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Charter schools and the aspiring classes

There is significant research concluding that the ever-spreading charter schools in the U.S. are markedly improving pupils’ performance. Charter schools are free to attend, open to all children and... Read More »

Debating the death of capitalism

I took part last Friday in a debate at Durham University Union on the motion that “This house welcomes the death of capitalism.” I opposed it, of course, arguing that capitalism has not died, is not dying, and probably... Read More »

There is no such thing as pensions tax relief

Once again we’ve the sight of a politician not grasping reality when planning a raid on other peoples’ money: Ms Reeves said: “It cannot be right that those on high incomes paying 40 per cent tax only have to... Read More »

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‘How to think like an Economist’ with Anthony J. Evans

Nearly all introductions to economics are arcane, obscure and difficult to understand or hopelessly heterodox, giving no guide to what most economists actually think and do. The world of models... More Details »

May TNG with Mark Wallace – Election Special!

2 days before the nation goes to the polls, we’ll be hosting a special election-themed TNG. Analysing the antics and dissecting the drama of the campaign trail we will have Mark Wallace, Executive Editor of ConservativeHome. Whether you’re a... More Details »

Launch party of Madsen Pirie’s ‘How to Win Every Argument’

 You are invited to a launch party for the much-expanded second edition by Bloomsbury of ASI President Madsen’s Pirie’s book, “How to Win Every Argument” (Which, only last year was the 8th most pirated book on the Pirate Bay!) In... More Details »

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LFTRs: The Future of Green Nuclear?

The nuclear industry is abuzz with talk of an avant-garde next-generation nuclear concept, pundits are chattering and governments are starting to show interest; advocacy for thorium is gaining traction... Read More »

The Collected Economic Nonsense

In his latest series of blogs, the Adam Smith Institute’s President, Dr Madsen Pirie took aim at 50 of the most prevalent and pernicious falsehoods about economics. Read them all here in this collection of all 50 pieces.   Read More »