The Corner

Re: Ralph Harris, RIP

Let me second Andrew’s praise for Ralph Harris (Lord Harris of High Cross), whom I first encountered in 1990 at the Mont Pelerin Society meeting in Munich.  He won me over when he turned up at an unusual panel about whether the EU should incorporate some kind of “social market” dimension.  When the moderator introduced the panel with the remark that went something like, “The topic of this panel is whether the European Union should have a social market dimension,” Lord Harris, sitting in the front row, loudly interrupted: “No!  Let’s go home!”

Steven F. Hayward is a visiting professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a fellow of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington. He writes daily at Powerlineblog.com.

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