Thursday, December 08, 2005

Wedded bliss

Cohen in the Standard again. Oh dear, the "free market in economics" versus the "free market in sexual relations", an idea that presumably started over a boozy lunch and should have stayed there.

For all that anyone cares, the financial incentives to get married, did certainly mean that more people got married. It's a very well established empirical fact. But the more general message is that Nick wants the government back in the boardroom and "society" back in the bedroom. I don't propose to spend any more time explaining why this is rubbish than Nick spent writing the


Anonymous Simon said...

Is this the same Cohen who argued in the Observer that "The Left"'s support for sexual freedom and opposition to economic freedom was a matter for the psychoanalysts? I assumed at the time he was advocating liberalisation in both spheres, but perhaps not.

12/08/2005 06:12:00 PM  

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