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Adam Smith in Paris: La Comédie Italienne

In his 1995 biography of Adam Smith, Ian Simpson Ross (p. 209 & p. 213) reports that “Smith enjoyed the Paris opera season” and had “attended many plays and concerts, as well as the operas ….” during his 10-month sojourn … Continue reading

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Adam Smith in Paris: Madame Riccoboni

Note: this is the second post in a multi-part series. Most accounts of Adam Smith’s extended stay in Paris (Dec. 1765 to Oct. 1766) emphasize the pivotal role that Paris’s famed philosophical and literary “salons” had on Smith’s intellectual development. … Continue reading

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Adam Smith in Paris

Now that I have completed my multi-part reviews of the Jack Balkin and Mark Lemley papers, I will be “switching gears”, so to speak, and writing about Adam Smith’s eventful year in Paris — i.e., from late December of 1765 … Continue reading

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Can Facebook do better? Compared to what?

The first question forms the title of this recent op-ed in the New York Times by Kate Klonick, a social media expert who is a law professor at St John’s University Law School as well as a fellow at the … Continue reading

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Twitter Tuesday: The Parable of the Spoons

Here is a link to the Tweet thread by @balajis posted below, and here is a link to Alex Tabarrok’s blog post titled “The Lesson of the Spoons” referenced in the Tweet thread. I cannot, however, find any source authored … Continue reading

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Blessing of the Animals

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi. In his honor, pictured below is “The Blessing of the Animals” (1974-1978), a mural by Leo Politi, located on 125 Paseo de la Plaza in my hometown of Los Angeles, … Continue reading

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IASS Madison 2021 Final Schedule Announced!

Originally posted on International Adam Smith Society:
The final schedule for our upcoming 2021 conference in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin has been posted to the website. You can find it here. Please be sure to check your presentation dates, times, and…

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Happy Birthday, Charlie Brown

According to this entry in Wikipedia, the first Peanuts cartoon was published on this day (October 2) in 1950.

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Friday flowers

One of the advantages of walking versus cycling or driving is that one often finds little surprises that one might otherwise have missed. Pictured below, for example, are some of the flowers I encountered during my previous walk. (Weather permitting, … Continue reading

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The Peoples of Iran

Accurate ethnic map of iran from MapPorn

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