Classical liberalism and effective altruism: how can liberals most effectively improve the world?

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Effective altruism is a growing social movement, which asks ‘of all the possible ways to make a difference, which will make the most difference?’

With so many problems in the world, effective altruism encourages people to use evidence and reason to prioritize their altruistic efforts in order to maximise the social outcome.

In this Liberty Lecture, Executive Director of the Centre for Effective Altruism Robert Wiblin will explain what it means to be an effective altruist, how its possible to calculate the effectiveness of altruistic actions, and how these insights can be applied from a classical liberal perspective.

Based in the University of Oxford, the Centre for Effective Altruism is a growing coalition of projects which seek to combine empathy with evidence, including Giving What We Can and 80,000 Hours.

Robert studied genetics and economics at the Australian National University, and worked as a research economist in the Australian Government before joining the Centre for Effective Altruism. He was named a ‘Young Global Shaper’ by the World Economic Forum, and sits on the board of Animal Charity Evaluators.

Time: 6pm–7:30pm

Lunchtime Lecture with Russ Roberts: What Adam Smith Can Teach Us About Communicating Economics and Liberty

Russ Roberts is Research Associate at the Hoover Institute, co-creator of the Keynes v Hayek rap battle, host of the wildly popular EconTalk podcast, and author of the new book ‘How Adam Smith Can Change your Life‘.

Russ will speak for around 10-15 minutes, followed by discussion and Q&A from the audience.

Light refreshments will be provided. Please note that places are strictly limited so you must RSVP to attend.


Lunchtime lecture with Guy Herbert: The Human Rights Act as a constitution of liberty

Is the Human Rights Act worth saving? Guy Herbert, best known as General Secretary of the civil liberties group No2ID, will make a libertarian case in defence of the HRA in a 10-20 minute speaking slot, followed by 30 minutes of discussion from the floor.

Light refreshments will be provided. Please note that places are strictly limited so you must RSVP to attend.

Time: 12:30pm—1:30pm

The Adam Smith Institute’s Ayn Rand Lecture

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This year’s annual Ayn Rand Lecture  ‘Atlas is Shrugging: Why we must act now to defend free enterprise’ will be delivered by David Sokol on November 3rd 2014.

The American free enterprise system was not an experiment or an accident of history, but a philosophical recognition by the Founding Fathers of the importance of providing individuals with the freedom to pursue their self interest. In 1957, Ayn Rand’s extraordinary novel ‘Atlas Shrugged‘ told of a world whose motor has stopped. In the Adam Smith Institute’s third annual Ayn Rand lecture, David Sokol will explain the continued importance of the message of this seminal work, and and how ‘Atlas Shrugged’ is predictive as to the future of the American economy if we fail to act soon.

David Sokol is a titan of American enterprise, and owner and chief executive officer of Teton Capital LLC. From 2009 to 2011 Mr. Sokol was chairman and CEO of NetJets, Inc, and was chairman of Johns Mancille Corporation between 2007 and 2011. From 1991 to 2011 he was chairman of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company (now Berkshire Hathaway Energy).


“And the wall came tumbling down – 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall”

9 November 2014 is a day of remembrance, marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – a moment in history which represents the reunification of Germany and the triumph of liberty.

On 10 November, the Adam Smith Institute and Institute of Economic Affairs will be co-hosting a celebration to mark the historic occasion.

The event will begin at 6:30 PM, with brief remarks at 7:30 PM from the former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland, Professor Leszek Balcerowicz and the former president of the Czech Republic, President Václav Klaus.

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