Sex, Drugs & Rock n Roll (chewing gum too)

There are many things that we know are bad for our health, from deep fried food to the innocuous lollipop. We consume these things day in and day out unregulated. In fact, the Prime Minister in his National Day Rally speech acknowledged that consuming such things is a matter of personal choice.

What about smoking or drinking alcohol? On the surface, we see consumption of these as social ills and so requiring regulation or prohibition. However, will the intention of such policies be manifested as consequence in reality? What about the consequences - both seen and unseen- of such policies?

More than whether smoking and other vices are good or bad, the real question that must be answered is how to best minimise consumption of “social ills”? Which works better – regulation & prohibition or the free market? As the economist Milton Friedman has said, “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results”.

DISCLAIMER: We are not seeking to promote any form of drug use or substance abuse anywhere through our talk, but merely exploring the economics associated with different types of approaches to the problem.

[About the speaker]
Our speaker, Mr Bart Remes is the Managing Director at Economica Action. He specialises in economics, business strategy, coaching and digital marketing. Mr Remes is also a director at Climatekos where he advises on the economics of climate change. He has a passion for communicating the complex ideas of economics in plain language and does this daily for his clients. He will be touching on the topic of prohibition and the social and economic ramifications of prohibition policies.

[Who should attend?]
If you're an Economics or Politics student, this would be ideal for you. Anyone with an interest in current affairs, and concerned about how to deal with harmful vices and substances in society will benefit. Our events are tailored for students and young people, but everyone is welcome to attend.

[Programme in brief]
- Arrival (4pm)
- Talk by Mr Bart Remes (4.15pm - 5pm)
- Interactive Session of Q&A (5pm - 530pm)
- Networking (530pm - 6pm)

[Who are we?]
We are a part of a student movement in Singapore passionate about the intellectual tradition of classical liberalism. We believe that free and open societies enrich the lives of individuals and we aim to spread these ideas further. We are also affiliated with the International Students for Liberty (SFL) movement. Find out more here: https://www.studentsforliberty.org/about/

[Other notes]
The location has been confirmed. It is at ACC Eduhub (51 Cuppage Road, #03-01), a 3 mins walk from Somerset MRT. If you are interested to find out more about this or would like to offer your help, please email us at bcheang@studentsforliberty.org
Sat Oct 28, 2017
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM SGT
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