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Hannes H Gissurarson


Hannes H. Gissurarson is Professor of Politics at the University of Iceland and Director of Research at RNH, the Icelandic Research Centre for Innovation and Economic Growth. The author of several books in Icelandic, English and Swedish, he has been on the governing boards of the Central Bank of Iceland and the Mont Pelerin Society and a Visiting Scholar or Professor at Stanford, UCLA, LUISS, George Mason and several other universities. He holds a D.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University and a B.A. and an M.A. in History and Philosophy from the University of Iceland. At Oxford, he was the R. G. Collingwood Scholar at Pembroke College. His most recent work is Twenty-Four Conservative-Liberal Thinkers (2020) in 884 pages, first and second volume.

Iceland’s David Oddsson

Setting the Record Straight

17 January 2022

Burke and Acton

Two Thinkers for All Seasons

16 January 2022

A Worrying Development

Russia Shuts Down Memorial

11 January 2022

Misleading Statements

Freedom House on Iceland

6 January 2022

Index of Human Freedom

Is Human Freedom on the Wane?

4 January 2022

Index of Economic Freedom

Freedom Generates Prosperity

2 January 2022

The Good Samaritan

Why Christianity and Capitalism are Compatible

1 January 2022

Atlas Network

The 2021 Freedom Dinner in Miami

18 December 2021

Fisher’s Atlas Network

For Peace and Low Taxes!

14 December 2021

Facebook and Twitter

Violence and Hate Speech in Iceland

13 December 2021

Online censorship

Freedom of Speech Threatened by Social Media

10 December 2021

Conservative-Liberal Thinkers

Why Include Snorri Sturluson?

4 December 2021

UFM celebrates 50 years

Manuel Ayau: Champion of Freedom

30 November 2021

Whoever digs a pit …

The Slánský Trial: New Material

26 November 2021

Tenth Anniversary

Platform of European Memory and Conscience

13 November 2021

From Marxism to Stalinism

How Prometheus Became Procrustes

11 November 2021

To reform in order to preserve

What is Thatcherism?

9 November 2021

Conversations in Vienna

Café Landtmann, 1873, 1918, and 2021

7 November 2021

Hayek Lifetime Award

An Austrian in the Balkans

4 November 2021

Piketty misunderstands Balzac

Vautrin’s Lecture

25 October 2021

A Great Novel Misinterpreted

Piketty, Balzac, and Capitalism

24 October 2021

Money Does Not Corrupt

Piketty, Balzac, and Money

23 October 2021

David can defeat Goliath

Taiwan Should Be Defended

21 October 2021

Thriftiness is a Virtue

In Defence of Tax Avoidance

11 October 2021

New Evidence in Milan

The Icelandic Discovery of America

8 October 2021

Philosophical Perspectives

Insider Trading: Victimless Crime?

5 October 2021

Philosophical Perspectives

Prostitution as Exploitation of Women: Hardly Any More

4 October 2021

Philosophical Perspectives

Prostitution as Degradation of Women: Implausible

4 October 2021

Persecution in Milan

Silvio No Madder than the Rest of Us

2 October 2021

Judges Owning Stock

Icelandic Judges Also Violated the Principle

29 September 2021

Elections 25 September

Iceland Votes for Stability

27 September 2021

O’Sullivan in Lisbon

Thoughtful Response to Thatcher’s Critics

24 September 2021

The Challenge from the Left

The Right Need Not Lose

19 September 2021

Despite an Abysmal Record

Why is the Left Winning?

18 September 2021

Elections in Iceland

‘Soak the Rich’

16 September 2021

Elections 25 September

Are the Icelanders Heading for ‘Interesting Times’?

15 September 2021

The Terrorist Attack in 2001

Life Goes On, Twenty Years Later

11 September 2021

The Blissful Decade, 1991–2001

The End of History, Not Yet

10 September 2021

25 August 1991

A Memorable Dinner

25 August 2021

Victims of totalitarianism

Day of Remembrance

23 August 2021

Protested against Brutality

Austin Mitchell: True Friend of Iceland

19 August 2021

New Wolf-Warrior Diplomacy

Has China Started a Cold War?

18 August 2021

The Debacle in Afghanistan

What Next for the United States?

