Dr Yaron Brook on how equality holds you back
Apr
1
6:00 PM18:00

Dr Yaron Brook on how equality holds you back

Please note that we are at full capacity for this event and so unfortunately will not be able to reserve any more places.

We’re told that the gap between the poor and the rich has widened. Many decry the “injustice” of income and wealth inequality. But is it actually a problem and are the proposed remedies truly just? What is a fair “distribution” of income and wealth?

Dr Yaron Brook, chairman of the board of the Ayn Rand Institute, will speak about why inequality doesn't matter.

And no, this is not an April Fool’s Joke.

Yaron will argue that a genuinely laissez-faire capitalist society is, in fact, the only system that delivers fairness and justice.

Yaron Brook is chairman of the board of the Ayn Rand Institute. He can be heard weekly on The Yaron Brook Show, which airs live on the BlogTalkRadio podcast. He is also a frequent guest on national radio and television programs in the United States and across the world.

An internationally sought-after speaker and debater, Brook is also the author of multiple books including Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand's Ideas Can End Big Government, Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea and Equal Is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality.

He was a columnist at Forbes.com, and his articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily and many other publications. Brook serves on the boards of the Ayn Rand Institute, the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism, and CEHE (Center for Excellence in Higher Education), he is a member of the Association of Private Enterprise Education and the Mont Pelerin Society.

To request a place, please email events@adamsmith.org. We open doors at 6pm and the talk itself will begin at 6.30pm, with a Q&A session taking place after the lecture at approximately 7:15pm.

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April TNG — Dr Kristian Niemietz
Apr
2
6:00 AM06:00

April TNG — Dr Kristian Niemietz

Folks at the Adam Smith Institute are always keen for polite conversation. This is why for our April TNG event we are talking about...socialism! Who better to speak on the topic than Dr Kristian Niemietz, IEA's Head of Political Economy and Fellow of the Age Endeavour Fellowship.

Dr Niemietz has recently published ‘Socialism: The failed idea that never dies. While socialists distance themselves from contemporary and historical examples of socialism, they usually struggle to explain what exactly they would do differently. Kristian explores the history of socialist apologism and analyses how current aspirations (for example, ‘democratising the economy’) are nothing new.  

He previously worked as a Research Fellow at the Berlin-based Institute for Free Enterprise (IUF) and at King's College London, where he taught Economics throughout his postgraduate studies. He is a regular contributor to various journals in the UK, Germany and Switzerland.

If you haven’t been to one of these events before….

The Next Generation events (or TNGs as we like to call them) are aimed at creating a network of young people interested in ideas that are shaping our world. They’ve been going for as long as the ASI has, and have been attended by people who went on to become Cabinet Ministers, Prime Ministers, Editors, and CEOs. (More importantly, the Tory and Labour spinner who dated on The Thick of It met at a TNG, according to an old BBC backstory document.) So whatever your politics, come along - we just like interesting ideas and we hope you do to. It’s under 30s, it’s informal and we normally end up at the Marquis of Granby.

Housekeeping:

Date: Tuesday, April 2nd

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (don’t come before 6pm - we won’t let you in! Even if it’s raining… our house, our rules)

Place: 23 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3DJ

Please RSVP to events@adamsmith.org to confirm your place. It is invitation only, but if you would like to request a plus one, please do let us know.


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Freedom's Fighters with Lord Nigel Lawson
Apr
3
6:00 PM18:00

Freedom's Fighters with Lord Nigel Lawson

The Adam Smith Institute is pleased to welcome The Rt Hon. the Lord Lawson of Blaby to speak at our next Freedom’s Fighters session on Wednesday 3rd April. Nigel Lawson served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the cabinet of Margaret Thatcher, aiming to cut a tax in every budget. His tax cuts resulted in the "Lawson Boom" of the British economy, which halved unemployment by the end of 1989. Lawson was a key proponent of Thatcher's policies of privatisation of several key industries. He is still active in politics as President of Conservatives for Britain and a supporter of the group Leave Means Leave.

