April events

Dates for your diary:

10th April 7pm- The Westminster Village Pub Quiz– The Freedom Association’s monthly event at the Old Star pub. Max 5 per team,  £2 to enter and each member of the winning team will receive a bottle of Freedom Lager!

18th April- The Euro ‘end game’?– The IEA and Bloomberg host a lunch and panel discussion at  whether this crisis can be resolved and if so how. Speakers include:

Constantin Cotzias – Director, Bloomberg Europe. Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs.

Mark Littlewood, Director General, Institute of Economic Affairs (Chair)

Roger Bootle, Managing Director, Capital Economics

John Chown, International Tax Advisor, Chown Dewhurst LLP

Matthew Hancock MP

Patrick Minford, Professor of Applied Economics, Cardiff University Business School

24th April 7pm- Freedom in Westminster with Robert Halfon– Another FTA event at the Old Star, The MP for Harlow will be discussing the recently launched Right Angle, a new grassroots website, the first campaign of which  is entitled ‘Hands Off Our First £10,000’ Secondly he will speak about his recent pamphlet for Demos, entitled ‘Stop the Union Bashing’. In this he argues that Conservatives need to engage with Unions and end the perception that “Tories despise union folk.”

25th April- ISOS April 2012– A one day seminar for sixth-formers, Speakers Dr Tim Evans, Dr Madsen Pirie, Chris Snowdon, Tony Gilland & Jamie Whyte will be discussing topics such as:

  • The morality of markets
  • Economics for real people
  • Prohibition and its discontents
  • The right to be offensive
  • Is the government’s role to make people happy?

For more information and to RSVP follow the links. Please also share any other events that may be of interest in the comments.

IEA event: How China Became Capitalist

In my inbox today:

How China Became Capitalist

26 April 2012, 6.30pm
IEA, 2 Lord North Street, London, SW1 (door on Great Peter Street)

How did China become capitalist, and will she remain so?

The growth of a form of capitalism in China is one of the major economic events of the post-war period. Even though incomes are low by western standards, given the size of the Chinese population the country is now a major economic power. Few envisaged this happening a generation ago. China’s future development now has important implications for the economic prospects of the West.

The IEA has just co-published a book, co-authored by Nobel Laureate Professor Ronald Coase and Ning Wang, that traces how China became capitalist. The results of their research leads to some new – and perhaps surprising – insights. Perhaps the most important aspect of their work, however, is their conclusion that intellectual freedom will be a key ingredient in ensuring that China remains capitalist.

This panel discussion will examine the history of and prospects for China in the context of the work of Professor Coase and Ning Wang. It will begin by a video on the book presented by Professor Coase.

Speakers on the panel include:

Bill Emmott, International Author & Adviser

Adrian Wooldridge, Management Editor and Schumpeter Columnist, The Economist

Unfortunatly I will be unable to attend as I will be somewhere over the pacific (en route to Hong Kong, ironically)

February events

I fear I have been letting the side down recently, for various reasons I haven’t posted much here lately. To make amends here’s a quick update on some events coming up this month that may be of interest.

Tuesday 7th (Tomorrow!): The Adam Smith Institute are having their monthly Next Generation event entitled ‘Will 2012 see the death of freedom and privacy online in Britain’ at the St Stephens club. Nick Pickles of Big Brother Watch will be speaking.

Wednesday 8th: The IEA has a talk at their office in Lord North street entitled Should we abolish the DCMS? (short answer: YES!)

Monday 20th: More Sex is Safer Sex – and Other Surprises from Economic Theory– another ASI event, a talk by author Steven Landsburg

Saturday 11th: a big one- a Rally to defend free expression to be held in Old Palace Yard (opposite the House of Lords, where RAD was),

Tuesday 21st: the Freedom Associations monthly Free Spirits event, with special guest Ruth Porter of the IEA.

Please let us know if there are other events going on that may be of interest.

IEA event: In Conversation with Rt Hon David Laws MP

Another event next week that might be of interest (though it clashes with the ASI’s talk by Detlev Schlichter):

The Institute of Economic Affairs is delighted to be hosting this special evening event where Mark Littlewood, Director General of the IEA, will quiz the Rt Hon David Laws MP face-to-face on issues ranging from the future of the Liberal Democrat Party, to the state of the British economy. He will also pose some of your questions.

Time: Tuesday 22 November, 6.30pm
Venue: IEA, 2 Lord North Street, Westminster, SW1P 3LB

David Laws was Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 2002. He was re-elected in 2005 with a much increased majority, and was Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. In 2007 he was Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families. He was Chief Secretary to the Treasury in 2010. He is currently a member of the Joint Committee on the Draft Financial Services Bill 2011.

If you would like to put a question around the topics of free markets and liberalism to David Laws, then please email it to: kpainter@iea.org.uk. If your question is chosen, you will be able to pose it directly to David Laws on the night (and he will not be given the questions in advance).

RSVP (acceptances only) by email to iea@iea.org.uk or phone 020 7799 8900.

TFA Christmas pub quiz- 06/12/11

As usual the Freedom Association have a number of interesting events coming up, but this one in particular caught my eye:

We have something special for you on the 6th December… Come and join us for the usual drinking and (relatively) light-hearted competition for The Freedom Association’s Christmas pub quiz. With a variety of different themed rounds, come and test your general knowledge (or ignorance!) against some like-minded libertarians!

Some food will be provided for each team, and there will be extra special prizes this month… That’s not all, we also have some very special guest quiz masters for you…Hosting rounds will be: Harry Cole, Mark Wallace, Raheem Kassam, Jonathan Isaby and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP.

There will be plenty of decorations to get you in the Christmas mood. Christmas fancy dress and attire is strongly encouraged.The quiz will start around 7.30pm, although feel free to join us for drinks earlier on. Teams can be a maximum of five people. Spaces are strictly limited so please make sure you register here. Tickets are charged at £5 which will be payable on the night.

To register, please go to: http://tfachristmaspubquiz.eventbrite.co.uk/

Please let us know if you are interested in attending ASAP and we might be able to put a LH team together!

Detlev Schlichter on “Paper Money Collapse”

An upcomming event hosted by the Adam Smith Institute:

Detlev S. Schlichter will talk about his book “Paper Money Collapse”:

All paper money systems in history have ended in failure. Either they collapsed in chaos, or society returned to commodity money before that could happen.

Drawing upon novel new research, Paper Money Collapse conclusively illustrates why paper money systems—those based on an elastic and constantly expanding supply of money as opposed to a system of commodity money of essentially fixed supply—are inherently unstable and why they must lead to economic disintegration.

Paper Money Collapse shows that the present cirsis is the unavoidable result of elastic money; and that the continuous money production to stimulate the economy could lead to a complete collapse of the monetary system.

Detlev Schlichter is a writer and Austrian School economist who has spent nearly twenty years working in international finance, including for Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan, and Wester Asset Management.

Drinks provided

Date: Tuesday 22nd November 2011
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Church House, Convocation Hall, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BL


Please check out their events page for some other interesting events comming up in the next few weeks

Upcomming Event: The Battle of Ideas

Two days of debates organised by the Institute of Ideas and hosted by the Royal College of Arts. Some topics that might be of interest include:

Ferraris for All: in defence of economic progress and Cowardly Capitalism

Can social democracy survive the 21st century?
Is big business ruining food?
Interns or slave labour?
And many more. The debates take place over the weekend of 29-30th October, check out the programme for full details