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Monetary Reform & The Eurozone Crisis

Speaker: Detlev Schlichter, Brendan Brown, Andrew Lilico

Date: Thursday 26 January 2012

Time: 06:30pm - 08:30pm


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

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Detlev Schlichter is an author and Austrian economist. His first book, Paper Money Collapse - the folly of elastic money and the coming monetary breakdown, was published in 2011. He previously spent nearly 20 years working in international finance, for companies such as Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and Western Asset Management.

Brendan Brown is Head of Economic Research at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International. His books include The Global Curse of the Federal Reserve, EURO CRASH: The Implications of Monetary Failure in Europe, Bubbles in Credit and Currency, and Monetary Chaos in Europe 1914-31.

Andrew Lilico is a Director and Principal of Europe Economics, a consultancy specialising in economic regulation, competition policy, and the application of economics to public and business policy issues. He was previously Chief Economist of Policy Exchange.

2012: the end of the world as we know it?

Speaker: Douglas Carswell MP, Brendan O'Neill, Jamie Whyte, Alex Massie.

Date: Thursday 15 December 2011

Time: 06:30pm - 08:30pm


Location: Bishop Partridge Hall, Church House Conference Centre

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Join us as we look forward to 2012. What will the next 12 months bring? What lies ahead for the eurozone? Who will win the US presidential election? Our expect panel will address these issues and many more.

Douglas Carswell is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Clacton. He is the co-author of The Plan and one of the founders of Direct Democracy. He blogs each day at

Brendan O'Neill is the editor of spiked, an "independent online phenomenon dedicated to raising the horizons of humanity by waging a culture war of words against misanthropy, priggishness, prejudice, luddism, illiberalism and irrationalism".

Jamie Whyte is head of research and publishing at Oliver Wyman, a senior fellow of the Cobden Centre, and writes a weekly column for City AM. He used to lecture in philosophy at the University of Cambridge and recently presented Radio 4's 'Yo, Hayek!', a documentary on the Austrian school of economics.

Alex Massie is a freelance journalist, currently based in the Scottish Borders, and blogs regularly for The Spectator. He previously spent five years in Washington DC as a correspondent for The Scotsman and the Daily Telegraph.

Drinks will be served!

How bad bank regulation generates illusory profits

Speaker: Gordon Kerr (author of The Law of Opposites), Dr Andy Sloan (States Economist to the States of Guernsey)

Date: Tuesday 13 December 2011

Time: 04:00pm - 05:30pm


Location: Committee Room 8, House of Commons

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The Cobden Centre's Gordon Kerr is a banking insider and author of The Law of Opposites, which will be published on 13 December by the Adam Smith Institute.

At this event will present an insider's explanation of how banking has degenerated to its present nadir of managerial capitalism. He will cover:

  • Examples of how derivative reporting rules allow both sides of hedging transactions falsely to report up front, substantial profits;
  • How flawed IFRS rules allow RBS and other big banks to operate loss making business models that have already consumed all the bailout funds for no societal benefit;
  • How Basel rules, although deeply flawed, cannot actually function given the present false accounting system;
  • The way to start to fix the system: end the flaws endemic in our culture of rule-making.

Dr Andy Sloan will explain how the Guernsey banking model avoids many of the pitfalls of the UK system.

Please note that as this event is being held in the House of Commons, you will have to arrive early to get through security.

Adam Smith Institute Christmas Party

Speaker: John Redwood MP

Date: Monday 5 December 2011

Time: 06:30pm - 08:30pm


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

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This event is by invitation only.

POSTPONED: Adam Smith Lecture with Niall Ferguson

Speaker: Professor Niall Ferguson

Date: Tuesday 29 November 2011

Time: 06:00pm - 09:00pm


Location: Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ

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Professor Niall Ferguson will deliver the Annual Adam Smith Lecture. 

"Inflation: Past, Present, and Future".

Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford University, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

The Lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.


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