Adam Smith’s dinner: man-made?
Two PP-relevant books to report on. Who Cooked Adam Smith's Dinner has a chirpy title and a distinctive style. Katrina Marçal is a Swedish journalist who lays about her with relish. Her main target is homo economicus, beginning with the eponymous Scottish original. The answer to the title's question is 'his mother', and Marçal's treatment of AS is characteristic of her general approach: vigorous, often amusing, landing some good heavy punches, but not exactly even-handed. Old Adam gets labelled as an advocate of every=man-for-himself, with not much nuance about it, which is a tad simplistic. It's an enjoyable and stimulating book, and many economists deserve the mauling they get. When it…Read More