Doors at the Adam Smith Institute open at 6pm, with networking drinks until 6.30pm when Adam Smith Institute President, Dr Pirie and Lord Lawson will begin the interview, finishing at 7pm. While there is no formal Q&A there is an opportunity to ask questions after the event. Carriages at 7.30pm.

Freedom’s Fighters are one of our smaller events, with just 24 guests. If you would like to RSVP please do so by emailing events@adamsmith.org.

If you aren’t able to attend we’ll be filming the event and publishing these on our facebook and youtube pages. You can find our last one, with David Davis below (and links here to our talks with Daniel Hannan MEP, Guido Fawkes founder Paul Staines, economist Ruth Lea, and the IEA’s Mark Littlewood).  

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Professor Robert Sugden on the problems with ‘nudging’
Apr
17
6:00 PM18:00

Professor Robert Sugden on the problems with ‘nudging’

Professor Robert Sugden, Professor of Economics at the University of East Anglia, will speak about his latest book—The Community of Advantage—in which he argues against paternalism in behavioural economics.

In their book Nudge, University of Chicago economist Richard Thaler and the Harvard legal scholar Cass Sunstein propose the so-called ‘libertarian paternalism’ approach to public policy-making, that has become widely popular among many policymakers and academics. The central idea is that people are prone to make mistakes in their behaviour, and that it is the job of governments to anticipate these mistakes and to guide (or ‘nudge’) citizens towards choices that are in accord with their ‘true’ preferences.

This argument runs counter to a long-standing tradition of liberal, anti-paternalistic ideas in economics. There is a growing tendency for behavioural economics to be presented as challenging, not merely the assumption that behaviour is ‘rational’, but this whole tradition of liberal economics. It presents a new justification for government intervention in people’s lives.

Robert Sugden has been a behavioural economist since the pioneering days of the 1980s. But, for even longer than that, he has been an opponent of paternalism in economics. Over the last decade, he has written a series of academic papers arguing for a different understanding of the implications of behavioural economics. He has now brought these arguments together in his new book, The Community of Advantage: A Behavioural Economist’s Defence of the Market (2018).

He is well known for his work in economic theory, the methodology of economics, and philosophy of economics. He also is the author of The Economics of Rights, Cooperation and Welfare (second edition 2004), Experimental Economics: Re-thinking the Rules (with co-authors, 2009), and many papers in leading journals of economics and philosophy.

To request a place, please email events@adamsmith.org. We open doors at 6pm and the talk itself will begin at 6.30pm, with a Q&A session taking place after the lecture at approximately 7:15pm.

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Adam Smith Lecture 2019 with Professor Steven Pinker
Mar
21
12:15 PM12:15

Adam Smith Lecture 2019 with Professor Steven Pinker

  • The Cholmondeley Room and Terrace at Parliament (map)
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Our annual Adam Smith Lecture showcases pre-eminent modern thinkers who continue to advance the ideas of Adam Smith.

This year’s speaker, Harvard University Professor and best selling author Steven Pinker, will be speaking on “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.” The talk will be based on his acclaimed 2018 book of the same name, described by Microsoft founder Bill Gates as his “new favourite book of all time.”

Pinker will argue that, despite fear-mongering and political upheaval, the world is getting better: peace, prosperity, knowledge, and happiness are all on the rise. He will make the case for reason, science, and humanism. These Enlightenment ideals, in the face of tribalism, authoritarianism, and other modern dangers to democracy, are worth celebrating—and protecting.

Pinker is an experimental psychologist who conducts research in visual cognition, psycholinguistics, and social relations. Currently Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard, he has also taught at Stanford and MIT. He has won numerous prizes for his research, his teaching, and his ten books, including The Blank Slate and The Better Angels of Our Nature. He is also an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, a Humanist of the Year, a recipient of nine honorary doctorates, and one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today.”

Following the lecture, we will be holding a panel discussion and Q&A on the opportunities and challenges facing the United Kingdom in the future, chaired by myself. Professor Pinker will be joined on the panel by Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP and the Viscount Ridley.

