Adam Smith Lecture with Professor David Neumark
Jun
11
1:00 PM13:00

Adam Smith Lecture with Professor David Neumark

Our annual Adam Smith Lecture showcases pre-eminent modern thinkers who continue to advance the ideas of Adam Smith.

This year's speaker, Professor David Neumark, will be speaking on the topic of “How policymakers should think about the minimum wage”. He is the world's leading economic expert on the effect of minimum wages on unemployment, having published over fifty papers on the subject.

He is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Irvine, Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Senior Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor.

During the lecture, he will explain the minimum wage debate and why there is so much disagreement between economists, the current state of research on the topic, and how policymakers should interpret this work when approaching minimum wage policy in the UK.

He will be addressing an invitation-only select group of MPs, Lords, ASI supporters, and journalists.

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June TNG with Siobhain McDonagh MP
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

June TNG with Siobhain McDonagh MP

For our sixth TNG of 2018, we're hosting Siobhain McDonagh, the Labour MP for Mitcham and Morden,

Siobhain has recently submitted an Early Day Motion calling for a presumption in favour of housebuilding on Green Belt land within a 45 minute travel time of London's Zone 1 and less than a 10 minute walk to a train station, in order to free up space for over 1 million new homes. The Adam Smith Institute has previously argued for such a policy and is a signatory of the EDM. At this TNG, she'll be arguing why we should build on London’s Green Belt.

The Next Generation (TNG) is the Adam Smith Institute’s network for young classical liberals and libertarians. Unfortunately we have limited space, so the event is reserved for under 30s.

As ever, there will be complimentary red and white wine on offer.

Please don't turn up before 6pm, as we will not be able to let you in. We hope you can make it.

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Benedikt Koehler on the history of property rights in Judeo-Christianity
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Benedikt Koehler on the history of property rights in Judeo-Christianity

Benedikt Koehler will be giving us a whistle-stop tour through 2,500 years of thinking on property rights in Judeo-Christianity.

John Locke’s contention that everyone has a right to own property now seems so obvious it is hard to imagine how it could ever have been contentious. However, the opposite notion - that land was beyond the reach of private ownership - had been axiomatic from the beginnings of Judeo-Christianity and throughout most of the Middle Ages.

The authority of Moses, Jesus, and Francis of Assisi supported the notion that ownership of land was beyond man’s grasp. Moses on the eve of entry to Israel quoted the Lord, “Mine is the land, for you are sojourning settlers with Me.” Early Christianity built on this cornerstone of Judeo-Christian conceptions of property rights and was conspicuously anti-materialist. Francis of Assisi (1181 – 1226) took anti-materialism to extremes and precipitated Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 1274) who set out ownership was compatible with Christianity. 

Benedikt Koehler was educated at Yale and Tübingen and his career has been in the City and in Whitehall. He has written articles for the IEA’s journal Economic Affairs, a biography of Ludwig Bamberger - a co-founder of Germany’s Liberal Party and of Deutsche Bank - and a book Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism. His current focus is on property rights in Judeo-Christianity.

To RSVP, please email events@adamsmith.org. We open doors at 6pm and the talk itself will begin at 6.30pm.

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May TNG with Chris Snowdon
May
1
6:00 PM18:00

May TNG with Chris Snowdon

For our fifth TNG of 2018, we're hosting the Institute of Economic Affairs' Head of Lifestyle Economics and Senior Fellow at the Adam Smith Institute, Chris Snowdon.

Chris is the author of a number of books, his most recent being "Killjoys: A Critique of Paternalism". His research focuses on social freedoms, prohibition and policy-based evidence. He is also a regular contributor to the Spectator Health blog and often appears on TV and radio discussing social and economic issues. At this TNG, he'll be discussing the problems with the sugary drinks tax that has recently come into effect across the UK.

The Next Generation (TNG) is the Adam Smith Institute’s network for young classical liberals and libertarians. Unfortunately we have limited space, so the event is reserved for under 30s.

As ever, there will be complimentary red and white wine on offer.

Please don't turn up before 6pm, as we will not be able to let you in. We hope you can make it.

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April TNG with Harry Cole
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

April TNG with Harry Cole

For our fourth TNG of 2018, we're hosting The Sun's Westminster correspondent and former co-editor of the Guido Fawkes blog, Harry Cole.

Harry was also contributing editor of The Spectator, and has written for publications such as the Sunday Times and GQ. Amongst his many professional accomplishments, he is known for delivering a one-million-signature petition to the BBC calling for the reinstatement of Jeremy Clarkson...using a tank. At this TNG, he'll be giving the inside track on Westminster and all things Brexit.

