Adam Smith

Adam Smith would have approved of Trump’s trade tariffs

29 September 2018 9:00 am

Adam Smith might have approved of America’s tariffs

One of the famous victory tapestries shows John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, at the battle of Blenheim

Peter Ackroyd keeps his revolutions under control

19 November 2016 9:00 am

To write, and indeed to read, a history of considerable range, both in terms of chronology and of subject matter,…

Donald Trump is lashing out in all directions

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Trump denounces Muslims, Mexicans… and millionaires

The other side to the division of labour: the concentration of attention

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Adam Smith’s theory on the division of labour first appeared in 1776 in The Wealth of Nations. The idea was…

David Starkey’s diary: Why don’t we celebrate the triumphs of private dentistry?

18 April 2015 9:00 am

To the dentist. And for an extraction. I hadn’t had a tooth out in decades. But the twinges when I…

The low sculduggery of high Victorian finance

7 February 2015 9:00 am

The whole idea of capitalism, according to Enlightenment philosophers, was that it created a positive spiral of moral behaviour. ‘Concern…

Adam Smith is the father of more than one sort of economics

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Gandhi would test his resolve by sleeping between two naked virgins, an avenue not really open to me, as my…

The gilded generation - why the young have never had it so good

10 May 2014 9:00 am

The statistics speak for themselves. Today’s gilded generation is the most blessed that ever lived

America Plains

Has land ownership changed our lives for better or for worse?

8 February 2014 9:00 am

The highly profitable — and intrinsically selfish — system of land ownership that replaced medieval feudal tenure had profound moral consequences that continue to this day, says John Adamson

Stand up for the real meaning of freedom

4 January 2014 9:00 am

We need conservatism now more than ever