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18 July 2017
The case for free-market anticapitalism - It’s time to rethink foreign aid - Britain needs to bridge divisions, not open borders - Is digital technology making politics impossible? - Obamacare doesn’t work. What should replace it?
When Keith Joseph forged what would become Thatcherism in the early 1970s, the enemy was clear: statism. Judging by this year's Conservative manifesto, Tory thinking seems to have changed. In this year's Keith Joseph Lecture, Matt Ridley argues that Joseph's radical instincts are as necessary today as they were 40 years ago.
However well-intentioned, does the West's aid spending in Africa actually make a difference? There is plenty of evidence to suggest it doesn't. In fact, by encouraging rent seeking, pushing its own unhelpful political agenda and inadvertently propping up undemocratic regimes, the aid industry could be hurting - not helping - Africa.
Last night, CapX held a debate in Parliament on immigration. Sunder Katwala thinks it has been good for Britain - indeed, he owes his existence to it. Why, then, did he argue that it has gone too far? Read his fascinating speech - and our full report, including a special podcast of the event featuring Katwala, Garvan Walshe, Prof Eric Kaufmann, Robert Colvile and Nicky Morgan MP.
The internet is still young, but it has already changed how we think and communicate - in ways that appear to be making it harder and harder for politicians to do their job, and for citizens to trust each other. In an extended essay, CapX's Editor asks whether democracy can be saved from the web, and how to go about it.
Even Bill Clinton has acknowledged that Obamacare isn't working. Premiums are rising and coverage is shrinking. But the Republican alternatives are hardly an improvement. In fact, the latest proposal would do away with the current system's best features and keep its worst. Can the GOP escape this healthcare quagmire?
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