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Chasing Rainbows: How the Green agenda defeats its aims

Speaker: Tim Worstall

Date: Tuesday 30 November 2010

Time: 06:30pm - 08:30pm


Location: Room, LG002, Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TZ

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This event is to launch the latest work of our ASI fellow Tim Worstall.

The environmentalists have won: we all agree that we should be green. Now it's the revenge of the economists: how should we be green?

Tim Worstall - entrepreneur, freelance writer and Fellow at the Adam Smith Institute - takes a long, hard, calculating (and very entertaining) look at the assumptions behind ‘green’ activity. Crucially, he draws on economic analysis – combining classic models with an impressive knowledge of contemporary research - to examine in an unsentimental, quantitative and analytical light, the core assumptions that drive our efforts to produce a cleaner, healthier planet.

In doing so, he examines the misunderstanding about ‘job creation’ being unarguably beneficial; discusses how we must calculate the value of the time we spend recycling; unpicks the lazy thinking about markets and growth, and produces a witty, compelling and surprising perspective on all things green.

This is no knee-jerk, reactionary counterblast that denies we need to be environmentally conscious, but rather a compelling and utterly necessary plea to examine our environmental activities with due accuracy and thought.

The popular and globally esteemed science writer and columnist, Matt Ridley, has called this book: ‘Fearless, fresh, forensic and funny’, while Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist, says: ‘Jaw-droppingly rude he may be, but he’s smart, and this book is quite an education.’

Chasing Rainbows is the latest book in Stacey International’s radical and highly successful Independent Minds series.

Evening Seminar with PJ O'Rourke

Speaker: PJ O'Rourke

Date: Tuesday 23 November 2010

Time: 06:30pm - 08:30pm


Location: Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED


"Don't Vote: It only encourages the bastards"

Power Lunch with Nigel Stapleton

Speaker: Nigel Stapleton

Date: Wednesday 10 November 2010

Time: 12:45pm - 02:15pm


Location: Adam Smith Institute, 23 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BL


"Some reflections from seven years as Chair of the independent regulator of UK mail services"

Nigel Stapleton has been Postcomm’s chairman since 16 January 2004, when he was appointed for an initial three-year term by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry. On 2 November 2006 he was reappointed for a further four years, until 14 January 2011. He works two and a half days a week for Postcomm.

Mr Stapleton is a non-executive director of the London Stock Exchange plc and a non-executive director of Reliance Security Group plc.

Mr Stapleton is an independent director of two subsidiaries of SamrukKazyna National Prosperity Fund, which manages the State owned assets of Kazakhstan. The two subsidiaries are the electricity generation company - Samruk Energy - and the Kazak postal services provider - KazPost.

He is also a Trustee of the Mineworker's Pension Fund and in February 2009 was appointed Scheme Chairman of the Fund.

Mr Stapleton’s earlier business career included 18 years with Unilever and 13 years at publishing and information company Reed Elsevier.

Mr Stapleton is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has a degree in economics from Cambridge University.

All power lunches take place from 12.45-2.15pm in our offices at 23 Great Smith Street, Westminster. These events are by invitation only, but if you are interested in attending please contact Philip at or on 020 7222 4995.

The Next Generation with Mark Skousen

Speaker: Mark Skousen

Date: Monday 1 November 2010

Time: 06:00pm - 08:00pm


Location: The Yalumba Room, The Phoenix, 14 Palace Street, Victoria, SW1E 5JA

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Hayek vs. Keynes: Who's Winning the Battle of Ideas?

Known as the “maverick” of economics for his contrarian and optimistic views, his sometimes-outrageous statements and predictions, Mark Skousen is a college professor, prolific author and world-renowned speaker. He’s made his unique sense of market and investment trends known and respected in the financial world. With a Ph.D. in economics and a focus on the principles of free-market capitalism and “Austrian” economics, Mark Skousen has often gone contrary to the crowd in his investment choices and economic predictions — and has often been proved right.

His more unusual predictions include:

  • Forecasting in the early 1980s that “Reaganomics will work!”
  • Sending a special alert to subscribers of Forecasts & Strategies to “Sell all stocks and mutual funds” on Sept. 8, 1987, just six weeks before the 1987 Stock Market Crash
  • Calling for the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the collapse of Soviet Communism
  • Predicting of the biggest bull market on Wall Street in the 20th century — the 1990s

Mark Skousen has built a reputation for not only accurately identifying the right economic and political trends, but also the right investments for the times.

An almost idealistic proponent of liberty and political freedom, Mark Skousen is actively involved in some of the most prestigious free-market and liberty think tanks in the world. He frequently speaks and writes articles for organizations such as the Cato Institute, the Foundation for Economic Education, the Libertarian Party, the Council for National Policy and the Mt. Pelerin Society. You can read many of those articles or listen to some of his speeches. He is also the producer of FreedomFest, an annual conference held in Las Vegas (the country’s most libertarian city!) and billed as the world’s largest gathering of free minds on liberty. You can visit for more information.

ISOS October 2010

Speaker: tba

Date: Wednesday 20 October 2010

Time: 10:00am - 03:00pm


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

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"An Agenda for Reform: Politics Economics and Society"

The Independent Seminar on the Open Society (ISOS) is a free one-day seminar for sixth-formers, held in London in the Winter and Spring each year. Click here to find out more.


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