Valentin Petkantchin wrote an article in this morning's FT attacking the EU's policy on tax havens.
I'll be unsubtle about the article. It's confused, illogical, appears to promote tax evasion and has at its core a perception of government and markets that appears markedly at odds with society as we know it. I was astounded that it got into the pages of the FT. So, I researched the author.
He works for Institut ?©conomique Molinari in Brussels. To quote its US sister Institute, that organisation exists to 'promote understanding of the philosophy of Market Anarchism as a sane, consensual alternative to the hypertrophic violence of the State'. These are the ideas of 19th-century economist and social theorist Gustave de Molinari, after whom the organisation is named.
For the avoidance of doubt, I checked what market anarchism is. It's defined as 'the doctrine that the legislative, adjudicative, and protective functions unjustly and inefficiently monopolised by the coercive State should be entirely turned over to the voluntary, consensual forces of market society'.
This is so contrary to all perceptions of civilised society that I think it fair to say that this comes from the right-wing fringes beyond Neo-Conservatism. I could argue with it, but this whole blog presents that argument, so I won't.
But what really worries me is this: how do such people who are a clearly a threat to our well-being get space in the FT?