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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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Why does the son rise?

John Cochrane recently gave a speech where one of the main threads involved talking down the importance of income and wealth inequality. Poverty, and generally not having as much as we... Read More »

Copyright reform is not a joke

Yesterday was a good day for mischief-makers, for it saw an amendment in the law to permit the use of copyrighted material ‘for the purposes of parody, caricature or pastiche’ without having to first seek permission from the rights... Read More »

The latest attempt from the booze wowsers

We do love this latest attempt at justifying minimum alcohol prices: Minimum alcohol pricing of 45 pence per unit would be 50 times more effective in targetting harmful drinking than current policies which only ban the selling of alcohol... Read More »

Upcoming Events

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October TNG

For October’s TNG we will be joined by one of the foremost political campaigners of the right, Matthew Elliot. Matthew is founder of the TaxPayer’s Alliance and Big Brother Watch,... More Details »

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 Fair? We’re told that the gap between the poor and... More Details »

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

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. Effective altruism is a growing social movement, which asks ‘of all the possible ways to make a difference,... More Details »

Recent Research

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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 »