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Turning points

There have been turning points in the development of humankind.  Some would point to the ability to make fire and the effect it had on people’s diet and survival... Read More »

No, prefabs are not the housing crisis solution

There’s a short answer to this question posed in the Telegraph: Are prefab boxes the answer to Britain’s severe housing shortage? That answer being “No”. There’s a longer possible answer as well: “No way”. Because, as the article itself... Read More »

Out today: The Oxford Handbook of Austrian Economics

Released today, The Oxford Handbook of Austrian Economics (edited by Peter J. Boettke and Christopher J. Coyne) contains contributions from two of our Senior Fellows: Kevin Dowd and Anthony J. Evans. In his chapter, Evans takes an Austrian look back at the... Read More »

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‘Lessons from Adam Smith: The Need for a Scottish Alternative’

‘Lessons from Adam Smith: The Need for a Scottish Alternative’, with Scottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson Scotland may be home to the father of modern economics, but you’d... More Details »

QE2 TNG

Save the date! On 9th September, Queen Elizabeth II will become our longest-reigning monarch. To celebrate, ASI President Madsen Pirie will lead a royal toast, and offer a constitutional defence of the Monarchy. More details to follow. Please note:... More Details »

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Time for Time Limits

The UK’s welfare system is in a parlous state, beset by ineffective policies, a culture of dependency, and an ever-increasing price tag. While well-intentioned, recent reforms such as Universal Credit have done little to change this. We must seek... Read More »

Trial & Error & The Idea of Progress

This book is an analysis of progress – its meaning, its constituent elements, the conditions that favour it, and the methods people use to achieve it. Its central theme is that progress implies a closer approach to nominated goals;... Read More »