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O'Rourke on Smith

Posted By Don Boudreaux On January 28, 2008 @ 11:22 am In Entertainment | Comments Disabled

P.J. O’Rourke appeared recently on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show.  (The occasion is the release of the paperback version of O’Rourke’s book [1] on Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations [2].)  Here’s the Daily Show clip [3].

In this clip O’Rourke isn’t perfect on Smith — O’Rourke’s chief goal in this clip is to be funny, rather than scholarly.  But he’s got a few good lines.  I like especially the one about Smith wanting to "decentralize our badness."

HT Justin Cox

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[1] paperback version of O’Rourke’s book: http://www.amazon.com/Wealth-Nations-Books-Changed-World/dp/0802143423/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201537063&sr=1-1

[2] Wealth of Nations: http://www.econlib.org/library/Smith/smWN.html

[3] Here’s the Daily Show clip: http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=148347&title=p.-j.-o%E2%80%99rourke

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