Sam Bowman

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

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Another glass of doublethink?

Written by | Thursday 17 May 2012

As you may have noticed, we've been pretty preoccupied with the nanny state this week.

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Why I don't worry about Facebook using my data

Written by | Monday 14 May 2012

David Henderson makes the crucial point about privacy concerns about Facebook versus government agencies:

[Blog commenter] figleaf is right that FB is contemptuous of privacy. I'm not sure that the U.S. Census Bureau is less contemptuous. Its handing over Census data to the Secret Service so the federal government could round up Japanese Americans and imprison them was pretty contemptuous of privacy, to put it mildly.

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Does devaluation help?

Written by | Friday 11 May 2012

A pamphlet by John Mills arguing for currency devaluation was recently sent to the "3,000 most influential Britons" (whoever they are). Thankfully, Prof Kevin Dowd and Gordon Kerr of Cobden Partners (Helping Nations Solve Banking Crises) and author of our paper The Law of Opposites have penned a short response rebutting the points made in the pamphlet:

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Licensing creep

Written by | Friday 11 May 2012

The Institute for Justice, an American libertarian think tank that focuses on legal issues, has just released a superb report on occupational licensure. Charting how many occupations require state permission in each state, the most striking result is how regulated low-skilled parts of the market are, and how high the barriers are. 

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Paul Krugman's junk statistics

Written by | Thursday 10 May 2012

Paul Krugman posted the graph above on his New York Times blog the other day. It charts change in GDP against austerity as % of GDP in European countries. Krugman claims that this proves that austerity is directly related to GDP contractions, making the basis error of confusing a correlation for a causation.

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Free Market Fairness

Written by | Thursday 10 May 2012

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Happy birthday, FA Hayek

Written by | Tuesday 8 May 2012

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Europe's nightmare has just begun

Written by | Tuesday 8 May 2012

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The Hayek Club goes to the Financial Times

Written by | Friday 4 May 2012

Congressman Ron Paul had an op-ed in the Financial Times yesterday (£). As part of their series on the future of central banking, Paul wrote about the 'intellectual bankruptcy' of the world's central bankers. It's quite a coup for the Hayek Club, our informal list of people who see central bank credit expansion as the root cause of the financial crisis and post-2008 recession. Paul wrote:

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