This collection of essays examines those areas where the freedom of individual men and women to voluntarily engage in mutually advantageous exchanges is prohibited or restricted by government. The authors critically examine the economic and philosophical rationale for the prohibition of alcohol, the sale of body parts, medicinal drugs, pornography, prostitution, recreational drugs, tobacco and trade in endangered species, among other topics.
John Meadowcroft is head of the department of political economy and senior lecturer in public policy at King's College London. He previously taught on the Hansard Scholars Programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science and in the department of politics at Queen Mary, University of London. He is book review editor of the journal Economic Affairs and serves on the Academic Advisory Council of the Institute of Economic Affairs. Jamie Whyte is a management consultant and a former lecturer in philosophy at Cambridge University. He has written numerous articles for the Times newspaper, and is the author of Bad Thoughts and A Load of Blair.