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

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Australia-UK drinks with Australian Liberals Abroad and Julia Lopez MP
Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

Australia-UK drinks with Australian Liberals Abroad and Julia Lopez MP

On Wednesday 13th March 7pm-8.30pm, the ASI will be throwing open its doors for Australia-UK drinks with Australian Liberals Abroad.

We'll be joined by British Parliamentarian Julia Lopez MP as she celebrates the Australia-Britain relationship. Julia will be speaking about Australia-UK relations especially in terms of trade in the context of Brexit.

Please join us over a glass (or two!) of wine by emailing us at events@adamsmith.org to confirm your place.

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Freedom's Fighters with David Davis MP
Mar
6
6:00 PM18:00

Freedom's Fighters with David Davis MP

The Adam Smith Institute is delighted to welcome David Davis as the latest guest speaker for out next Freedom’s Fighters session on Wednesday 6th of March. He has undertaken various roles such as Conservative Party Chairman, Shadow Secretary of State for the Office of Deputy Prime Minister and more recently, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. David has campaigned extensively for freedom and even famously resigned in protest to civil rights violations. He has participated in the Convention on Modern Liberty and Big Brother Watch, helping to bolster cross-party support for freedom.

Doors at the Adam Smith Institute open at 6pm, with networking drinks until 6.30pm when Adam Smith Institute President, Dr Pirie and David Davis will begin the interview, finishing at 7pm. While there is no formal Q&A there is an opportunity to ask David questions after the event. Carriages at 7.30pm.

Freedom’s Fighters are one of our smaller events, with just 24 guests. If you would like to RSVP please do so by emailing events@adamsmith.org.

If you aren’t able to attend we’ll be filming the event and publishing these on our facebook and youtube pages. You can find our last one, with the wise and wonderful Linda Whetstone below (and links here to our talks with Daniel Hannan MEP, Guido Fawkes founder Paul Staines, economist Ruth Lea, and the IEA’s Mark Littlewood).  

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March TNG — Venezuela
Mar
5
6:00 PM18:00

March TNG — Venezuela

The Adam Smith Institute will fling its doors wide open once again on 5th March, welcoming hacks, bag carriers, students, spinners, City slickers and other fellow wonks into our Westminster offices to enjoy a political discussion over a few glasses of wine.

Last month’s drinks were a roaring success with Andrew Doyle explaining why it’s never been more important to speak out and defend free speech.

This month we’re talking about the crisis in Venezuela and how the UK can, has, and should help. Maduro’s regime has pushed the country to the brink of collapse and the people left in the stricken state are suffering. Hear from Venezuelans in the UK who resent support for the dictatorship and want to see democracy, and prosperity, return to the country after socialism’s latest failure.

A bit more about these meetings:

The Next Generation events (or TNGs as we like to call them) are aimed at creating a network of young people interested in ideas that are shaping our world. They’ve been going for as long as the ASI has, and have been attended by people who went on to become Cabinet Ministers, Prime Ministers, Editors, and CEOs. The Tory and Labour spinner who dated on The Thick of It met at a TNG, according to an old BBC backstory document. So whatever your politics, we just like interesting ideas and we hope you do too. It’s for under 30s, it’s informal and we normally end up at the Marquis of Granby for those of you who just want to turn up for the non-free boozing in the pub. But why would you not want to join us for the entirety of the Bacchanalia?!


Housekeeping:

Date: Tuesday, March 5th

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (don’t come before 6pm - we won’t let you in! Even if it’s raining… our house, our rules)

Place: 23 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3DJ

Please RSVP to confirm your place. It is invitation only, but if you would like to request a plus one, please do let us know.


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Freedom's Fighters with Linda Whetstone
Feb
6
6:00 PM18:00

Freedom's Fighters with Linda Whetstone

We are pleased to announce that our guest this time is Linda Whetstone. Linda is Chairman of the Atlas Network, an international association of free-market think tanks, and of Network for a Free Society. She is a member of the board of the Institute of Economic Affairs and has been a board member of the Mont Pelerin Society. She runs a small business in Sussex with her husband and writes on agricultural, trade, and development issues. She is also the daughter of Sir Antony Fisher, who founded the IEA.

