ASI: A Celebration of Milton Friedman

This ASI event on Monday, subtitled “Three steps towards a freer world” offers an opportunity to catchup on your Freidman. I haven’t heard the others speak but Dr Butler is entertaining.

Peter Lilley MP, former Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, will speak on the case for the legalisation of cannabis.
Dr Adam Martin, lecturer in Political Economy at King’s College London, will speak on the case for free trade.
Dr Eamonn Butler, Director of the Adam Smith Institute, will speak on Milton Friedman’s proposal for a Negative Income Tax.

Doors will open at 6:00pm for a drinks reception, with the panel starting their speeches at 6:30pm sharp.

Why Hayek matters

Friedrich Hayek portraitThis Wednesday 26 September at the St Stephens Club:

Dr Eamonn Butler talks to the Adam Smith Institute about the relevance of the ideas of Friedrich Hayek to understanding contemporary economic issues.

Dr Butler also seems likely to talk about his book “Friedrich Hayek”, which will be on sale.

Many of you will be all over Hayek already, but for those that aren’t this seems like a great place to start.

Full details available at the ASI.

The Ayn Rand Lecture: The Long-term Consequences of the Financial Crisis

The ASI’s Ayn Rand Lecture will be presented by John Allison and will examine the “Long-term Consequences of the Financial Crisis”:

John Allison held [his position at BB&T] during the height of the financial crisis and his banking principles are largely seen as the reason behind his bank’s relative success during the financial crisis.

Therefore his experience has given him great insight into our tumultuous financial landscape and the ongoing economic downturn. His lecture will address the long-term consequences of public policy decisions made during the crisis, and will outline a fundamentally different set of solutions to our economic challenges.

Mr Allison is a strong proponent of Ayn Rand’s Objectivist philosophy, and his lecture will also explore the profound philosophic causes of and cures for the economic problems we face today.

If you’re still undecided, or would like to learn more about Mr Allison there are a couple of opportunities to see him speaking online already. His 2009 lecture on the causes and possible cures for the financial crisis (86 mins) is perhaps most relevant, though the quality is poor.

Another option, is this 68 minute lecture that applies Objectivist philosophy – a much broader and more personal set of ideas than just the politics – to the problem of leadership in business. As the ASI mentioned, Allison knows a thing or two about this. He won awards for his spell as CEO of Branch Banking & Trust which made him a millionaire nearly 8 times over.

The lecture will take place at Drapers’ Hall, Throgmorton Street, London, EC2N 2AN Thursday 21 June 2012 with doors opening at 6.15pm.


ASI Event: Free Market Fairness

The ASI is hosting a launch/talk for the book “Free Market Fairness”:

in which he argues that libertarians can and should care about social justice. […] Provocative and vigorously argued, Free Market Fairness offers a bold new way of thinking about politics, economics, and justice–one that will challenge readers on both the left and right.

Any serious and well trained political activist should know that libertarians (indeed, even selfish Objectivists) should and do care deeply about suffering and injustice, making Professor Tomasi’s point seem a little weird. Perhaps he’s trolling? I think we should find out! Unfortunatley this event conflicts with the “Open Mic” night at the Rose and Crown which offers good beer and the opportunity to tell fellow libertarians what you think and what you think we should do about it. I’ll forgive you whatever you decide.

This makes the date the Thursday 3 May, and it kicks off only slightly earlier at 06:30pm – 08:30pm.

ASI require your RSVP and are at  23 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BL