Liberty, understood through free markets, limited government, and the rule of law, is exemplified in the writings of Adam Smith.

Adam Smith’s Enlightened World is a project of Liberty Fund made possible by the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

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The Regularity of Irregularity

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Would Adam Smith Protest in a Pandemic?

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This strong resentment and thirst for vengeance, which are approvable according to Smith because they are a reaction to the disapproved of action of police brutality, can also be viewed as nourished by the mutual sympathy that is shared within a large community.

AdamSmithWorks June 10, 2020

Book IV, Chapter 2

Of Restraints upon the Importation from Foreign Countries

AdamSmithWorks June 10, 2020

Book IV, Chapter 1

Of the Principle of the Commercial or Mercantile System

AdamSmithWorks June 10, 2020

Book III, Chapter 4

How the Commerce of the Towns Contributed to the Improvement of the Country

AdamSmithWorks June 10, 2020

“Who are you wearing?” Fashion production in the age of Adam Smith

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AdamSmithWorks June 9, 2020

Book III, Chapter 3

Of the Rise and Progress of Cities and Towns

AdamSmithWorks June 9, 2020

Book III. Chapter 2

Of the Discouragement of Agriculture in the Ancient State of Europe after the Fall of the Roman Empire

AdamSmithWorks June 9, 2020

Book III, Chapter 1

Of the Natural Progress of Opulence

AdamSmithWorks May 27, 2020

The Psychological and Normative Framework of TMS

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