Doors at the Adam Smith Institute open at 6pm, with drinks until 6.30pm when Dr Madsen Pirie, Adam Smith Institute President, and Linda Whetstone will begin the interview. The interview finishes sharp at 7pm. While there is no formal Q&A there is an opportunity to ask Linda questions after the event. Carriages at 7.30pm.

Freedom’s Fighters are one of our smaller events, with just 24 guests. If you would like to RSVP please do so by emailing events@adamsmith.org.


If you aren’t able to attend we’ll be filming the event and publishing these on our facebook and youtube pages. You can find our last one, with our blog maestro and Senior Fellow Tim Worstall  below (and links here to our talks withDaniel Hannan MEP, Guido Fawkes founderPaul Staines, economistRuth Lea, and the IEA’sMark Littlewood).

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February TNG with Andrew Doyle
Feb
5
6:00 PM18:00

February TNG with Andrew Doyle

It’s approaching that time again where here at the Adam Smith Institute we invite someone interesting to deliver a short speech on pretty much anything! In the past we’ve had Owen Jones, Tim Shipman, Kemi Badenoch to name a few…

This month we welcome Andrew Doyle (@andrewdoyle_com)—a writer and comedian. He is the co-writer of internet sensation Jonathan Pie, the spoof news reporter created by Tom Walker, and co-founder of a new comedy night in London for free-thinking acts called Comedy Unleashed.

Andrew regularly appears on Sky News to comment on politics and current affairs. He is also a columnist for Spiked online magazine.  

He will be discussing the importance of free speech in comedy and reflecting on some of his own experiences in this area.

If you haven’t been to one of these events before….

The Next Generation events (or TNGs as we like to call them) are aimed at creating a network of young people interested in ideas that are shaping our world. They’ve been going for as long as the ASI has, and have been attended by people who went on to become Cabinet Ministers, Prime Ministers, Editors, and CEOs. (More importantly, the Tory and Labour spinner who dated on The Thick of It met at a TNG, according to an old BBC backstory document.) So whatever your politics, come along - we just like interesting ideas and we hope you do to. It’s under 30s, it’s informal and we normally end up at the Marquis of Granby.

Housekeeping:

Date: Tuesday, February 5th

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (don’t come before 6pm - we won’t let you in! Even if it’s raining… our house, our rules)

Place: 23 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3DJ

Please RSVP to confirm your place. It is invitation only, but if you would like to request a plus one, please do let us know.

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The ASI presents Forum 2018
Dec
8
9:00 AM09:00

The ASI presents Forum 2018

The Adam Smith Institute presents 'Forum 2018'

To purchase a ticket, please visit our Eventbrite page here.

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 third Forum. Last year’s event attracted around 300 attendees, and this year we’re aiming to make Forum even bigger. We're bringing together leading academics 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 Professor David Nutt, Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London and former government chief drugs adviser, challenging our failed approach to drug policy, Mosa Meat's Jonathan Breemhaar giving us the low-down on lab grown meat, the LSE's Professor Paul Cheshire exploring solutions to the housing crisis, and Effective Giving's Founder Natalie Cargill explaining the importance of effective altruism.

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 have our Forum bookstore which will be selling the speakers' latest publications!

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.

Speakers:

Professor Bobby Duffy (Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Policy Institute, King's College London) on ‘The Perils of Perception

Professor Paul Cheshire (Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography, London School of Economics) on ‘Housing Crisis? Tennis Still Aces Golf

Helen Pluckrose (Editor of Areo digital magazine) on ‘The Epistemology of Grievance Studies’

Michael Story (Managing Director of Good Judgement Inc.) on ‘How To See The Future, Better’

Professor David Nutt (Edmond J. Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology, Imperial College London) on ‘Time to make peace with drugs

Dr. Roger Henderson (GP and columnist for the Spectator) on 'E-cigarettes; kill or cure?'

