Sam Bowman

Sam Bowman is Research Director at the Adam Smith Institute. He writes on immigration, Bleeding Heart Libertarianism, and complexity in public policy.

Transport for whom?

Written by | Friday 6 July 2012

In this month's Reason Magazine (whose parent, the Reason Foundation, is now home to our own Tom Clougherty), Tim Cavanaugh writes that rail screws the poor:

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Deirdre McCloskey's factual case for free markets

Written by | Tuesday 19 June 2012

Over at the excellent Bleeding Heart Libertarians blog, Deirdre McCloskey has weighed in with a tour de force post. The blog's philosophical symposium on free market fairness is, she says, "factually mistaken". The assumptions philosophers make about reality are misguided; modern history tells us much of what we need to know:

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Tomorrow never comes

Written by | Monday 18 June 2012

So that's sorted, then. Greece has given the pro-bailout parties a narrow majority (thanks to a quirk of the Greek electoral system that gifts fifty extra seats to the party that wins the most votes). Greece will take another bailout; the markets can stop panicking; the crisis is averted; the euro is saved.

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Do we need government?

Written by | Friday 15 June 2012

After Tim Evans's great speech on private policing at our Next Generation event on Wednesday, I came across the video above, which goes into more detail than Tim had time for. Ed Stringham argues that government might not be necessary even for the "night watchman" roles that most assume it is required to play. Is government the only agency that can provide law enforcement? Stringham says "no", lucidly and engagingly.

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A quick Eurozone geography recap

Written by | Thursday 14 June 2012

This just landed in my inbox and seems to be doing the rounds:

1. “Spain is not Greece.”
Elena Salgado, Spanish Finance minister, Feb. 2010

2. “Portugal is not Greece.”
The Economist, 22nd April 2010.

3. “Ireland is not in ‘Greek Territory.’”
Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan.

4. “Greece is not Ireland.”
George Papaconstantinou, Greek Finance minister, 8th November, 2010.

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Cold comfort

Written by | Wednesday 13 June 2012

Oliver Blanchard, Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund, blogged on Latvia's economic miracle this week. Latvia has begun to recover from a deep recession of about 10% in 2008, despite or because of a deep austerity plan and little monetary stimulus (in order to maintain a peg with the Euro). With 5.5% growth in 2011 and an estimated 3.5% growth in 2012, Latvia now has "one of the highest growth rates in Europe, the peg has held, and the fiscal and current accounts are close to balance."

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On not giving a stuff about privacy online

Written by | Friday 8 June 2012

I’m in today’s City AM debating about whether we can trust social networking sites with our data. My basic point is that, if we want it, they will provide it:

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Newsnight's Krugman love-in

Written by | Thursday 7 June 2012

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Ireland should say No to "extend and pretend" treaty

Written by | Wednesday 30 May 2012

Nothing summed up the farcical nature of Ireland’s referendum campaign on the European Fiscal Compact Treaty better than the Finance Minister Michael Noonan’s assurance that Ireland’s only contact with Greece was “feta cheese and holidays”.

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Deficit spending won't save us

Written by | Tuesday 22 May 2012

Scott Sumner had another must-read post on his blog, The Money Illusion, last week.

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