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How Nature Helps Fathers Nurture

Jeremy Adam Smith, Summer Allen Some dads are very involved in the lives of their children--while other fathers neglect, ignore, or even abuse their kids. That's a fact. Are there biological factors that could help explain why some fathers...Show More Summary

Lunch Links: Congressman Beats State Tax Commission; Rhode Island Revelations; Paying Property Taxes with $1 Bills

Today is June 16, Adam Smith’s 293rd birthday. The Scottish author of The Wealth of Nations was arguably the first person to put pen to paper about what makes a good tax system, and the principles of sound tax policy that we follow today...Show More Summary

Gillian Tett's Actions to Achieve Inclusive Capitalism

Gillian Tett US Managing Editor, Financial Times Ask a financier today in the City of London or Wall Street to name the founding father of modern capitalism, and they will probably invoke the words "Adam Smith." After all, three long...Show More Summary

Adam Smith Isn’t the Real Economic Hero — His Mother Is

Chances are, unless you're one of those people who thrives on staying up all night trawling Wikipedia, you do not know who Margaret Douglas is. It's more likely you've heard of her son, the Scottish philosopher Adam Smith, whose Wealth of Nations is largely considered to be the foundation for our modern-day ... More »

Polarisation around the issue of immigration makes this #EURef a ‘Plebiscite to Nowhere’…

The Sunday Telegraph/Adam Smith Institute YouGov poll is by far the most revealing poll about the EU so far. It’s not the slender lead for Brexit that’s the distinguishing features but the dilemma it reveals at the very heart of the Referendum question.   Here’s some the key detail: In essence a vote for Brexit more...

The Problem With Inequality, According to Adam Smith

Dennis Rasmussen at ?The Atlantic The Problem With Inequality, According to Adam Smith, by Dennis C. Rasmussen, ?The Atlantic:...Many a scholar has made a career, in recent decades, by pointing out that this view of Smith is a gross...

The Problem With Inequality, According to Adam Smith

The allure of extreme wealth can contort human sympathies, causing the public to admire the wealthy and shun the poor. 

Donald Trump Proves Money Buys Influence

Adam Smith on Twitter: Donald Trump is not great at this "not being influenced" thing he brags about. pic.twitter.com/nYheACSgIB — Adam Smith (@asmith83) June 2, 2016 … Continue reading ?

The Benefits of Feeling Awe

Jeremy Adam Smith Camping in New Mexico, far from cities and their light pollution, Craig Anderson would look up and feel small under the countless clear, bright, mysterious stars. Back home, he'd watch Star Trek and imagine "going where...Show More Summary

New issue of Econ Journal Watch

I cannot easily adjust the indentation, but this is all text from the journal issue, not from me: In this issue (.pdf): Symposium: My Understanding of Adam Smith’s Impartial Spectator The mysterious impartial spectator is addressed by...Show More Summary

Brexit: The EEAs(ier) Way Out

In a recent post, I mentioned how fears about Britain’s economic prospects outside the EU were damaging the chances of a Brexit vote on June 23. Channeling EU Referendum’s Richard North and the Adam Smith Institute’s Roland Smith, IShow More Summary

The Evolution of Christian Schools in a Liberal Society

On this blog, I have defended a Darwinian classical liberalism in which social order arises best through a largely spontaneous evolution in which individuals are free to pursue the satisfaction of their natural desires. Adam Smith described...Show More Summary

Despite the rise of Trump, conservatism isn’t dead yet

Sell your Adam Smith ties, everybody, and smash your busts of Ronald Reagan. It’s all over. Why? Because we have entered a new era of “nationalism,” or “patriotism,” or simply

This Is the New Era of Monopoly

For 200 years, there have been two schools of thought about what determines the distribution of income -- and how the economy functions. One, emanating from Adam Smith and nineteenth-century liberal economists, focuses on competitive markets. Show More Summary

How Ideas, Not Capital, Transformed the World: New at Reason

last monthNews : Reason

Contrary to economists from Adam Smith to Karl Marx to Thomas Piketty, our riches cannot be explained by the accumulation of capital, as the misleading word capitalism implies. The Great Enrichment did not come from piling brick on brick, or bachelor's degree on bachelor's degree, or bank balance on bank balance, but from piling idea on idea. Show More Summary

Today's Economic History: Adam Smith: Theory of Moral Sentiments, From Part IV: Of the Sentiment of Approbation

Adam Smith: [Of the Sentiment of Approbation | Library of Economics and Liberty](http://www.econlib.org/library/Smith/smMS4.html): >The utility of any object... pleases the master by perpetually suggesting to him the pleasure or conveniency which it is fitted to promote.... Show More Summary

American Power Under Challenge: Masters of Mankind (Part 1)

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By Noam Chomsky / TomDispatch We cannot gain a realistic understanding of who rules the world while ignoring the “masters of mankind,” as Adam Smith called them: in his day, the merchants and manufacturers of England; in ours, multinational conglomerates, huge financial institutions, retail empires, and the like.

The guy behind the popular, Trump-inspired 'Woman Cards' Kickstarter is someone you might already know

Last week, the now-presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump,  accused  Hillary Clinton of playing the "woman's card." That apparently got Adam Smith, the co-creator of the viral-meme sensation Texts from Hillary, thinking: Is...Show More Summary

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