Saturday, October 24, 2009

On Some Rightists

Alex, the Yorkshire Ranter had some comments about "libertarians", that is, propertarians. (I've previously mentioned Alan Haworth, another Britisher I find amusing on that topic.)

I've wondered about Gavin Kennedy. I agree that it's bad history to claim Adam Smith's metaphor of the invisible hand is about allocative efficiency and clarified by the first welfare theorem. Consider:
"Yet the project of appropriating the politics of the Wealth of Nations to the consideration of the present has not lost its attractions... Examples of this proliferate. One has only to look to ...Gavin Kennedy (2005, a former Scottish Nationalist Party economics spokesperson)..." -- Murray Milgate & Shannon C. Stimson (2009) After Adam Smith: A Century of Transformation in Politics and Political Economy, Princeton University Press.

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