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Libertarian film screening of V for Vendetta

Written by | Monday 4 November 2013

Tom Stringer has arranged a really fun Monday evening outing on Monday November 4th.  It's a showing of the movie "V for Vendetta" at the Bowler Bar and Pub in Clarkenwell. The screening starts at 7, but people can arrive from 6pm onwards and there'll be plenty of time to chat with fellow libertarians. There's an amply stocked bar and what's more there is a free drink for every attendee courtesy of EzyOrder when you arrive (all you need to do is download their app onto your smartphones).

You can purchase your tickets here.

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ASI on shortlist for €100,000 "Brexit" plan

Written by | Friday 1 November 2013

A team representing the ASI has been shortlisted for the €100,000 “Brexit” prize for blueprints on what steps the UK must take to secure its economic future if the electorate vote to leave the EU in the coming referendum. The prize has been put up by the Institute of Economic Affairs and attracted over a hundred submissions.

The Adam Smith Institute plan, drawn up by award-winning City analyst Miles Saltiel and senior lawyer Charles Proctor, covers how Britain should handle the negotiations and set out the future of regulation, trade, and relations with Europe.

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The government should sell off £40bn of assets, says new Adam Smith Institute report

Written by | Thursday 10 October 2013

  • The government owns around £600bn of assets, many of which do not need to be in the public sector
  • A sale of less than a tenth of those holdings—the most peripheral and surplus items, including £23bn of real estate—would net £40bn to cut taxes temporarily or pay down the debt
  • Holding onto given assets regardless of price is inefficient on a basic level; valuable assets are best allocated by the market
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ASI launches The Entrepreneurs Network

Written by | Monday 7 October 2013

Today, sees the launch of The Entrepreneurs Network – a new think tank supported by the Adam Smith Institute. The Entrepreneurs Network is a think tank designed to bring entrepreneurs to the forefront of political discourse and help make Britain the best place to start a business.

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Comment of the week

Written by | Wednesday 21 August 2013

The point is that people who contract cancer or heart disease, (which are largely diseases of old age), suffer less than people who suffer the effects of malnutrition and poverty.

From the perspective of our prosperous and comfortable lives in the developed world, pollution-induced diseases seems like a terrible affliction. And they are, relatively speaking.

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The top three myths about immigration

Written by | Friday 14 June 2013

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Happy 290th Birthday Adam Smith!

Written by | Wednesday 5 June 2013

Had Adam Smith somehow survived until today, he would be 290 years old, having been born on 5th June 1723. The economist, now adorning the £20 note and credited with founding the modern discipline of economics (or political economy as it was known earlier) was originally renowned as a moral philosopher for his widely respected Theory of Moral Sentiments.

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Think Piece: Regulation and the UK's energy market

Written by | Wednesday 22 May 2013

Stephen Littlechild, Professor emeritus at the University of Birmingham, fellow of Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and a top regulator from 1983 to 1998, explains how politicians and regulators have, by misunderstanding how markets work, regulated to boost energy firms' profits at the expense of higher bills for consumers.

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Chart of the week: US personal income and expenditure

Written by | Friday 17 May 2013

Summary: US household spending is holding up

What the chart shows: The chart shows the % change in US personal income and expenditure in nominal terms in the most recent three months (January-March 2013) compared with the previous three months (October-December 2012)

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The costs of inflation

Written by | Wednesday 24 April 2013

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