Natalie Cargill (Founder & Executive Director of Effective Giving UK) on 'Why are we ignoring the worst moral problems of our time?'

Jonathan Breemhaar (Mechanical Engineer, Mosa Meat) on 'The Future of Meat'

Daniel Pryor (Head of Programmes, Adam Smith Institute) on 'How should we regulate sex work?'

Professor Jonathan Portes (Professor of Economics and Public Policy, King's College London) on ‘The Economics of Immigration’

Dr Anton Howes (Historian in Residence at the Royal Society of Arts) on 'How to be a Great Reformer: Lessons from the Victorians'

Andrew Lilico (Executive Director and Principal of Europe Economics) on ‘The Case for CANZUK’

Matt Kilcoyne (Head of Communications, Adam Smith Institute) on ‘Hopes and Fears’

Where?

The Comedy Store, 1a Oxendon St, London SW1Y 4EE

The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines)

When?

9.00am to 5pm, Saturday December 8th 2018

Schedule

Registration for Forum will begin at 8.45am at the entrance of The Comedy Store (downstairs once you've entered the building). We are aiming to have everyone seated 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

There will be two tea and coffee breaks served in The Comedy Store itself. We will also have a longer lunch break. The area surrounding The Comedy Store is full of amazing places to eat and attendees are expected to make their own lunch arrangements.

Q&As

At the end of each session we'll be running a Q & A session with the speakers on stage at a time. 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 The Comedy Store, the password will be given out on the day.

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 break (not provided)
13:20-15:00: Session Three + Q & A
15:00-15:20: Break for tea and coffee
15:20-16:40: Session Four + Q & A
16:40-17:00: 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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Ayn Rand Lecture 2018 with Dr Michael Kauffman
Nov
14
6:00 PM18:00

Ayn Rand Lecture 2018 with Dr Michael Kauffman

On Wednesday 14th November, we will be honouring Ayn Rand and her ideas with a special guest lecture at the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Hall.

Dr Michael Kauffman, CEO of Karyopharm Therapeutics and an Objectivist, will be giving our annual Ayn Rand Lecture on "Reason, Purpose, Self-Esteem: Bringing Lifesaving Drugs to Humankind".

Dr Kauffman has enjoyed a long and successful career in the pharmaceutical industry, where he continues to play a key role in developing life-saving drugs. His current work with Karyopharm involves developing novel oral anti-cancer drugs for multiple tumours. Its first product, selinexor, is in late-stage clinical testing in blood cancers.

Schedule:

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

Dress code: Smart (lounge suits/business wear)

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

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November TNG with Emma Sayle
Nov
6
6:00 PM18:00

November TNG with Emma Sayle

The Adam Smith Institute will fling its doors wide open once again on 6th November, welcoming hacks, bag carriers, students, spinners, City slickers and other fellow wonks into our Westminster offices to enjoy a political discussion over a few glasses of wine.

Last month’s drinks were a roaring success: Paul North’s talk on cannabis got the green light from attendees and we made it into the London Playbook.

This month we’re talking about sex. Emma Sayle, founder of Killing Kittens, will be discussing how female sexual liberation is only possible in a free market economy.

A bit more about these meetings:

The Next Generation events (or TNGs as we like to call them) are aimed at creating a network of young people interested in ideas that are shaping our world. They’ve been going for as long as the ASI has, and have been attended by people who went on to become Cabinet Ministers, Prime Ministers, Editors, and CEOs. The Tory and Labour spinner who dated on The Thick of It met at a TNG, according to an old BBC backstory document. So whatever your politics, we just like interesting ideas and we hope you do to. It’s under 30s, it’s informal and we normally end up at the Marquis of Granby for those of you who just want to turn up for the non-free boozing in the pub. But why would you not want to join us for the entirety of the Bacchanalia?!


Housekeeping:

Date: Tuesday, November 6th

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (don’t come before 6pm - we won’t let you in! Even if it’s raining… our house, our rules)

Place: 23 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3DJ

Please RSVP to confirm your place. It is invitation only, but if you would like to request a plus one, please do let us know.


