpful, like trademarks, often because they spring up organically, and recognised by courts rather than determined by state policy.
He also points out, that as it becomes increasingly more difficult to monitor copyright infringement, changes to law may be needed for the 21st century.
August 3, 2017
We're joined by the Institute of Economic Affairs's Head of Education Dr Steve Davies to discuss: Will robots make us redundant?
Interviewed by the IEA's News Editor Kate Andrews, the pair discuss the future of automation, robots, and Artificial Intelligence, and the impact these innovations will have on tradition lines of work.
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July 27, 2017
In the coming months, UK and EU negotiators are set to lock horns over one of the most bitter parts of their ‘divorce’: the Brexit bill.
On our podcast this week, IEA Chief Economist Julian Jessop and Digital Officer Madeline Grant discuss the likely bill Britain could end up paying to the European Union. Estimates of this sum vary wildly, ranging from the EU’s hefty initial demand of €100bn to nothing at all at the lower end!
Julian argues that the "upper limit" for any payment should be £26 billion - this would cover Britain’s spending commitments up to the end of the current EU budget in 2020, and would be a sensible step in forging a strong relationship with our European neighbours. The sum should be contingent, however, on reaching an acceptable trade deal.
July 20, 2017
We're joined by the Institute of Economic Affairs's Chief Economist Julian Jessop for an update on the IEA's Brexit Unit.
Interviewed by the IEA's Digital Officer Madeline Grant, the pair discuss the claim that Brexit may not go ahead.
Julian highlights that we live in politically turbulent times, where nothing can be taken for granted. That being said, he thinks Brexit is most likely going head - although the type of Brexit the UK pursues is far from settled.
July 17, 2017
We're joined by the Institute of Economic Affairs's Research Director Dr Jamie Whyte to discuss the benefits of the gig economy and the consequences of state intervention and protectionism.
July 6, 2017
We're joined by the Institute of Economic Affairs's Head of Education Dr Steve Davies to discuss: Is the basic income a good idea?
Interviewed by the IEA's News Editor Kate Andrews, the pair discuss this idea which is gaining traction across the political spectrum.
Steve and Kate agree that a basic income could form a viable alternative to Britain's complex welfare system, which often creates perverse incentives for those on it. They outline the social and economic benefits of giving people greater autonomy with the work they pursue, and the money they spend.
Yet the pair also discuss some of the downsides of a Universal Basic Income, which is, Steve argues, far from the panacea many of its advocates imagine. If implemented, a basic income would remove incentives to work and could render our economy less entrepreneurial as a result.
July 6, 2017
We're joined by the Institute of Economic Affairs's Head of Education Dr Steve Davies to discuss: Why maps are often wrong.
Steve’s view that we are currently devising maps (and, therefore, looking at the world), in entirely the wrong way.
July 6, 2017
We're joined by the Institute of Economic Affairs's Head of Education Dr Steve Davies to discuss: The Realignment of Modern Politics.
Steve talks us through his thesis of the realignment of modern politics in the West. Steve explains how the rise of populism and nationalism is putting pressures on the traditional left/right spectrum, as the opposition to populists are globalists on both sides of the aisle.
July 6, 2017
We're joined by the Institute of Economic Affairs's Head of Education Dr Steve Davies to discuss: An Alternative View of History - What you didn't learn in history class.