Sam Bowman

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

Bias at the BBC?

Written by | Monday 12 December 2011

We've been very pleased about the coverage our new report on renewable energy, Renewable Energy: Vision or Mirage?, has been getting. I was particularly impressed by the balanced coverage given by the BBC this morning, which fairly summarized the report along with some criticism from a spokesman from the World Wildlife Fund.

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Is this a watershed moment for Europe?

Written by | Friday 9 December 2011

Ignore the people fretting about a “two speed Europe” today. There’s been a two-speed Europe for at least as long as the Euro has existed. Actually, it's been a multi-speed Europe, when you count things like the Schengen area, the EEA and, indeed, the EU itself. There’s no problem with having a multi-speed Europe, if Britain’s in the right lane. The real question is whether any of this will mean anything after the real world has its say.

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From the sublime to the ridiculous

Written by | Thursday 8 December 2011

That Ron Paul advert the other day was a smash, but today his rival Rick Perry has released a truly insane one. If you're the kind of person who slows down to see car crashes on the motorway, you'll enjoy it.

It reminded me of this classic parody of the genre:

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Changing the worldview

Written by | Wednesday 7 December 2011

Paul Krugman’s latest dig at FA Hayek has prompted some great responses from economists online, but I think none is better than this post by Mario Rizzo.

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Ron Paul, big dog

Written by | Tuesday 6 December 2011

I wouldn't usually post a political ad on the blog, but this one was too good to miss. Ron Paul's not doing too badly in the GOP primaries either — he's polling second in Iowa and may do rather well in New Hampshire too. It's probably far too optimistic to think he might win, but a good showing would still give libertarians around the world a much-needed shot in the arm.

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The end of fiat money?

Written by | Monday 5 December 2011

It feels redundant to recommend Allister Heath's Editor's Letter, because it's consistently excellent and should already be on the reading list of this blog's readership. But today's piece has a particularly tantilizing closing paragraph:

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The new website: what's changed?

Written by | Monday 5 December 2011

Welcome to the new Adam Smith Institute website. It should be a significant improvement on the old one, being a lot more user-friendly and, hopefully, stylish. Most of the old website’s structure has been preserved, so you shouldn’t have any trouble navigating around the key sections. There are a few changes, though:

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Rothbardian dubstep

Written by | Thursday 1 December 2011

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Larry White on the financial crisis

Written by | Thursday 1 December 2011

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