The Centre for Policy Studies is hosting a panel debate - "Who pays the piper – is state science the murderer of invention?" - on state science versus liberty at the 2014 Margaret Thatcher Lecture on Liberty, to be held at the Guildhall on Wednesday 18 June 2014.
The conference is being held to mark the anniversary of the CPS, which was founded by Sir Keith Joseph and Margaret Thatcher 40 years ago this year.
Terence Kealey comments: “During the First World War the British state started to crowd out the private funding of research. During the Second World War the American state followed suit, and now most industrialised countries have copied the German and French models of state domination of research, particularly of academic and pure science. Contrary to myth, this domination has not shifted these countries' long term rates of economic growth, but it has moulded science in a quasi-monopolistic public sector mode. Is that a mistake?”