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Review of ‘Think Tank’ and the work of the Adam Smith Institute


Brian Micklethwait has published on Samizdata a lengthy review of ‘Think Tank,’ the book about the ASI, and about the work of the Institute itself.  He clearly enjoyed tales of the early history of the ASI, a hand-to-mouth existence threatened by bailiffs and bank managers.  He likes, too, the enthusiasm we bring to the task of developing sound policies that can appeal to politicians.  Most of all Brian seems to like our youth outreach programme, done through talks to schools and universities, the monthly receptions of The Next Generation group, the twice-yearly Independent Seminar on the Open Society, and our programme of getting sound books into the hands of teachers, students and school libraries.  Brian writes:

“Yet throughout this time, the ASI has probably done more to spread libertarian and free market ideas among students than anyone else, and I don’t just mean among students in Britain. By connecting the freedom message to the world of politics, and I do mean the world, they have kept the basic message interesting, fresh, newsworthy, relevant.”

High praise indeed.  I rather think that it must also be obvious to outsiders that the young people who associate with the ASI are not only very intelligent and motivated, but they have a lot of fun, too.  Long may it continue!



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