Simon Griffiths

What can the left learn from Friedrich Hayek?

An engagement with Hayek does not mean a capitulation to the market, writes Simon Griffiths. Instead it can provide several sophisticated insights for the contemporary left, in particular on knowledge, the spontaneous order, and freedom. The left’s discovery of Hayek is also significant as an example of how ideologies, such as socialism or liberalism, can be transformed over time.

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Cameron’s progressive conservatism has cast him more as the heir to Thatcher than to Disraeli

When Cameron used the phrase ‘progressive conservatism’ many assumed that he was moving the party to the centre and would promote some form of social justice. Not so, says Simon Griffiths. Cameron’s progressive conservatism can be seen, therefore, as progressive in the same specific – and less used – sense that Thatcherism was: the state has become an obstacle to progress rather […]

Cameron’s “Progressive Conservatism” is largely cosmetic and without substance

Simon Griffiths argues that Cameron is not part of the ‘Progressive Conservatism’ tradition of Disraeli or Macmillan. His account of progressive Conservatism is closer to Thatcher, as his government’s priorities exhibit.  In 2009 David Cameron announced that the “underlying philosophy” of his government would be Progressive Conservatism. The oxymoronic term is an intriguing one. What did Cameron mean by it? For […]