P.J. O’Rourke on The Wealth of Nations

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P.J. O’Rourke on The Wealth of Nations

This book is part of a Series of books published by Atlantic Monthly Press called “ Books That Changed The World”. While P.J. O’Rourke is better known for his dry wit and political satire, this is a more serious book. It is an excellent commentary on Adam Smith as a philosopher and futurist. O’Rourke does a great job distilling the tome that is An Inquiry in to the Nature and Causes of The Wealth of Nations and compiling comments on Smith from his contemporaries up to the present time. He also adds the insightful quips that he is so well known for, and does not disappoint. Smith clearly saw the danger of courts altering contracts, understood that money is information communicating opinion, and explained how money will leave any location where it is subject to the excessive violence of regulation, taxation, and protectionist schemes. Well worth the time to read.

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