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How Adam Smith would fix capitalism

Jesse Norman in the FT. Look out for the forthcoming symposium on Jesse’s soon-to-be released book in C+T. The real Adam Smith is a vastly wiser and more subtle thinker. He forces us to discard the usual simplistic slogans and tired clichés. But more than this: he still has a vast amount to teach us,…

Adam Smith

Marking the birth of the gentle professor. In the university of Oxford, the greater part of the public professors have, for these many years, given up altogether even the pretence of teaching.   Adam SmithDavid Humedistributed knowledgeinvisible handMoral psychologypolitical economyPropriety and Prosperity: New Studies on the Philosophy of Adam SmithSpontaneous orderTheory of Moral SentimentsWealth of…

Williams: Hume on Religion

The vulgar perhaps need a religion: if so, polytheism may well be better, as doing less harm. The sophisticated may well do without one: the trouble is that the religion they may be tempted to embrace may be even worse than the primitive one. Here also, and in some ways parallel, is a distinction that…

When and Why Nationalism Beats Globalism

Here’s a nuanced and deep analysis on Brexit and extrapolations for a wider phenomenon. Those who truly want to understand what is happening should carefully consider the complex interplay of globalization, immigration, and changing values. Since many academics are in the business of activism masquerading as inquiry, I wouldn’t hold my breath. I’d urge the more intellectually honest…