The Next Generation (TNG) is the Adam Smith Institute’s network for young classical liberals and libertarians. Unfortunately we have limited space, so the event is reserved for under 30s.

As ever, there will be complimentary red and white wine on offer.

Please don't turn up before 6pm, as we will not be able to let you in. We hope you can make it.

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Prof Paul Cheshire on the harms of planning restrictions
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Prof Paul Cheshire on the harms of planning restrictions

Prof Paul Cheshire, Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics, will speak about the unintended consequences of more restrictive local planning.

His recent research has found evidence that planning restrictions result in more empty homes, longer commutes, less affordable housing, crowded shops, and more.

Prof Cheshire has a strong interest in policy analysis and policy related fields, and is named one of the Planning industry's most influential people. He is the author/co-author of more than 100 papers and was the 1989 winner of the Donald Robertson Memorial Prize and in 2004 won the Royal Economic Society's Prize for the best paper in the Economic Journal. Apart from his academic work he has spent time as an advisor and as a consultant for the European Commission, the World Bank, the OECD, the UN and other international organisations as well as the UK government.

To RSVP, please email events@adamsmith.org. We open doors at 6pm and the talk itself will begin at 6.30pm.

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March TNG with Gillian Keegan MP
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

March TNG with Gillian Keegan MP

For our third TNG of 2018, we're hosting hotly-tipped Tory MP Gillian Keegan: Chichester's first female member of Parliament.

Before being elected to Parliament in 2017, Gillian enjoyed a successful 27-year career in international business. She'll be drawing on that experience to explore what politicians could learn from the world of business, and will also discuss making the move from business to politics.

The Next Generation (TNG) is the Adam Smith Institute’s network for young classical liberals and libertarians. Unfortunately we have limited space, so the event is reserved for under 30s.

As ever, there will be complimentary red and white wine on offer.

Please don't turn up before 6pm, as we will not be able to let you in. We hope you can make it.

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February TNG with Helen Dale
Feb
6
6:00 PM18:00

February TNG with Helen Dale

For our second TNG of 2018, we're hosting "Australian literature’s lone classical liberal", Helen Dale. She is a regular contributor to The Spectator and winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award for her book The Hand that Signed the Paper.

At the TNG she'll be discussing the classical liberal themes of her new book, Kingdom of the Wicked (which will be on sale for a discounted price). These include free speech, abuse of executive power, and state-sponsored torture.

The Next Generation (TNG) is the Adam Smith Institute’s network for young classical liberals and libertarians. Unfortunately we have limited space, so the event is reserved for under 30s.

As ever, there will be complimentary red and white wine on offer.

Please don't turn up before 6pm, as we will not be able to let you in. We hope you can make it.

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Prof Michael Mainelli on Smart Ledgers
Jan
30
6:00 PM18:00

Prof Michael Mainelli on Smart Ledgers

 

Prof Michael Mainelli, Emeritus Professor at Gresham College, will speak about the potential for blockchain technology. 

Since before the time of the Sumerians, ledgers have been one mechanism to prevent economic cheating.  Ledgers maintain a record of transactions, be they land, financial, social, or qualifications.  Traditionally, a central third party preserves the ledger, safeguards transactions from being changed, and adds new ‘validated’ transactions.  Successful central third parties frequently become natural monopolies, exposing them to two temptations, corruption and indolence. Mutual distributed ledgers (MDLs, aka blockchains) are multi-organisational databases with a super audit trail.  MDLs move much safeguarding and preservation into the technology, in the process reducing the ‘switching costs’ for the community of moving to a new central third party. Both the technology and the reduced switching costs reduce the likelihood of overly powerful natural monopolies.

Prof Mainelli co-founded Z/Yen in 1994, the City of London’s leading think-tank, to promote societal advance through better finance and technology. 

To RSVP, please email events@adamsmith. We open doors at 6pm and the talk itself will begin at 6.30pm.

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January TNG with Tim Shipman
Jan
9
6:00 PM18:00

January TNG with Tim Shipman

For our first TNG of 2018, we're hosting The Sunday Times' Political Editor and author of 'Fall Out: A Year of Political Mayhem', Tim Shipman.

Tim's followed up his best-selling account of the EU referendum 'All Out War', with another page-turner, 'Fall Out', his rundown of May's disastrous snap election with testimonies from all the key players.

At the TNG he'll give you the inside story of why 2017 General Election went so badly for Mrs May.

The Next Generation (TNG) is the Adam Smith Institute’s network for young classical liberals and libertarians. Unfortunately we have limited space, so the event is reserved for under 30s.

As ever, there will be complimentary red and white wine on offer.

