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Adam Smith Institute Christmas Party

Speaker: Allister Heath

Date: Tuesday 4 December 2012

Time: 06:30pm - 08:30pm

Location: St Stephen's Club, 34 Queen Anne's Gate, London, SW1H 9AB

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This Christmas the Adam Smith Institute will be celebrating a successful year at St. Stephen's Club, and we are joined by Allister Heath. Allister Heath is Editor of City A.M., the daily business newspaper distributed in and around London and digitally. Heath has become an increasingly regular presence on the TV and radio. He is frequently interviewed on the BBC and Sky News. In addition to City A.M., he has written for a wide range of publications, including the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Wall Street Journal, the JC, the Literary Review and the Spectator, where he also serves as an associate editor. Heath is also the author of "A Flat Tax: Towards a British model" and the Chairman of the 2020 Tax Commission which is investigating what the ideal tax system for the UK would be and will report later in 2012.

This event is by invitation only.

Adam Darwin: Emergent Order in Biology and Economics – Adam Smith Lecture by Matt Ridley

Speaker: Matt Ridley

Date: Tuesday 13 November 2012

Time: 06:00pm - 08:30pm


Location: St Stephen's Club, 34 Queen Anne's Gate, London, SW1H 9AB

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This year's Adam Smith lecture is being given by Matt Ridley. Matt Ridley will speak on the parallels between the work of Adam Smith and Charles Darwin, as both markets and evolution are strikingly similar examples of experimental processes that improve our standing in the world we inhabit.

Matt Ridley has been a scientist, journalist and businessman. With BA and DPhil degrees from Oxford University, he worked for the Economist for nine years as science editor, Washington correspondent and American editor, before becoming a self-employed writer and businessman. He was founding chairman of the International Centre for Life in Newcastle. He currently writes the Mind and Matter column in the Wall Street Journal and writes for many other publications. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and a foreign honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of "The Red Queen", "The Origins of Virtue", "Genome", "Nature via Nuture", "Francis Crick" and more recently "The Rational Optimist" in which he argues that that human beings are not only wealthier, but healthier, more peaceful and more equal than they have ever been.

Please note that this event is strictly limited to guests who have RSVP'd.

Doors will open at 6:00pm for a drinks reception, with Matt Ridley's speech starting at 6:30pm sharp.

A Celebration of Milton Friedman: Three steps towards a freer world


  • Peter Lilley MP
  • Dr Adam Martin
  • Dr Eamonn Butler

Date: Monday 15 October 2012

Time: 06:00pm - 08:00pm


Location: Church House Conference Centre, Church House, Dean's Yard, London, SW1P 3NZ (Entrance on Great Smith Street)

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On the centenary year of Milton Friedman's birth, we look at three of Milton Friedman's ideas that have not yet been addressed.

Peter Lilley MP, former Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, will speak on the case for the legalisation of cannabis.
Dr Adam Martin, lecturer in Political Economy at King's College London, will speak on the case for free trade.
Dr Eamonn Butler, Director of the Adam Smith Institute, will speak on Milton Friedman's proposal for a Negative Income Tax.

Doors will open at 6:00pm for a drinks reception, with the panel starting their speeches at 6:30pm sharp.

Conservative Conference: An Agenda for Growth


  • Dan Hannan MEP
  • Kwasi Kwarteng MP for Spelthorne & Head of the Free Enterprise Group
  • Geoff Cook, Chief Executive, Jersey Finance
  • Andrew Lilico, Economist, Europe Economics

Date: Monday 8 October 2012

Time: 03:30pm - 05:00pm


Location: Jurys Inn Hotel, 45 Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2HQ

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This year the Adam Smith Institute are holding an event with Jersey Finance at the Conservative Conference. The fringe event is being held outside of the secure zone, meaning that it is open to both conference attendees and non-conference pass holders.

We will be looking at 'An Agenda for Growth',  with Dan Hannan, Kwasi Kwarteng, Andrew Lilico and Geoff Cook all giving their different free market views on how the government should change policy to allow economic growth.

Afternoon tea and refreshments will be provided. 

ISOS Autumn Sixth Form Conference

Speaker: Dr Madsen Pirie, Steve Baker MP, Dr Tim Evans, Chris Snowdon, Tam Fry

Date: Friday 5 October 2012

Time: 11:00am - 04:00pm


Location: Upper Hall, Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, Westminster, SW1P 3DW

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The Independent Seminar on the Open Society (ISOS) is a free one-day seminar for sixth-formers, held in London twice a year. This October the conference will focus on free market economics, with a focus on the following:

Does Economics matter?
Do markets make us moral?
What happens in a recession?
Causes of the next financial crisis
The Fat Tax Debate: Should fatty foods and soda drinks be taxed to tackle obesity?

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