Sam Bowman

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

An easy way to make food cheaper

Written by | Friday 11 January 2013

Madsen says the news that we waste up to half the food we produce is a big reason to be cheerful:

Much is wasted in developing countries between farm and consumer because it is stored or transported badly, with some of it consumed by pests or allowed to rot.  In the developed world there are over-zealous sell-by dates and a reluctance by retailers to take misshapen vegetables, or a tendency to promote over-buying by generous two-for-one offers.

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Welfare cuts might save money, but where's the growth?

Written by | Tuesday 8 January 2013

Following the benefits cap debate today, I can’t help but think that, yet again, the government has missed the point. Yes, the cap will save some money. Virtually everything the government spends money on needs to be cut. But where are the pro-growth policies? Where are the jobs that people on welfare are supposed to take? And where is the wholesale reform of the state that would allow the really big cuts to be made?

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More eyes on the bleeding hearts

Written by | Monday 7 January 2013

The RSA has blogged about the Bleeding Heart Libertarians, who I’ve also written about in the past. The RSA give a fair outline of what the bleeding hearts believe:

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Cut spending? If only it were that simple

Written by | Wednesday 2 January 2013

In between the turkey, spiced beef and mugs of hot port, I spent some of Christmas thinking about the state. Specifically, how to make it smaller.

Milton Friedman used to say that cutting taxes would force governments to cut spending to make ends meet. The last ten years has basically proved him wrong. Why cut spending when you can spend more, tax less and let the next lot pay the bill?

The old ‘tax cuts first’ strategy is dead. For a smaller state, we need to cut spending as we cut taxes, and avoid government borrowing as much as possible.

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A libertarian defence of 'social justice'

Written by | Wednesday 19 December 2012

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Deck the halls with macro follies

Written by | Thursday 13 December 2012

A festive video from the people who brought you the Hayek-Keynes rap.

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Inflation for the rich

Written by | Wednesday 12 December 2012

Sheldon Richman, sadly no longer the editor of The Freeman, has an intriguing piece for the American Conservative this month. In "How the Rich Rule", he points the finger at the nexus of the state-protected financial industry and the state-run central bank:

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The Autumn statement shows that economic stagnation is here to stay

Written by | Wednesday 5 December 2012

One thing became clear today: economic stagnation is here to stay. There is no growth and no prospect of growth without a change of course that focuses on deregulation and targeted tax cuts. There is no trade-off between growth and deficit reduction. You can’t have one without the other.

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A good man for an impossible job

Written by | Friday 30 November 2012

Madsen comments on the new Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney. He is, says Madsen,

probably the best candidate to perform an impossible job.  He had a good record in Canada, which weathered the financial storm better than most.  He has sound views on controlling inflation, and on controlling public spending rather than distributing a largesse of newly printed and borrowed money.

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