Re: Where next?
"BTW, thanks for bringing the work of Ha Joon Chang to my attention. He's my kind of economist."
Might not be quite what I intended, given that I wrote a whole book arguing against Chang's ideas.....
"why not let a few small alternatives run to show what a disaster they are (e.g. the "nationalised" East Coast line)? Then we can all have a good laugh at this softy, leftie rot."
There's vast areas of the economy that are left to themselves in that manner. John Lewis, the Co Op, these are hardly capitalist enterprises now, are they?
The proper neoliberals (ie, me and my two mates) are the ones who absolutely delight in such too: we're not just fine with we positively glory in a market in methods of ownership and organisation as well as markets in goods and services.
Which is rather why we get so pissed off when people start to insist that one or another sector of he economy must be run in one particular manner. Let the different methods compete and see what works best.