Please don't turn up before 6pm, as we will not be able to let you in. We hope you can make it.

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The ASI presents Forum 2017
Dec
9
9:00 AM09:00

The ASI presents Forum 2017

The Adam Smith Institute presents 'Forum 2017'

At the Adam Smith Institute, we advocate for ideas that will make the world a freer, better, richer place. We aim to be radical and reasonable – pushing for bold reforms but backing it up with cold, hard evidence.

In that spirit, we're hosting our second Forum. Last year’s event attracted around 250 attendees, and this year we’re aiming to make Forum even bigger. We're bringing together leading economists, philosophers, and scientists for a day of talks on the underappreciated, underrecognised ideas they believe help explain and improve the world around us.

To give you a taste – we've got Johan Norberg, author of Progress making the case against nostalgia, Professor John Harris defending gene editing, Empirical Sex founder Elisa Misu Solaris exploring the science of kink, and Dr. Anton Howes explaining the causes of innovation.

We're keeping the talks short (most won't go on for longer than 15 minutes) so we can squeeze as many great ideas as possible into the day.

We'll also be heading for drinks afterwards to give you a chance to have a chat with some of our speakers and fellow attendees. The location for post-Forum drinks will be announced closer to the event.

To purchase a ticket, please visit our Eventbrite page.

Speakers:

Johan Norberg (Author of ‘Progress’, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute) on ‘Against Nostalgia

Professor John Harris (Lord Alliance Professor of Bioethics, University of Manchester) on ‘Why Gene Editing Must Not Be Stopped

Dr. Judy Stephenson (David Richards Junior Research Fellow in Economic History, University of Oxford) on ‘Do you want to be paid for your time or your product? The employment contract in historical perspective

Elisa Misu Solaris (Founder of Empirical Sex) on ‘The Science of Kink

Dr. Stuart Ritchie (Postdoctoral fellow, Dept of Cognitive Ageing, University of Edinburgh) on ‘Predicting your IQ from your genes

Dr. Henry Fisher (Science and Health Policy Director, Volteface) on ‘A good night out is worth more than you think

John Myers (Co-Founder of London YIMBY) on 'How to fix the housing crisis'

Dr Diana Fleischman (Senior Lecturer, Dept of Psychology, University of Portsmouth) on 'Sex Differences: Evolution and Equality'

Ben Southwood (Head of Research, Adam Smith Institute) on 'Why you shouldn't read the news'

Dr. Anton Howes (Lecturer in Economic History at the Department of Political Economy, King's College London) on 'How to be a great inventor'

Prof Janet Radcliffe Richards (Professor of Practical Philosophy, University of Oxford) on 'Organs for sale'

Stian Westlake (Executive Director of Policy and Research, Nesta) on 'Capitalism Without Capital: how the rise of a new economy explains the productivity slowdown'

Sam Bowman (Executive Director, Adam Smith Institute)

Where?

Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL

The nearest tube station is Holborn (Central and Piccadilly Lines)

When?

9.00am to 5pm, Saturday December 9th 2017

Schedule

Registration for Forum will begin at 8.45am in the foyer of Conway Hall. We are aiming to have everyone seated in Conway Hall at 9.10am for our first talk of the day.

To speed things up, it'd be great if everyone could bring either a print-out of their ticket or have it ready and open on their phone. Once, we've seen that we'll hand over a beautiful Adam Smith Institute lanyard and a programme.

Tea, Coffee and Lunch

Throughout the day there will be two tea, coffee, and biscuits breaks as well as a longer lunch break. They'll all be served in Conway Hall itself.

Q&As

At the end of each session we'll be running a Q & A session with the speakers on stage. In order to get as many questions in as possible and to avoid the usual long-winded speeches disguised as questions, we're going to run the Q & A through Twitter. Simply tweet your question along with the #ASIForum.

There is public WiFi access at Conway Hall that does not require a password.

Refunds

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any refunds.

Schedule

8:45-9:10 - Arrival and registration
09:20-11:00 - Session One + Q & A
11:00-11:20 - Break for tea and coffee
11:20-12:20 - Session Two + Q & A
12:20-13:20 - Lunch (provided)
13:20-14:50 - Session Three + Q & A
14:50-15:20 - Break for tea and coffee
15:20-17:00 - Session Four + Q & A
17:00 - Closing remarks

Tickets

We want to reach as many students and young people as possible, so we're offering discounted tickets for under-30s. Of course, if you're over 30, we'd still love for you to come along provided you pay a little extra and help subsidise some of our younger attendees.

If you do take advantage of a discounted rate you may be asked to prove your identity at the door so please do bring along ID on the day!

