Be Thankful I Don’t Take It All

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

These two books mix taxation and history, but in quite different ways. Michael Keen and Joel Slemrod are both professional economists: Keen, a former academic, is now at the International Monetary Fund, and Slemrod teaches at the University of Michigan. They set out to write a history of taxation that would also serve as a […]

Prime Minister versus Pathogen

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

Niall Ferguson (the historian, not to be confused with Neil Ferguson the epidemiologist) has written an interesting but peculiar book. It professes to be a ‘general history of catastrophe’. Wars, famines, floods, earthquakes, epidemics, exploding nuclear reactors, rail and air crashes and disasters at sea are all here. But in fact, it is mainly about epidemic disease, in particular Covid-19. Even the parts that are not

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