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Adam Smith was greater than his book
Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2019
The wealth of Nations is a great thick thing. This very slim volume means to boil it down to 150 pages. He does a good job to it.
This is not Hagiography. He finds where Smith made some weird sophistical arguments as well as the remarkably clear and far seeing ones. He by and large agrees with Smith, and finds his arguments have a great deal of force. But there are other discussions like the digression on the price of silver which make the judicious weep. And that digression is so weird and misses its point, and is so important for his main point.
Adam Smith had a philosophical system that was opposed to cant and special pleading. He demolishes the crooks and fools of 225 years ago, who still try and pick pockets with their tongues today. He tries to come top with better ideas for the administration of justice, but he admits that some of the problems of human existence are insoluble, that the best we can hope for is minor amelioration, not good systems that will replace the old.
I really enjoyed the book. But I have no desire to read the Wealth of Nations again. But there are excellent spots inn there.