Activist Left's global agenda

Nudge policies are just nanny dressed up in the latest fashion dictated by politicised institutions in New York and Geneva

THE great divergence between classical liberals and their philosophical opponents has always been the primacy placed on freedom in people's lives and enterprise over the coercive hand of government.

Classical liberals argue government's role should be limited to creating the framework for a market economy rooted in property rights to deliver prosperity, and a free society that respects choice and empowers individuals to unleash their maximum potential.

Conversely, the Left has always seen freedom as dispensable in pursuit of goals of equality and social justice.

And having failed to convince people across the world that higher taxes and more regulation are good for them, it has developed a seemingly pro-choice agenda to achieve the same objectives, calling it "libertarian paternalism". Read more.