This paper discusses how "war of ideas" can be waged, using the authors's extensive experiance, both as Director General of the Institute of Economic Affears (IEA) and at other clasical liberal think tanks. John Blundell begins his stimulating collection of published essays, reviews and introductions by showing how thw founders of the IEA successfully fought the conventional "state planing" wisdom of the 1960s and 1970s, providing the ideas which, by 1980s and 1990s, had brought about increased freedom and a revival in the use of markets.
Philip Booth, Editor: Waging the War of Ideas has been an immense help to people in the think-tank movement around the world. In charting the history of the IEA it provides young leaders with a sense of perspective, an understanding of the problem that the IEA faced and a statement of its raison détre.
John Blundell was the Director General and Ralph Harris Fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). Blundell had been involved in the creation and development of numerous free-market think tanks.
The mission of IEA is to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analysing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems.