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The wrong anti poverty recipes of the left

The always challenging and informative Deirdre McCloskey one of the few taking on the tired, false and persistent inequality memes. Of course what the regressive left have done (and incoherently so) is to conflate patterns of inequality (access) with patterns of inequity (outcome). Worldwide even the income gap between rich and poor has radical [sic] declined. If you…

CFP: Economics in the Era of Natural Computationalism and Big Data

There will be a Cosmos + Taxis sponsored panel so please submit your proposals to C+T’s editor David Emanuel Andersson. agent-based simulationArtificial intelligenceBehavioral economicscomplexitycomputational economicscomputational intelligencecosmos & taxisdata scienceeconometricsEconomicsexperimental economicsFriedrich Hayekhistory of economicsneuroeconomicson- line gaming experimentspolitical economySelf-organization

Smith, Justice and the Scope of the Political

The intro to the final chapter — by Craig Smith There was a time when many commentators thought that there was a problem with Adam Smith. The tendency to read Smith’s thought as marred by supposed tensions between the ‘sympathy’ of The Theory of Moral Sentiments (TMS) and the ‘selfishness’ of The Wealth of Nations…

Adam Smith: 18th Century Polymath

Here is the intro to Roger Frantz’ chapter. ~~~~~~~ Adam Smith (1723-1790) was a polymath with several of his key concepts and theories either having modern counterparts and/or “enjoying” empirical support. Smith wrote about the origin and proper use of language, grammar, the history of astronomy and ancient physics, moral philosophy, music, dance, and poetry,…