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Freedom's Fighters with Tim Worstall
Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

Freedom's Fighters with Tim Worstall

This Wednesday 17th October 6-7pm we are delighted to host the next in our series of Freedom’s Fighters with our blog maestro and Senior Fellow Tim Worstall. The sessions are informal and exclusive and are opportunities to host discussions with key individuals promoting liberty within the United Kingdom.

Tim is a Senior Fellow at the Adam Smith Institute and has written for a multitude of publishers, including The Guardian, CapX, The Times and The Wall Street Journal. He writes on the subjects of environmentalism and economics, particularly corporate tax; in 2010 his blog was listed as one of the top 100 UK political blogs by Total Politics. He currently runs Continental Telegraph.

We would be delighted to see dedicated and loyal blog readers at the event. Freedom’s Fighters are one of our smaller events, with just 24 guests. I know a great many of you will be interested in attending and as a blog reader we’d be delighted if you’d apply to join us. We would request you to do so by emailing events@adamsmith.org.

If you aren’t able to attend we’ll be filming the event and publishing these on our facebook and youtube pages. You can find our last one, with political strategist and former Vote Leave Chief Executive Matthew Elliot below (and links here to ours talks with Daniel Hannan MEP, Guido Fawkes founder Paul Staines, economist Ruth Lea, and the IEA’s Mark Littlewood).

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October TNG with Paul North
Oct
9
6:00 PM18:00

October TNG with Paul North

On the first Tuesday of every month, the Adam Smith Institute welcomes hacks, bag carriers, students and City slickers into our Westminster offices to enjoy a political discussion over a few glasses of wine. From Owen Jones to Jacob Rees-Mogg, our speakers engage and challenge our attendees.

This month we’re talking about drugs. Specifically the twelve days this year that changed the law surrounding medical cannabis. Paul North from Volteface—the think-tank that played the leading role in getting medical cannabis legalised—is speaking on Tuesday 9th October and we'd love to see you there.

Paul, who is Head of Communications at Volteface, will discuss the events surrounding the medical cannabis decision (centred on the case of twelve-year-old Billy Caldwell and his mum’s fight to secure vital epilepsy medication). Paul is well-placed to give insight into what really went on behind the scenes during the twelve days that changed the law, explain what the government is currently doing on medical cannabis, and cover the work that still needs to be done.

A bit more about these meetings:

The Next Generation events (or TNGs as we like to call them) are aimed at creating a network of young people interested in ideas that are shaping our world. They’ve been going for as long as the ASI has, and have been attended by people who went on to become Cabinet Ministers, Prime Ministers, Editors, and CEOs. They are not party political, and you don’t need to be a die hard neoliberal, you just need to be interested in new ideas. The crowd is young; under 30s in order to maintain the pint* and politics vibe.

Housekeeping:

Date: Tuesday, October 9th

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (don’t come before 6pm - we won’t let you in! Even if it’s raining…)

Where: 23 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3DJ

Please RSVP to confirm your place. It is invitation only, but if you would like to request a plus one, please do get in touch by emailing events@adamsmith.org.

*We actually only serve wine. In wine glasses. And it’s free.

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Rebooting Consumer Capitalism
Oct
2
4:00 PM16:00

Rebooting Consumer Capitalism

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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

We’re partnering with Octopus for a session on rebooting consumer capitalism. There is growing public sentiment that the retail energy market isn't working, water firms aren't delivering, rail franchising is failing, and broadband availability is too low. These industries affect nearly everyone in their daily lives. Competition should be at the heart of any solution. Streamlining the sector regulators could minimise producer capture, cut bureaucracy and simplify regulations. The innovation spurred on by Open Banking could spread to other sectors if consumers are given more power over their data. Various reforms to the rail franchise system can promote a greater role for on-track competition, delivering on the promises of choice and better service.