17 August 2021

At website of HM Treasury

When the Icelanders Were Talibans

16 August 2021

The Symbol of Failure

Sixty Years Ago: The Berlin Wall

13 August 2021

Misguided G7 Initiative

Global Minimum Tax: Bad Idea

9 August 2021

A New Left-Wing Scam

Guardian’s Distorted Image of Thatcherism

7 August 2021

Extremists at the LSE

Why Young People Should Study Hayek

28 July 2021

A Revealing King’s Diary

Why is Iceland Not a Monarchy?

22 July 2021

Laxness Not Blacklisted

Yet Another Left-Wing Myth Refuted

18 July 2021


The Case for Optimism

Now for the Good News!

14 July 2021

Socialism leading to fascism

Extremes Meet: A Norwegian Case

10 July 2021

Fourth of July

Happy Birthday, America!

4 July 2021

The Politics of Catastrophe

Ferguson’s Doom

2 July 2021

Bastiat’s Birthday

Bastiat’s Brilliant Case for Free Trade

30 June 2021

Hatchet Job in New Republic

Friedmanomics is alive, and kicking

25 June 2021

Recent Book on Anti-Fascism

Distorting History: An Icelandic Example

23 June 2021

An Süddeutsche Zeitung

Auch Journalismus kann stinken

17 June 2021

Süddeutsche Zeitung is wrong

Journalism Can Stink, Too

16 June 2021

Does Diamond’s Scheme Fit?

How to Deal with a National Crisis

15 June 2021

Coping with Crises

Jared Diamond’s UPHEAVAL

12 June 2021

The Errors of a Fact-Checker

The Nazis were Socialists, Too

2 June 2021

It was Hamas that Attacked

Israel Has the Right to Defend Herself

18 May 2021

Adam Smith at Eidsvoll

Norway’s (Classical) Liberal Tradition

17 May 2021

Cultural Capital, Not Race

Black Liberty Matters

10 May 2021

Personal Recollections

Hayek in Oxford and London

9 May 2021

The 1980 Visit

Hayek in Iceland

8 May 2021

4 May 1979: a turning point

Thatcher: She Changed the World

4 May 2021

Absurd Claims about Iceland

Refusing to Correct Errors: voxeu on Iceland

20 April 2021

Iceland is not a failed state

The Corrections voxeu Refused to Publish

16 April 2021

Israeli Independence Day

Israel as a Nation-State

15 April 2021

Response to a Finnish Scholar

Iceland: Not a Corrupt Country

13 April 2021

A frequent and welcome visitor

Prince Philip and Iceland

12 April 2021

China, the EU and Capitalism

Political Lessons from the Pandemic

25 March 2021

Eloquent opponent of slavery

Adam Smith, of All People

18 March 2021

Reciprocal control by monarchy

The Case For Monarchy, and Against Meghan

11 March 2021

Protectionists Refuted

Free Trade Benefits Developing Countries

9 March 2021

Richard Krebs’ Turbulent Life

An Explosive Account of the Interwar Years

2 March 2021

Founded Austrian Economics

Menger’s Many Lessons

26 February 2021

Capitalism best for the poor

Where Rawls was Wrong

22 February 2021

Socialism Failed Everywhere!

Socialist Failures: Explained by Mises

21 February 2021

Spano Should Resign

Unresolved Scandal at the ECtHR

20 February 2021

30 years of friendship

Congratulations, Lithuania!

14 February 2021

Exposed the inconsistencies

Refuted Marxism: Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk

12 February 2021

Two powerful ideas

Why Include Rand?

2 February 2021

Comprehensive Liberal Reforms

David Oddsson: Iceland’s Most Successful Politician

17 January 2021

Three Profound Insights

Lord Acton: Still Relevant

10 January 2021

Trump’s record was decent

Trump: Good President, Bad Loser

7 January 2021

UK should reclaim her EEZ

The Folly of the Common Fisheries Policy

10 December 2020

Churchill visited in 1941

Churchill in Iceland

30 November 2020

A Caricature, Not a Portrayal

The Real Thatcher: Not in The Crown

29 November 2020

Why vote against, and not for?

The Paradox of the Anti-Vote

18 November 2020

Nozick: remarkable thinker

Nozick and the Experience Machine

16 November 2020

No Democratic Landslide

U.S. Election Results: Could Have Been Worse

11 November 2020