Was Adam Smith the founder of free-market economics?

Who really started free-market economics?

“I read with deep disappointment your full page attack on Adam Smith in the latest Barron’s,” wrote economist Mark Skousen to Soho Forum Director and Barron’s columnist Gene Epstein. Mark was targeting Gene’s column, “The Trouble with Adam Smith.”

Here’s an excerpt from that column, which prompted Mark to challenge Gene to a public debate:

“In his book, The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith advocated usury laws that would cap the interest rate at 5%, which is one of the worst forms of price control. Imagine that we’re arguing with a progressive politician who would make high-interest lending illegal. That legislator need only cite The Wealth of Nations to prove that our high priest also believed that such practices should be outlawed.”

Mark and Gene will square off on Tuesday, June 13th. I will be moderating as Mark takes the affirmative, and Gene the negative, on the resolution:

“Adam Smith should be honored as the founder of modern economics and free-enterprise capitalism,”

?You won’t want to miss it.?

Naomi Brockwell

Tuesday June 13, 2017

Subculture Theater
45 Bleecker St., NY, 10012
Doors open: 5:45pm
Meeting convenes: 6:30pm
Wine-and-cheese reception: 8:15pm
*Moderated by Naomi Brockwell


Tickets must be reserved in advance.

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June 13, 2017

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