The Dord of Darien

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An inquiry into the nature and causes of getting big-government leftists to write introductions to Adam Smith

I just got a beautiful hard-bound set of The Wealth of Nations, which is one of my personal favourite philosophical works, as you might expect. The introduction is, rather perversely, an excerpt from a paper by John Kenneth Galbraith — a keynesian, big-government progressive with a bias toward high taxes and state control of the economy. Does that seem weird to anybody but me? I mean, political views notwithstanding (yeah, I think Galbraith was a fool, but that’s not the point), it strikes me as plain odd to introduce a work with a paper basically condemning every word of it. It would be like printing a Bible with an introduction taken from The God Delusion.

February 10th, 2009 Posted by | Bullshit | no comments

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