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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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Two cheers for technocracy

Who needs experts? The minimum wage was once an example of the triumph of technocracy, where decisions are delegated to experts to depoliticise them. The Low Pay Commission was... Read More »

The end of an auld West Lothian song

The Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond loves causing trouble (as many contemporaries of mine from the University of St Andrews relish as well). He must be grinning, because despite losing the independence referendum in Thursday, he has really... Read More »

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Howard Flight

The Entrepreneurs Network – Lord Flight

The Wonders of EIS Investing, Lord Flight – Chairman, EIS Association These regular evening networking events are: a forum for entrepreneurs to engage with key politicians and policymakers; a... More Details »

October TNG

For October’s TNG we will be joined by one of the foremost political campaigners of the right, Matthew Elliot. Matthew is founder of the TaxPayer’s Alliance and Big Brother Watch, was the Campaign Director for No to AV, and is... More Details »

Lunchtime Lecture with Yaron Brook

Please note: This event is for under-30s only. To book a seat at the event, please email events@adamsmith.org Capitalism Without Guilt: The Moral Case for Freedom Capitalism has an undisputed record of wealth generation, yet it has always functioned under a cloud of... More Details »

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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 »