Happy Birthday, Adam Smith

Today, June 5th, is Adam Smith’s birthday, in the year 1723.  He would be 285 today.  As I noted a year ago today, he was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, a dozen miles north of Edinburgh across the Firth of Forth: Although his birth home has since been...

Happy Birthday, Adam Smith

Today is Adam Smith’s Birthday: June 5, 1723. He would be 284 today. He was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, about 12 miles north of Edinburgh across the Firth of Forth, and is buried just off the Royal Mile in Edinburgh itself. Although there is no memorial to Adam...

Would Adam Smith (1776) Publish Online?

At the intersection of the original Adam Smith and the ‘net is, well, irresistible territory.  And now we have it in the current Forbes, courtesy of P.J. O’Rourke’s "Adam Smith:  Web Junkie." Here’s the thesis, which is...

“Wealth” and “Conscience”

At "Adam Smith, Esq.," we don’t talk about Adam Smith himself very much, but at year-end it seems appropriate to pay a moment’s homage to this site’s intellectual godfather and, I hope, provide those of you who may not have studied him...
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