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Keynes vs. Hayek BBC debate at LSE–Redux and Podcast

Regarding my previous posts Hayek vs Keynes at the LSE and Keynes vs. Hayek BBC debate at the London School of Economics, the Cobden Centre‘s Toby Baxendale has informed me that the Keynes v Hayek debate, originally held at LSE on July 26, 2011, and broadcast on the BBC on August 3, will be repeated on the BBC on Wednesday, August 24, at 9am (UK time, presumably), on the Radio 4 show “Analysis.” (Professor George Selgin and Dr. Jamie Whyte represented the Hayekian side, and Professor Lord Skidelsky and Duncan Weldon the Keynesian.)

I was told that it is very unusual for the BBC to do this, but apparently the Radio 4 bosses liked the Keynes v Hayek debate a great deal. This should add around 1.5 million listeners to the estimated 1 million radio listeners the programme has already had. (It was in the iTunes News and Politics top 5 in the UK.) So, that’s 2.5 million Brits exposed to Austrian ideas about the business cycle. Not bad!

For those who do not want to wait for the rebroadcast, you can find the BBC Radio 4 Analysis show here in iTunes; the direct link to the podcast of the actual debate, released Aug. 3, 2011, is here (and the MP3 file can be downloaded here).

See also Brian Micklethwait’s post about this on Samizdata, A repeat for the BBC Radio 4 Keynes v Hayek debate. Also, the BBC has an article about the debate at Keynes v Hayek: Two economic giants go head to head.



Stephan Kinsella

Stephan Kinsella is an attorney in Houston, director of the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom, and editor of Libertarian Papers.

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