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Free Film Screening: Secrets of the Magna Carta
Nov
27
6:00 PM18:00

Free Film Screening: Secrets of the Magna Carta

The Adam Smith Institute is delighted to partner with the Institute of Economic Affairs in hosting a free screening of "Secrets of the Magna Carta"—our new two-part documentary series.

The IEA have kindly agreed to host the screening, and you can reserve your free space on their website here.

Magna Carta may be an 800-year-old piece of parchment, but today many people think that it is more relevant than ever. It spelt out the rights of citizens and the limits to a government’s power over them. With the expansion of government in the last hundred years, and political decisions affecting every part of our lives, perhaps we need to look again at what this old parchment can tell us.

To explore questions like these, and to chart the history of Magna Carta—how it arose, what its immediate and enduring effects were—the Adam Smith Institute has teamed up with award-winning documentary makers WAG TV to produce two 50-minute documentaries on the charter and its relevance today. They feature world experts: lawyers like US and UK supreme court justices, distinguished historians, librarians in charge of conserving the documents themselves, and policy commentators from both sides of the Atlantic. And yet they are made to be engaging and entertaining as well as challenging and informative. That may be why they won a top award at the 2017 Anthem Film Festival.

The IEA will be serving drinks, pick’n’mix, and popcorn on the night. It is free to attend but the event is aimed at under 30s.

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Ayn Rand Lecture 2017 with Dr Yaron Brook
Nov
13
6:00 PM18:00

Ayn Rand Lecture 2017 with Dr Yaron Brook

On Monday 13th November, we will be honouring Ayn Rand and her ideas with a special guest lecture at Middle Temple Hall.

Dr Yaron Brook, Executive Chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute, will be giving our annual Ayn Rand Lecture on "The Morality of Finance".

Yaron is the author of multiple books make the case for the ideas of Ayn Rand and free market economics including "Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government" and "Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality".

Schedule:

18:00 - Doors open
18:45 - Lecture starts + Q & A
20:00 - Drinks Reception

To request a place, please email aynrand@adamsmith.org

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November TNG with Andrew Boff on Sex Work
Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

November TNG with Andrew Boff on Sex Work

For our November TNG we're hosting Conservative London Assembly Member Andrew Boff on the topic of sex work.

On the London Assembly Andrew's drawn attention to the violence sex workers often face and made the case that criminalisation and prohibition has led to sex workers being afraid to come forward to the police to report crimes against them. 

In his unsuccesful bid to be the Tory candidate for Mayor of London he argued that London should trial a managed area for street prostitution.

Andrew Boff has been a member of the London Assembly for the last nine years and was until 2016 the Leader of the Conservative Party on the London Assembly. He sits on the libertarian wing of the Conservative Party and has advocated de-criminalising cannabis.

The Next Generation (TNG) is the Adam Smith Institute’s network for young classical liberals and libertarians. Unfortunately we have limited space, so the event is reserved for under 30s.

As ever, there will be complimentary red and white wine on offer.

Please don't turn up before 6pm, as we will not be able to let you in. We hope you can make it.

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The economics of fantasy sports
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

The economics of fantasy sports

We're excited to host Ball State University's Dr Todd Nesbit who'll be giving a lecture on a topic close to many of our hearts - fantasy football.

Todd is an economist specialising in sin taxes and the economics of sports. He's written multiple papers on the rise of fantasy sports and the effects it has had on match attendance and TV viewership.

If you would like to attend, RSVP to events@adamsmith.org.

 

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TNG with Kemi Badenoch MP
Oct
10
6:00 PM18:00

TNG with Kemi Badenoch MP

 

We're hosting Tory rising star Kemi Badenoch MP on how Conservatives and free marketeers can make the case against socialism. 

With a majority of young people voting for Corbyn's socialists policies, making a coherent, principled case for markets should be the first order of business. 

Kemi was elected to Parliament as MP for Saffron Walden in June and previously served as a London-wide member of the London Assembly. Before coming to Parliament Kemi was a director for The Specator and an associate director at Coutts and Co.

Due to Tory Party Conference dragging us away from Westminster, we're breaking convention and holding this month's TNG on October 10th.

The Next Generation (TNG) is the Adam Smith Institute’s network for young classical liberals and libertarians. Unfortunately we have limited space, so the event is reserved for under 30s.

As ever, there will be complimentary red and white wine on offer.

Please don't turn up before 6pm, as we will not be able to let you in. We hope you can make it.

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Preventing club drug deaths: a new approach
Oct
3
6:00 PM18:00

Preventing club drug deaths: a new approach

The Adam Smith Institute is partnering with drug reform think tank Volteface and the Night Time Industries Association to present a fringe event on club drugs, harm reduction and the night time economy.

