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Review: The Quiet Before. On the Unexpected Origins of Radical Ideas, by Gal Beckerman

Dick Pountain


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When I first sat down to write this review, the runners and riders had just been announced for the race within the UK Conservative Party to find a replacement for the disgraced PrimeMinister, Boris Johnson. Out of eleven starters, ten immediately declared their intention to reduce taxes and shrink the size of the British state, despite advice from the whole economic profession that doing so would worsen inflation and inequality.

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  • Dick Pountain

    Dick Pountain

    Dick Pountain was editor of the UK's first PC magazine, Personal Computer World, and then managing editor of the software magazine Soft.

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