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Freedom of the River – ASI Summer Boat Party

Date: Tuesday 10 July 2012

Time: 06:15pm - 08:30pm


Location: Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, City of Westminster, SW1A 2JH

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The ASI's much-loved summer boat party is back.

Boarding will take place at Westminster Pier at 6:15pm and the boat will leave at 6:30pm sharp. It will return at 8:30pm.

Sparkling wine will be served as we cruise down the Thames. We have made provisions for rain, so the party will go on whatever the weather.

Unfortunately, we can only allow people onto the boat if they have been confirmed as guests in advance. You must register your name with to attend — we cannot make any exceptions.

This event is now full. 

The Ayn Rand Lecture: The Long-term Consequences of the Financial Crisis

Speaker: John A. Allison, former CEO of BB&T

Date: Thursday 21 June 2012

Time: 06:15pm - 09:00pm


Location: Drapers' Hall, Throgmorton Street, London, EC2N 2AN

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John A. Allison is the retired CEO and Chairman of BB & T, the 10th largest financial-holding company in the US. He was named one of the Top 100 CEOs of the last decade by Harvard Business Review. He turned BB&T from a small bank with $4.7billion in assets to the 11th largest bank in the US with $152billion in assets by his retirement.  John Allison held the position during the height of the financial crisis and his banking principles are largely seen as the reason behind his bank’s relative success during the financial crisis.

Therefore his experience has given him great insight into our tumultuous financial landscape and the ongoing economic downturn. His lecture will address the long-term consequences of public policy decisions made during the crisis, and will outline a fundamentally different set of solutions to our economic challenges.

Mr Allison is a strong proponent of Ayn Rand’s Objectivist philosophy, and his lecture will also explore the profound philosophic causes of and cures for the economic problems we face today. 

Doors open: 6.15pm

Lecture: 6.45pm - 8pm

Reception: 8pm-9pm

A Viennese Waltz Down Wall Street: Austrian Economics for Investors

Speaker: Mark Skousen

Date: Tuesday 29 May 2012

Time: 06:30pm - 08:30pm


Location: Church House Conference Centre, Great Smith Street, Westminster, London

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This lecture will be delivered by Mark Skousen, Ph. D. He is a professional economist, investment expert, university professor, and author of more than 25 books. He earned his Ph. D. in monetary economics at George Washington University in 1977. He currently holds the Benjamin Franklin Chair of Management at Grantham University. He has taught economics and finance at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, Barnard College, Mercy College and Rollins College. He also has been a consultant to IBM, Hutchinson Technology and other Fortune 500 companies.

Prof. John Tomasi on 'Free Market Fairness'

Speaker: John Tomasi, professor of political science at Brown University

Date: Thursday 3 May 2012

Time: 06:30pm - 08:30pm


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

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John Tomasi will be talking about his new book, Free Market Fairness, in which he argues that libertarians can and should care about social justice. Drawing simultaneously on moral insights from defenders of economic liberty such as F. A. Hayek and advocates of social justice such as John Rawls, Tomasi presents a new theory of liberal justice. This theory, free market fairness, is committed to both limited government and the material betterment of the poor. Provocative and vigorously argued, Free Market Fairness offers a bold new way of thinking about politics, economics, and justice--one that will challenge readers on both the left and right.

John Tomasi is professor of political science at Brown University, where he is also the founder and director of Brown's Political Theory Project. Tomasi holds degrees in political philosophy from the University of Oxford and the University of Arizona. He has held visiting fellowships and positions at Princeton, Harvard, and Stanford universities, and at the Freedom Center at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Liberalism Beyond Justice (Princeton).

Please note that the venue for this event has been moved to St Stephen's Club, 34 Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster, London SW1H 9AB.

ISOS April 2012

Speaker: Dr Tim Evans, Dr Madsen Pirie, Chris Snowdon, Nic Marks, Tony Gilland & Jamie Whyte

Date: Wednesday 25 April 2012

Time: 10:00am - 03:00pm


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 in the Winter and Spring each year. This April, the conference will cover a range of topics including:

  • The morality of markets
  • Economics for real people
  • Prohibition and its discontents
  • The right to be offensive
  • Is the government's role to make people happy?

Students are welcome to attend independently, or with teachers.


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