W. H. Hutt
(1899 - 1988)

William Harold Hutt spent almost all his academic career in the relative obscurity of South Africa where he was the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Capetown. The  history of the twentieth century, at least in the western democracies, could have been rather different if the economists had followed his injunction to tell the truth about the policies that were needed to handle unemployment and inflation.

A Real Cultural Cringe Protectionism in Australia

An important statement
on the wasteful and debilitating policy of trade protection in Australia, from the historian, Keith Hancock, in his book Australia, first published in 1930.

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This edition of the Revivalist features two economists and a psychologist. All are men of significant achievement who deserve to be better known and appreciated in wider circles. All three had the misfortune to find themselves working in opposition to the spirit of the age.  They might have echoed Hamlet's lament:

The world is out of joint
Oh cursed spite that ever I was born
To set it right.

Both Bauer and Hutt lived long and productive lives, leaving impressive bodies of work standing as monuments to their industry. They also achieved a measure of eminence among those who had eyes to see the value of their work. Suttie died tragically young, with his first and only book in press. He has become almost completely forgotten and it is a privilege and a pleasure to make a small contribution to revive his memory.                         Rafe Champion

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Revivalist 1
Revivalist 2
Revivalist 3
Peter T Bauer

Peter Bauer arrived in England from Hungary and grew up with his father who was a bookmaker. This unlikely background did not
prevent him from becoming a peer of the realm, elevated by Margaret Thatcher. In the same way that Hutt's ideas could have prevented a great deal of misery in the west, Lord Peter Bauer's free market ideas on Third World development could have avoided a great deal of ruin in many countries, especially in Africa.

Ian Dashiel Suttie

Suttie followed the family tradition of medical practice and became a psychiatrist. Based at the famous Tavistock Clinic, a stronghold for Freudian deviationists, he only lived long enough to write one book which held out the promise of a major synthesis of  medicine, ethology, anthropology and social psychology.

The Revivalist is an e-zine highlighting the achievments of important people who have been largely overlooked or marginalised or misunderstood in the arts, letters and the sciences.
The role of gambling and other forms of commercialism in the rise of cricket.

The image of cricket, more than any other, has become associated with fair play, unselfishness and high ideals. But at vital stages in its history the game developed under the impetus of the various commercial incentives and gambling. ..more

The Role of Commerce & Gambling in the
Rise of Cricket
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