1/08/2020

Is Dominic Cummings a State Capacity Libertarian?

"This trade-off between a strong state and a preference for deregulation, seen in the marriage between favouring low-ish taxes and supporting the NHS, between being a Capitalist without being a Europhile, is the essential insight of Dominic Cummings and, by extension, Boris Johnson that was used in Vote Leave and the last election.

Johnson was much more of a textbook libertarian when he was a backbench MP, as his visit to Glastonbury shows. These days he’s known for his love of grand projects and promises of cash for the NHS. This mirrors Cummings’ view that the public is neither right wing nor left wing but holds what Cowen would call ‘synthetic or eclectic views’."