Posts Tagged ‘speeches

Debate concentrates the mind. It is easy to dismiss opinions you disagree with from the privacy of your own living room. Debating articulate exponents of contrary views is another matter – even more so when the discussion takes place in front of a large audience. I found myself in the position of having to sharpen […]

I will be debating whether emotion or reason dictate the financial markets on the Free Thinking programme on BBC Radio 3 at 10pm this evening (subsequently available on the internet). The event was recorded at the recent City of London festival (see 7 July post).

Given the unpopularity of those who work in financial services it was perhaps appropriate that there was a constant hissing sound in the background. Only this time around the source of the hissing, at least in the main, was a noisy air pump rather than the audience. The venue was the Bowler Hat – a […]

An audio recording of last week’s spiked debate on consumerism, with me on the panel, is now available online. Click here.

I will be participating in a debate on the Global 10 billion – something to celebrate? at the Mantownhuman summer in London at 12.30am on 16 July. The other panelists will be Danny Dorling (a professor of geography at Oxford university) and Philippe Legrain (the author of Immigrants: your country needs them).

I will be participating in a spiked debate on celebrating consumer choice at the Grand Committee Room, Westminster Hall, London on the evening of Monday 23 June. The other panelists are Julian Baggini (philosopher and author), Helen Dickinson (director general of the British Retail Consortium) and Harry Wallop (journalist and broadcaster).

I will be introducing a discussion of Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments at the IoI Economy Forum in London on 25 June. Everyone welcome. This follows on from a discussion of The Wealth of Nations on 27 February.

On Wednesday 9 July I will be taking part in a panel discussion on behavioural finance at the City of London Festival. Frances Hudson (Global Thematic Strategist, Standard Life Investments), Greg Davis (Head of Behavioural and Quantitative Investment Philosophy, Barclays) and I will introduce a discussion on “Does emotion or reason dictate the financial markets?”.

Until I spoke on a panel on technology at a recent event in London I did not appreciate the passions evoked by Bitcoin. For many libertarians Bitcoin, along with other digital currencies, provides a way to exercise freedom by allowing users to circumvent the bureaucratic power of governments and central banks. It does this by […]

The Institute of Ideas’ Economy Forum website has recently been updated to include a recording of my introduction to a discussion of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations. Scroll down to view. There is also a recording of my earlier introduction on neoliberalism.