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Prof Kevin Dowd: The Decapitalization of the West

Speaker: Prof. Kevin Dowd

Date: Monday 12 September 2011

Time: 06:30pm - 06:30pm


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

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Prof Kevin Dowd is a visiting professor in at the Pensions Institute at the Cass Business School, London, and an academic economist. He recently wrote a book with Martin Hutchinson called 'The Alchemists of Loss: How Modern Finance and Government Intervention Crashed the Financial System'. Within the book he highlighted how loose monetary policy leads to malinvestment, a lack of savings and lower living standards. Kevin is particularly interested in free-banking or laissez-faire financial and monetary systems. Kevin will deliver a lecture on the decapitalization of the west followed by a Q & A and drinks reception. 

The Next Generation with Brendan O'Neill

Speaker: Brendan O'Neill

Date: Tuesday 6 September 2011

Time: 06:00pm - 06:00pm


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

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"Riots: a mob made by the welfare state"

September's TNG will be with Brendan O'Neill, editor of spiked, the online magazine. He will be talking on the subject of the recent riots and whether the mobs were made by the welfare state. Brendan has written for a wide range of publications, including the Spectator, The Guardian, BBC Online and blogs on Comment is Free. He has also co-founded 'The Manifesto Club', which aims to recreate the creative spirit of the Enlightenment for the 21st Century. Brendan will be talking for 10 minutes on the riot and you will also be able to meet him and ask questions before and after the talk.

Book launch of The Condensed Wealth of Nations

Speaker: David Smith (Economics Editor, Sunday Times); Dr Eamonn Butler.

Date: Thursday 11 August 2011

Time: 06:30pm - 06:30pm


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

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Dr Eamonn Butler will be launching his latest book 'The Condensed Wealth of Nations' with a drinks reception at the St Stephen's Club. David Smith, The Sunday Times Economics Editor will be delivering a short speech on the importance of Adam Smith today at the reception.

Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations is one of the most important books ever written. A classic of political economy, it earned Adam Smith the reputation as the father of modern economics. Smith recognised that economic specialization and cooperation was the key to improving living standards. He changed the way of thinking about trade, commerce and public policy and laid the foundations for the study of economics.

Despite this, the book is rarely read today due to its dense and archaic style. In The Condensed Wealth of Nations, Eamonn Butler compacts and explains the key concepts in The Wealth of Nations and makes it accessible to modern readers.

The book also contains a primer on The Theory of Moral Sentiments, Adam Smith’s other great work that explores the nature of ethics.

The book will be on sale at the launch at half price (£5).

Hayek vs Keynes public debate and post-debate drinks

Speaker: Prof George Selgin & Dr Jamie Whyte v Lord Skidelsky & Duncan Wheldon

Date: Tuesday 26 July 2011

Time: 05:30pm - 05:30pm

Location: Debate: Old Lecture Hall, Old Building, LSE. Drinks: Old Bank of England Pub, 194 Fleet Street, London EC4A 2LT


No RSVP necessary for either debate or drinks.

Please show up at 5:30pm for the debate's 6:30pm start to make sure you get a seat. Full LSE debate details here.

On Tuesday 26th July, the LSE will be holding a public debate on the two giants of economics of the twentieth century – FA Hayek and John Maynard Keynes. We will be going along to support Prof George Selgin and Dr Jamie Whyte, who will be speaking in favour of FA Hayek's side of the debate. The debate will be broadcast at a later date on BBC Radio 4, so it's really important that we all go to show our support.

Professor George Selgin is one of the founders of the Modern Free Banking School, which draws its inspiration from the writings of Hayek on the denationalization of money and choice in currency. Dr Jamie Whyte has been a lecturer in philosophy at Cambridge University and is Head of Research and Publications at Oliver Wyman & Company, a London-based strategy consulting firm specialising in the financial services industry.

After the debate, the Adam Smith Institute has hired a room at the Old Bank of England Pub on Fleet Street (note: cash bar only). Please bring as many friends as possible to support the case for FA Hayek in what promises to be a hugely important event for classical liberalism in the UK.

Dr Razeen Sally: Liberty Outside the West -The Shift of the World Economy to Emerging Markets and What it Means for Freedom

Speaker: Dr Razeen Sally

Date: Monday 18 July 2011

Time: 12:30pm - 02:00pm


Location: Ideas Space, Clutha House, 10 Storey's Gate, Westminster, SW1P 3AY


Dr Razeen Sally is a senior lecturer in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics. He is also an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and co-director of the European Centre for International Political Economy (EPICE), a international economic policy think tank based in Brussels.

Dr Sally's research and teaching focuses on global trade policy and Asia in the world economy. He has written extensively on the WTO, FTAs, and on different aspects of trade policy in Asia. He has also written on the history of economic ideas, especially the theory of commercial policy. He has consulted for governments, international organisations and businesses in Europe and Asia, comments regularly on international economic issues in the media.

Dr Sally will deliver a lunchtime lecture on the topic of the shift of the world economy to emerging markets and what if means for freedom. Sandwiches and drinks will be provided. 


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