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A special Whippersnapper event
Last week, Martin Cox, Director of the John Locke Institute, generously agreed to give some of the writers and friends of Whippersnapper an insightful talk that blended the disciplines of economics, politics, political philosophy and social theory at the East India Club, London.
He focused mainly on the “Public Choice” theory developed by Nobel-laureate economist James M. Buchanan, giving us an insight into its criticisms of democracy, government and its application in public policy. Its main hypothesis contrasts the popular view of democracy being a reliable mechanism for promoting the “common good”, arguing that democracy is fundamentally biased towards certain “sub-optimal” outcomes. These ideas provoked considerable discussion and debate.
Prior to running the John Locke Institute, Mr Cox was an economics lecturer at the University of Oxford. Earlier in his career he was chief executive of ICC Australia and a member of the worldwide governing body of the International Chamber of Commerce. This role involved influencing economic policy through public speeches, op-ed newspaper articles, and private meetings with Prime Ministers and other senior leaders in business and government.
Whippersnapper greatly thanks Mr Martin Cox for this opportunity.