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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,…

Cosmos + Taxis: Upcoming Symposia

An exciting 18 months of symposia in the offing with top-notch contributors and with replies by each author. See the C+T website and FB page. In no particular order: Mikayla Novak’s Inequality: An Entangled Political Economy Perspective — to be edited by Brendan Markey-Towler Roger Scruton’s Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition — to be…

Lessons from Burke on the origins of our present discontent

The very excellent “philosopher king” Jesse Norman on Britain’s current malaise. Burke understood how language could be debased through the rhetoric of abstract nouns such as “liberty” or “equality”, which move people without enlightening them. ConservatismEdmund BurkeJesse NormanLiberalismMichael Oakeshottregressive left

Liberalizing Liberalism

I hesitate to use the word “intellectual” because those that comprise the list below (a) don’t conform to the usual “professional” thinker profile and (b) derivatively, wouldn’t want to be tarnished by this now cheapened label (i.e. The Intellectual Yet Idiot). The names listed below are insightful and most are very funny and entertaining. These people are distinguished first…