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'Can't Tread on Me': Evening event with Cody Wilson

Speaker: Cody Wilson

Date: Monday 14 April 2014

Time: 06:30pm - 08:30pm

Can't Tread On Me; How Bitcoin, 3D-Printed Guns and the Techno-Revolution Could Render State Surveillance Obsolete

Speaker: Cody Wilson (DarkWallet, Defense Distributed)

Spaces at this event are limited. To request an invitation, please contact

2013 saw Bitcoin – the decentralised, online, stateless cryptocurrency – rocket into public consciousness. In turn, the attention of regulators, users and entrepreneurs has turned to how such technology is to sit amongst existing structures and laws. 
As Bitcoin matures, should states embrace its innovative potential to reform finance and drive down transaction costs, or does the technology present a more fundamental, revolutionary threat to their continued existence? 
Should the Bitcoin community welcome a dialogue with lawmakers, or reject attempts to control and regulate the technology's use?

Cody Wilson will discuss such tensions within Bitcoin's future, and make the crypto-anarchist case to keep Bitcoin private and uncensored, and discuss the other technologies – like 3D printed guns – which might make the state's attempts to regulate our lives entirely obsolete. We hope you can join us for what will no doubt be a controversial yet exciting event.

Cody is currently woking with the  UnSystem developers on the DarkWallet project, a browser plugin designed to create a truly anonymous Bitcoin experience. However, he is perhaps best known as the Founder and Director of Defense Distributed, the organisation to develop the first fully 3D-printed, undetectable gun – 'The Liberator' – and placing the blueprints online for download and reproduction in a 'Wiki Weapons' project. 

Before the US State Department ordered their removal 2 days later, they had been downloaded 100,000 times. A self-described free-market anarchist, Wired Magazine's Danger Room has rated him one of the 15 Most Dangerous People in the World. He's is also in the process of writing a book titled 'Negative Liberty: A Gun-Printer's Guide to the Apocalypse', which is trailed as 'a manifesto for millenials and radicals fighting state oppression in the digital age'.

Power Lunch with Chris Grayling

Speaker: Chris Grayling

Date: Thursday 3 April 2014

Time: 01:00pm - 01:00pm

Chris Grayling is the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

Attendance at Adam Smith Institute Power Lunches is by Invitation Only. 

April TNG: 'Why Liberty Works' Book Launch

Speaker: Dr Madsen Pirie

Date: Tuesday 1 April 2014

Time: 06:00pm - 07:30pm


Location: Elwood Atfield Gallery, 34 Smith Square, SW1P 3HL

Map: find us!

April's TNG sees the launch of Adam Smith Institute President Dr Madsen Pirie's new book, 'Why Liberty Works'.

Recent Ipsos MORI polling suggests that each generation is becoming more socially and economically liberal, with young people leading this trend. Likewise The Economist notes that young Britons see the state's role as a safeguard of individual freedom beyond all else. 

'Why Liberty Works' is a primer for this younger generation which explains the allure of freedom as a motivating idea, provides the arguments which support and sustain it, and makes the case for a free society based upon repsect for individual liberty.

Attendees at April's TNG will be given one free copy of the book for themselves, and another to pass the message on to a friend!

Please note that this TNG will be held at a new location: Ellwood Atfield gallery, at 32 Smith Square, SW1P 3HL.

RSVP to either, or The Next Generation facebook page

Manchester ISOS


  • Madsen Pirie
  • Loz Kaye
  • John Harris
  • Chris Snowdon

Date: Monday 31 March 2014

Time: 10:30am - 04:00pm


Location: Lakeland Suite, Thistle Hotel, Manchester

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The Independent Seminar on the Open Society (ISOS) is a free, one-day seminar for sixth-formers.

The first-ever ISOS to be held outside of London will take place on Monday, March 31st at the Thistle Hotel in Manchester, 3-5 Portland Street, Piccadilly Gardens, M1 6DP.

The line-up is as follows:

  • Things Politicians and Economists Often Get Wrong - Dr Madsen Pirie, President, Adam Smith Institute
  • Why Politics is Too Important to Leave to Politicians - Loz Kaye, Leader of the UK Pirate Party
  • Should we be able to Sell our Organs? - John Harris, Bioethicist, University of Manchester
  • Entrepreneurship and New Business Models- TBC
  • Debate: 'The Nanny State Has Gone Too Far' - Chris Snowdon, IEA and others TBC

Students are welcome to attend either independently or with teachers. Refreshments will be provided.

Too book at place at March's ISOS, please email

Patron's Dinner with Jacob Rees-Mogg MP

Speaker: Jacob Rees-Mogg

Date: Wednesday 26 March 2014

Time: 07:00pm - 07:00pm

Jacob Rees-Mogg is a Conservative Party MP for North East Somerset. Famous for his accent almost as much as his humorous speeches and ability to filibuster, he is rated by ConservativeHome as one of the party's most rebellious MPs.

Patron's Dinners are intimate events exclusive to Adam Smith Institute subscribers, and attendance at one is by invitation only.
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