Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Adam Smith - Cato Institute

The Cato Institute seems to be some kind of right wing think tank.  As such, they might be expected to have a particular angle on the work of Adam Smith, and on the whole highly partisan stuff is too predictable to be interesting.

The other thing that isn't very interesting is highly intellectual stuff using words and concepts that the academics all understand but which the general listener can't easily follow.  We get a bit of that right at the start.  The first ten minutes or so are highly turn off-able.  But after that things settle in to an intriguing account of one of the key figures of the Enlightenment.  Adam Smith has often been seen as an advocate for capitalism, but is actually much more important and significant than that.  His legacy belongs to everyone not just one side of the political debate.  If you don't know much about him this is a good place to start even if your politics don't match those of the Cato crowd.

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