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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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Small steps towards a much better world

Changing policy, ideology, popular opinion, media narratives and so on can be very hard. Changing social norms and culture is even more difficult. Thus, when a small technological innovation comes along that can substantially improve things, even in a... Read More »

Isn’t this an interesting little finding about drugs?

Isn’t this an interesting little assertion from one of the government’s own reports? Decriminalising drugs would have little effect on the number of people abusing illegal substances, a highly controversial Home Office report has said. … The report –... Read More »

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The Adam Smith Institute’s Ayn Rand Lecture

To request an invitation to the lecture please contact aynrand@adamsmith.org. Registration for this event is essential. This year’s annual Ayn Rand Lecture  ‘Atlas is Shrugging: Why we must act now to defend free enterprise’ will be delivered by David Sokol on... More Details »

Recent Research

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Why gamergate will lose

Gamergate is one of the most interesting cultural issues that has appeared in years. It is a rare time that the losing side of the culture war has put up a good fight. But the anti-gamergate side will win, because Progress always... Read More »

Parliamentary Snapshot: MPs on Entrepreneurship

Members of Parliament may talk a good talk about their desire to support entrepreneurship in the UK, but in practice there are multiple, competing policy options open to them – whether this is increasing tax breaks, spending more in... Read More »