Clubbing may not be the first thing you think of when you hear the words Conservative Party Conference, but with the Conference returning to Manchester, a city that can claim ownership of clubbing culture like no other in the UK, it is a perfect fit for a debate on the opportunities and the threats to the industry.

The night time economy contributes £66 billion annually to the national economy, but night time venues are nonetheless placed in a precarious position, with zero tolerance approaches to drugs and local government priorities often at odds with pragmatic solutions for protecting their customers. Increasingly, over-regulation is stifling popular venues, forcing many to close. 

Preventing drug deaths in nightclubs will require a change of approach. Existing strict approaches often lead to unintended consequences promoting riskier behaviour and shifting drug use into uncontrolled environments. As drug purity has increased, we’ve seen significant rises in club drug related deaths, in particular cocaine and MDMA.

The failure of existing drug policy is leading to nightclub closures. But new approaches like The Loop’s Multi Agency Safety Testing are having a real impact with harm reduction. What can the Government learn from this and what are the broader implications for drug policy?

Volteface, The Adam Smith Institute, and the Night Time Industries Association have assembled a panel of leading experts to discuss this new approach to cutting club drug deaths.

Speakers:

Paul Staines, Guido Fawkes (Chair)

Long before founding the most feared source of political news in all of Westminster, Paul led another life as a promoter of raves and acid house parties for the Sunrise Collective during the 1980s and 90s, establishing the Freedom to Party Campaign in the face of an objectionable government at the 1989 Conservative Party Conference. While these days may now be hazy memories, the dangers of the drugs that defined the scene then are still very present for today’s clubbers.

Professor Fiona Measham, Director, The Loop

Fiona is professor of criminology at Durham University, having studied drug policy and the ever evolving drug market for over 25 years, and sits on the Government’s Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs. She has often been at the forefront of identifying new drug trends, and in 2013 co-founded harm reduction organisation The Loop, which has provided its public drug testing service at a number of UK festivals for both this and last summer.

Dr Henry Fisher, Science and Health Policy Director, Volteface

Henry regularly writes and comments on drug policy within the media through his role at Volteface, and has called for more innovative regulatory approaches to the drug market. He is also one of The Loop’s senior chemists, having previously completed a PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry.

Alan Miller, Chair, Night Time Industries Association

Alan is the Chairman of The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), which promotes the cultural, economic and social benefits of 24 hour cities and nightlife across the UK. Representing some of Britain’s most loved venues and championing ambassadors for nightlife with Mayors, helping set up Night Time Commissions and Night Czars both here and abroad, since its inception The NTIA has quickly helped change the practical landscape of stakeholders attitudes to nightlife. Alan co-founded London’s Old Truman Brewery business cultural centre and is creator of The Vibe Bar, which ran for almost 20 years on Brick Lane.

Sacha Lord Marchionne, Founder, Warehouse Project and Parklife Festival

One of the biggest names on the Manchester music and event production scene for over 20 years, Sacha has also been a vocal supporter of harm reduction within the night time economy, and has worked with The Loop to provide back of house testing services at both the Warehouse Project and Parklife Festival.

Unlike our other Conservative Party Conference events this will be held outside the Secure Zone at popular Manchester music venue (just 10 mins away from the secure zone). The event's invite only but if you'd like to request a place, send an email with name/reason for interest/affiliation to samd@adamsmith.org

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The Millennial Manifesto: policies to win over younger voters
Oct
3
4:00 PM16:00

The Millennial Manifesto: policies to win over younger voters

The Adam Smith Institute are hosting a series of panel discussions and debates at the Conservative Party Conference that are free to attend for any Conservative Party Conference attendees. To find out more, email events@adamsmith.org

The Conservatives need an agenda that addresses the real concerns of young people, from the high cost of housing to sluggish wage growth and the high cost of university tuition. If they do not, then Corbyn could be in Number 10 implementing a socialist agenda of rent controls, free tuition and nationalisation. What policies and arguments should Conservatives make to win back young people?

We've put together a great panel to discuss the policies needed to win over young voters. Our President (and author of The Millennial Manifesto) Dr Madsen Pirie will be setting out his bold (but deliverable) policies persuade young voters to reject socialism. We will also be hosting our former Head of Communications and the IEA's current News Editor Kate Andrews. The ASI's Head of Research Ben Southwood will be rounding out the panel and Times' Diarist Grant Tucker will be chairing the panel.

