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President Obama: the ultimate poverty hypocrite

Americans are experiencing buyer’s remorse. Last summer CNN found that 53% of those polled would choose Mitt Romney to be president today, over the 44% who chose Barack Obama. And with Obama’s approval ratings fixed these days below 50%, I... Read More »

A new ASI project: book reviews

One can never read too little of bad, or too much of good, books: bad books are intellectual poison; they destroy the mind. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer The Adam Smith Institute is on the look out for young liberal thinkers to review... Read More »

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Patrons Dinner with Hon Ed Vaizey MP

The Hon Edward Vaizey MP  is HM Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, and a Conservative Member of Parliament for the constituency of Wantage. More Details »

February TNG with Myles Jackman

February’s TNG features Myles Jackman, who will be discussing ‘the criminalization of written fantasy’. Myles is the only solicitor in the country to specialize in sexual liberties and obscenity law, and has been instrumental in challenging the legal framework in... More Details »

There really is an ‘Adam Smith Problem’

The “Adam Smith Problem” alleged by German academics in the nineteenth century was that there was inconsistency in Smith’s attitude towards human nature. In Moral Sentiments Smith pointed to the importance of sympathy, in The Wealth of Nations he wrote of man’s inevitable self-interest.... More Details »

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The Green Noose

• Despite academics, politicians, and international organisations recognising that the UK is facing a housing crisis, it is currently far less developed than many imagine, especially when compared to similar countries.... Read More »

A Regular Choice Between Voting Systems

With May’s general election set to emphasise the shortcomings of First Past The Post more than any other in recent memory, Vishal Wilde posits that we should empower voters by allowing them to choose their electoral system as they vote, and by embracing plurality in... Read More »