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Britons say no to Nanny!

Type: ReportsWritten by Dr Madsen Pirie | Monday 20 August 2012

A new Adam Smith Institute briefing paper based on a YouGov poll commissioned by the Institute reveals that large majorities of the British public reject many aspects of the nanny state and prefer to make their own decisions.

‘We built it together, Mr President, through the division of labour.’

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Stephen MacLean | Wednesday 01 August 2012

You didn't build it? What would Adam Smith say, asks Stephen MacLean.


These Olympic Games are nothing to be proud of

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Lawsmith | Friday 27 July 2012

The London 2012 Olympic Games have been a triumph of wastefulness, nannying government, corporatism, deceit and incompetence. Our writer Lawsmith asks, how could our political class have gotten it so wrong?


Simple Rules for Complex Systems: Streamlining the UK's Financial Regulation Regime

Type: ReportsWritten by Tim Ambler & Eamonn Butler | Friday 13 July 2012

Tim Ambler and Eamonn Butler review the government's plans to reform financial regulation, and argue for a more streamlined approach that does not inhibit competition by smothering new market entrants with costly regulatory requirements.

Review: Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Vuk Vukovic | Tuesday 10 July 2012

Vuk Vukovic reviews the new book, Why Nations Fail, and finds it instructive for home and abroad.


Parent-led Protection: Market-based Solutions to Child Protection

Type: ReportsWritten by Dominique Lazanski | Tuesday 03 July 2012

Politicians claim that a single government block is needed to safeguard children online. However, as Dominique Lazanski argues, this ignores the wide range of market-based solutions that already exist.


Taxing Times: Tax Avoidance, Boon or Bane?

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Geoff Cook | Thursday 28 June 2012

Jersey Finance's Jeff Cook discusses the role of tax havens in the economy and defends Jersey's status.


In praise of consumerism

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Whig | Friday 22 June 2012

Should "consumerism" be a term of abuse? No, argues our blogger Whig — it is exactly what we should be striving for.


Mind Your Own Business!

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Elaine Sternberg | Wednesday 20 June 2012

We need a real market for corporate control, argues Elaine Sternberg. Private firms may have good reason to pay their executives highly, and shareholder sovereignty should be protected. The most important thing the government can do is to remove state restictions on shareholder power — and stop meddling in how private companies are run. 

Shiny happy people? The madness of the Happy Planet Index

Type: Think PiecesWritten by Chris Snowdon | Wednesday 20 June 2012

The New Economics Foundation's Happy Planet Index ranks Costa Rica (1st), Vietnam (2nd), Bangladesh (11th) and Iraq (18th) among the world's most "sustainable" places to live. Chris Snowdon asks: Are these people for real?



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