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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 terrible error of Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein tells us that the polluter must pay. Something that is both logical and true. Then she tells us that the fossil fuel companies must be made to... Read More »

How food banks trump the welfare state

On the face of it, the figures are damning. Food banks in Britain helped over 900,000 people last year, up around a third over the year before. It seems Britain has a real problem with food poverty. Our benefits... Read More »

Yes, of course we’re being lied to, why do you ask?

We’re all wearily familiar with the ritual incantations that it’s those nasty multinationals that dodge taxes in developing countries and that therefore little babies die. This is not, despite the frequency of those incantations, actually true. The extremely impressive... Read More »

Upcoming Events

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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 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?

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 »

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 »