Adam Smith is consistently held up as the great founder of economics and herald of capitalism. Murray Rothbard energetically disputed this characterization. Others, in turn, have criticized Rothbard’s criticism. So what are we to think?
About the Guest
Gene Epstein is economics and book review editor of Barron’s.
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