It's sure to be a fun discussion, and we hope you'll be around to see it. We're hosting it inside the Secure Zone (so you'll need a conference pass) in Room Central 3 at the Manchester Central. The event's free to attend, no need to RSVP, just turn up at 4pm.

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How to stamp out street cannabis
Oct
2
4:00 PM16:00

How to stamp out street cannabis

The Adam Smith Institute are hosting a series of panel discussions and debates at the Conservative Party Conference that are free to attend for any Conservative Party Conference attendees. To find out more, email events@adamsmith.org

The drug policy debate in Britain scarcely moves beyond skunk. If we are to have lasting drug reform in the UK, it’s vital to tackle the problem of street cannabis and its associated mental health issues. Successful reformers in Canada and the US have been able to make a conservative case for legalisation on the grounds that a legal regulated market allows the state to regulate purity and strength, crack down on street dealing, and keep it out of the hands of teenagers.

Legalisation also means more money (through reduced policing costs and excise duties) that can be used to properly fund mental health services and mitigate the harms of problem use.

At Conservative Party Conference, we're teaming up with drug policy think tank Volteface and making this case direct to Conservative Party MPs, activists and members.

We've assembled an expert panel including former Criminal Justice Minister Crispin Blunt MP, Steve Moore, who's director of drug policy think tank Volteface, former Cameron Speechwriter and Mail On Sunday Contributing Editor Ian Birrell and Sam Bowman, the ASI's Executive Director. 

It's sure to be a thought-provoking discussion, and we hope you'll be around to see it. We're hosting it inside the Secure Zone (so you'll need a conference pass) in Exchange 4-5 at Manchester Central. The event's free to attend, no need to RSVP, just turn up at 4pm.

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Innovation vs. The Nanny State: How markets are solving the problems government can't
Oct
2
1:00 PM13:00

Innovation vs. The Nanny State: How markets are solving the problems government can't

The Adam Smith Institute are hosting a series of panel discussions and debates at the Conservative Party Conference that are free to attend for any Conservative Party Conference attendees. To find out more, email events@adamsmith.org

E-Cigarettes are enabling millions of smokers to quit more effectively than any public health campaign. But increasingly, they're being targeted by excessive regulation. The Tobacco Products Directive is placing tight restrictions on E-Cigarette manufacturers and sellers, restricting their ability to market to consumers. After Brexit, Britain will have a chance to reform E-Cigarette regulations and support a harm reduction revolution. Will it take it?

To discuss and debate how Britain should regulate vaping, we've assembled a panel of real experts.

We have the IEA's Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon speaking alongside TV GP and Spectator Columnist Dr Roger Henderson. Representing the ASI will be our Executive Director Sam Bowman and chairing the panel will be the ASI's director and co-founder Dr Eamonn Butler.

It's sure to be a fun discussion, and we hope you'll be around to see it. We're hosting it inside the Secure Zone (so you'll need a conference pass) in the Stanley Suite at the Midland Hotel. The event's free to attend, no need to RSVP, just turn up at 1pm.

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Noah Carl on left-wing bias in academia
Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

Noah Carl on left-wing bias in academia

The Adam Smith Institute is delighted to host Noah Carl for a lecture on his report Lackademia: Why do academics lean left.

Noah will tackle the controversial topic of why academics are much more left wing than the general public. Is it because they're smarter or is something else at play? Find out on Tuesday September 12th when Noah presents his report Lackademia: Why do academics lean left.

Noah Carl is a postdoctoral research in Sociology at Nuffield College, Oxford. His research focuses on the correlates of beliefs and attitudes. His report Lackademia was covered in nearly every major newspaper and was cited in Michael Gove's weekly column. 

Complimentary red and white wine will be available.

To RSVP please email: events@adamsmith.org

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TNG with Renate Samson on Encryption
Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

TNG with Renate Samson on Encryption

For our first The Next Generation (TNG) event back after summer we're excited to host Big Brother Watch's Renate Samson on 'why we should oppose any attempt to undermine encryption'.

With Theresa May still determined to pass new anti-terror laws, encryption is a big issue and one Renate is extremely qualified to speak on. Renate has been the Chief Executive of Big Brother Watch since 2014. Since joining she has overseen their work on the Investigatory Powers Bill, data sharing, big data, surveillance cameras and issues regarding the internet of things.
 

Before joining Big Brother Watch, she she was Chief of Staff to Rt Hon David Davis MP with whom she worked for five years, focusing on his civil liberties campaigns.

The Next Generation (TNG) is the Adam Smith Institute’s network for young classical liberals and libertarians. Unfortunately we have limited space, so the event is reserved for under 30s.

As ever, there will be complimentary red and white wine on offer.