We will discuss the most effective reforms that could restore the public’s trust in these vital sectors, and consumer capitalism at large. Chaired by our Head of Research Sam Dumitriu, speakers include John Penrose MP, Chris Hulatt of Octopus, Bim Afolami MP, Fingleton Associates’ Eleanor Mack, and Oliver Wiseman (Editor of CapX).

We're hosting it inside the Secure Zone (so you'll need a conference pass) in Executive Room 8 of the ICC. The event's free to attend, no need to RSVP, just turn up at 4pm.

To find out more about Octopus, please visit https://octopusgroup.com and use their Twitter handle during the event (@OisforOctopus) here.

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1 Million Years of Life: How Harm Reduction in Tobacco Policy Can Save Lives
Oct
2
4:00 PM16:00

1 Million Years of Life: How Harm Reduction in Tobacco Policy Can Save Lives

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

Our vaping panel focuses on Britain’s e-cigarette revolution and how we can save over one million years of life with the right policy reforms. Vaping is at least 95% safer according to Public Health England, and current evidence suggests that it doesn’t act as a gateway to smoking. But reduced-risk nicotine products could be even better. Whatever your view of Brexit, it presents us with an opportunity to become a world-leader in liberalizing e-cigarette and reduced-risk tobacco products regulation.

Right now, the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive limits choice, drives up costs, and severely restricts the ability of vaping companies to advertise their products. Current advertising restrictions are especially harmful: many smokers simply haven’t been exposed to what vaping actually is, or readily accept the myths that surround it. Plain packaging rules prevent firms from inserting information on switching to less harmful products into cigarette packets. All of this is up for debate and has the potential to be changed. At Party Conference, we would therefore aim to discuss the arguments for taking a liberal regulatory approach to e-cigarettes and reduced-risk products for the sake of public health, as well as consumer choice. Confirmed speakers include Martin Cullip of the New Nicotine Alliance, UKVIA’s John Dunne, the ASI’s Daniel Pryor (author of our recent “One Million Lives” report) and Ems Barr of the Centre for Policy Studies (chair).

Don’t miss this! We're hosting it inside the Secure Zone (so you'll need a conference pass) in the Soprano room of the Hyatt Regency Birmingham. The event's free to attend, no need to RSVP, just turn up at 4pm.

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Cannabis: Lessons from Abroad
Sep
30
4:00 PM16:00

Cannabis: Lessons from Abroad

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

What lessons can the UK can learn from abroad on reforming our approach to cannabis? With the coming legalisation of medical cannabis following public outcry over the plight of children being denied access to life-changing treatment, Canada legalising recreational cannabis, and increasing calls for the UK to follow suit, we’ll be examining the arguments for parting ways with prohibition that international experience provides.

The UK’s prohibition of cannabis jeopardises children’s safety, encourages gang violence and leaves millions in the dark about what they’re taking. This approach has failed and the public know it. More Britons support a legal, regulated cannabis market than oppose it. We will ensure evidence, not hyperbole, guides the debate around recreational and medical cannabis legalisation. Chaired by our resident vice expert Daniel Pryor, our speakers are George Freeman MP, Crispin Blunt MP, VolteFace’s Paul North and Hanway Associates’ George McBride.

It's sure to be an interesting 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 Executive Room 2 of the ICC. The event's free to attend, no need to RSVP, just turn up at 4pm.

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Dr. Lynne Kiesling on the future of energy
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Dr. Lynne Kiesling on the future of energy

Dr. Lynne Kiesling, Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Purdue University, will speak about the future of the electricity market in the UK.

Her new working paper, From Airbnb to Solar, focuses on what falling transaction costs and platform business models mean for the future of the electricity market. She is also the author of the 2015 Adam Smith Institute paper Power Up: The framework for a new era of UK energy distribution.

Dr. Kiesling's research in transactive energy uses transaction cost economics to examine regulation, market design, and technology in the development of retail markets, products and services and the economics of smart grid technologies in the electricity industry. In addition to her publication activity, she has served as a peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation, and for academic journals including Energy Journal, Public Choice, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Energy Policy.

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

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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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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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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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