Alastair Paynter

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When the Lamps Went Out

The Great War and the death of liberal England

JULY 21, 2014 by ALASTAIR PAYNTER

Before World War I, the average Englishman had little regular contact with the State; afterward, there was little the State did not touch.

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Society and State in Modern Britain

FEBRUARY 12, 2013 by ALASTAIR PAYNTER

When the State seeks to perform the duties that ordinarily would be carried out through people's voluntary social bonds, it damages these bonds and weakens civilization.

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December 2014

Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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