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The best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley

There’s an interesting reason why politics, the creation of laws and regulations, just isn’t very good as a way of doing things. That being that the world’s a complicated place. And so it is with this idea that every... Read More »

This picture is illegal in California

Or rather, the action being performed in that picture is illegal in California. It’s not that the lettuce is not organic or anything. It’s that it is evidence of someone working during their lunch break: I mentioned earlier that... 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 »