Please don't turn up before 6pm, as we will not be able to let you in. We hope you can make it.

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How deregulation gave us FM Radio, HBO and the iPhone
Jun
26
6:00 PM18:00

How deregulation gave us FM Radio, HBO and the iPhone

Professor Thomas Winslow Hazlett is speaking at the ASI about his new book The Political Spectrum: The Tumultuous Liberation of Wireless Technology, from Herbert Hoover to the Smartphone

Professor Hazlett, former chief economist of the Federal Communications Commission, will run through the history of wireless technology, describing how special interests and short-sighted regulators frequently hamstrung innovations from FM radio to cable TV to cellphones. He'll describe how insights from economist Ronald Coase led to a deregulation revolution that brought us much of the technology and free expression we take for granted today, from smartphones to Game of Thrones.

Professor Thomas Winslow Hazlett hold the H. H. Macaulay Endowed Professorship in Economics at Clemson University, where he directs the Information Economy Project. He's also a frequent contributor to Reason magazine.

As usual, doors will open at 6pm with the talk itself starting at 6.30pm.

To RSVP please email events@adamsmith.org

 

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Prof. Daniel Klein on Liberalism 1.0: The Genealogy of Classical Liberalism
Jun
15
6:00 PM18:00

Prof. Daniel Klein on Liberalism 1.0: The Genealogy of Classical Liberalism

“The child of jurisprudence is liberalism.” — J.G.A. Pocock 

Daniel Klein will discuss the emergence of liberal thought, starting with the wars of religion, touching on the jurisprudence of Grotius, Pufendorf, and Barbeyrac, and the political theory of Locke. He will then channel David Hume and especially Adam Smith to offer basic formulations for understanding what liberal should mean to us. Such formulations involve some analysis of justice and liberty, the presupposition of a stable polity, and other ingredients. But Klein promises not to go overboard with the hair-splitting. The goal is to sketch out the essence of original liberalism — a.k.a, “classical liberalism” — or Liberalism 1.0 — and argue that Liberalism 1.0 remained the central understanding down to 1880 or so. He will briefly summarize the semantic history of “liberal”. Klein will project a big-tent of “mere liberalism,” but argue that the tent is not so big as to be able to accommodate those who are, in North America, customarily called “liberal;” they merit other significations.

Daniel Klein is professor of economics and JIN Chair at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, where he leads a program in Adam Smith. He is author of Knowledge and Coordination: A Liberal Interpretation (OxfordUP, 2012) and chief editor of Econ Journal Watch.

 

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Juliet Samuel on Privatization
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

Juliet Samuel on Privatization

Corbyn just won't let it go. Labour's General Election manifesto is packed with calls to nationalise everything from energy to rail. Two days before the election, we've brought in the Telegraph's Juliet Samuel to provide a well-needed corrective and make the case that more-not-less privatization is what's needed to fix Britain's aging infrastructure.

Juliet is a columnist at The Telegraph, having previously worked for The Wall Street Journal as well as Guido Fawkes, under the pseudonym of Emily Nomates.

The Next Generation (TNG) is the Adam Smith Institute’s network for young classical liberals and libertarians. Unfortunately we have limited space, so the event is reserved for under 30s.

As ever, there will be complimentary (privately funded) red and white wine on offer.

Please don't turn up before 6pm, as we will not be able to let you in. We hope you can make it.

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Berin Szoka on Net Neutrality
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Berin Szoka on Net Neutrality

Leading US tech policy expert Berin Szoka will be speaking at the Adam Smith Institute on Net Neutrality.

In recent years net neutrality has been one of the biggest issues surrounding the future of the internet. But it's debate where often strong partisan rhetoric can crowd careful consideration of the facts. Berin Szoka, CEO of Tech Freedom, will tell you all you need about net neutrality and the latest attempt to regulate the internet.

To RSVP please email: events@adamsmith.org

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What can an independent Britain learn from New Zealand?
May
17
6:00 PM18:00

What can an independent Britain learn from New Zealand?

Once Britain exits the European Union the Government will take back control of a whole range of policy areas from fishing and agriculture to the ability to strike up new trade deals – but what should we do with those new found powers?

Perhaps New Zealand shows the way. They're regularly found at the top of rankings of economic freedom, with an agriculture sector that's thrived under minimal government involvement and a strong reputation for being open to international trade.

We thought we'd bring two of the sharpest New Zealanders we know to the ASI to try and figure out what Britain should do next.

Roger Partridge and Dr Oliver Hartwich both work for the New Zealand Initiative, which is New Zealand's leading think tank.

Roger Partridge serves as Chairman and previously led law firm Bell Gully from 2007 and 2014. He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.

