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The Adam Smith Institute is one of the world's leading think tanks. Independent, non-profit and non-partisan, it works to promote libertarian and free market ideas through research, publishing, media commentary, and educational programmes. The Institute is today at the forefront of making the case for free markets and a free society in the United Kingdom.

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The ECB is fiddling while Europe burns

If not quite burning yet, the eurozone is kindling. For once, most people agree why: money is very tight. The central bank’s interest rate is low, yes, but this is not a... Read More »

Another exercise in rewriting economic history

It is just so fun watching people rearranging the historical deckchairs to make sure that their tribe looks good and that the tribe of their opponents can be portrayed as those nasty, ‘orrible, people over there. And so it... Read More »

The mansion tax is theft, a bit at a time

Labour’s mansion tax was already starting to unravel even before Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls tried to save it with a few palliatives today. When you have left-wing Labour MP Diane Abbott complaining that the mansion tax would be little... Read More »

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Lunchtime Lecture with Yaron Brook: Is Inequality Fair?

Please note: This event forms part of our ‘Liberty Lecture’ series, and is for under-30s only. To book a seat at the event, please email events@adamsmith.org. Lunch will be provided.   Is Inequality... More Details »

Classical liberalism and effective altruism: how can liberals most effectively improve the world?

To book a seat at the event, please email events@adamsmith.org. Effective altruism is a growing social movement, which asks ‘of all the possible ways to make a difference, which will make the most difference?’ With so many problems in the world, effective altruism... More Details »

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Looking at the world through neo-liberal eyes

I spoke at Brighton University as part of their seminar series on neo-liberalism.  The term ‘neo-liberal’ is usually used in a derogatory sense, though I chose not to use it that way.  I was the only speaker in the... Read More »