Dr Oliver Hartwich serves as Executive Director. Before joining the New Zealand Initiative, he was Chief Economist at Policy Exchange and an advisor in the House of Lords.

As usual, doors open at 6pm (and not a minute sooner). The talk will begin at 6.30pm and last for around 30 minutes followed by a Q and A. Complimentary Red and White Wine will be served.

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TNG with Toby Young on Education Reform
May
2
6:00 PM18:00

TNG with Toby Young on Education Reform

May's TNG speaker will be the journalist and free school founder Toby Young.

Toby will be talking about the education reform agenda. Toby will discuss whether education reform agenda has been effective and how the agenda can be made more effective. Unlike most journalists, Toby wasn't content to sit on the sidelines and complain. He set up the West London Free School in 2012 and has opened a number of primary schools since. He's currently the Director of the New Schools Network, a charity that assists parents in opening up new free schools.

Toby has written for numerous publications including The Spectator, The Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph. He wrote the best-selling book How to lose friends and alienate people (now a major motion picture), and appeared as a judge on the TV show Top Chef.

He will speak for around ten minutes and will stick around to answer any questions.

The Next Generation is our monthly Under-30s event.

As ever, there will be complimentary red and white wine on offer.

Please don't turn up before 6pm, as we will not be able to let you in. 

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Lecture with Dr Henry Fisher
Apr
20
6:00 PM18:00

Lecture with Dr Henry Fisher

VolteFace Policy Director, Dr Henry Fisher, will be speaking to us on "Altering the State: An innovative drug market needs innovative policy solutions". Henry has a DPhil in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and has worked previously with the Beckley Foundation, a drug policy reform think tank.

The prohibition placed on the drug market since the mid-20th century has led to perverse incentives in the multibillion pound industry, increasing the potency of the drugs available, restricting choice, and leading to the creation of new unknown, untested, and sometimes dangerous new psychoactive substances.

Most government policy changes have built upon prohibition. To move forward, we need to understand what drives those acting in these markets, whether legal or illegal, and create policies that incentivise best practice and innovation that supports wider civil society and public health goals.

This talk is free to attend. To reserve a place please email events@adamsmith.org

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Lecture on 'Robust Political Economy and Structural Inequality' with Prof. Mark Pennington
Mar
28
6:00 PM18:00

Lecture on 'Robust Political Economy and Structural Inequality' with Prof. Mark Pennington

As part of our Practical Liberalism lecture series we're delighted to host Prof. Mark Pennington who will be speaking about his book Robust Political Economy.

Prof. Mark Pennington is Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy at King's College London. Prof. Pennington is also Head of Department in the Department of Political Economy. In Robust Political Economy and Structural Inequality Mark discusses challenges to market liberal theory derived from neo-classical economics, communitarian political theory and egalitarian ethical theory, applying the lessons learned in policy debates on the welfare state, international development, and environmental protection.

Our Practical Liberalism series showcases radical, evidence-based liberal ideas from leading philosophers, economists and politicians.

We're accepting RSVPs via events@adamsmith.org. 

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Lecture with Dr Dwight Lee
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Lecture with Dr Dwight Lee

Dr Dwight Lee will be speaking to us on Adam Smith, morality, and what market advocates are up against.

Dr Lee is a Senior Fellow at SMU Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of California, and has taught at universities around the US, including Washington University, George Mason University and University of Georgia.

As well as being the author of books including Economics in Our Time, Mircroeconomics, and Failure and Progress, Dr Lee has written over 162 scholarly articles and has contributed to 51 books. He has also written hundreds of columns and articles for national and international publications including The Washington Times, Wall Street Journal and Forbes.

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Lecture with John Meadowcroft
Mar
2
6:00 PM18:00

Lecture with John Meadowcroft

As part of our Practical Liberalism series Dr John Meadowcroft will speak to us about his research into the far-right English Defence League.

What can an economist say about the EDL?

Looking at the issue from the perspective of public choice theory, Dr Meadowcroft's research asks how can dissident, far-right groups overcome the collective action problem inherent to political organisation in order to recruit enough activists willing to bear the costs of participation and not free-ride on the participation of others? 

Dr John Meadowcroft is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Director of Postgraduate Research in the Department of Political Economy. He was Head of the Department of Political Economy from January 2013 to August 2014.

Dr Meadowcroft is Series Editor of a multi-volume collection, Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers, published by Continuum (hardback 2009 – 2011; paperback 2013). He serves on the Academic Advisory Council of the Institute of Economic Affairs, on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Routledge book series Annals of Bioethics and on the Editorial Board of Economic Affairs.

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