For the first time in my life I’m in Jerusalem. Walking earlier today through the Old City, I was indeed – as Russ Roberts assured me I would be – taken back a few millennia in time. But I was also struck by the ubiquity of commerce; everywhere merchants are hawking goods and services (the latter including the many people who approached me offering to serve as my guide). I suspect this propensity to truck, barter, and exchange was no less prevalent when the Romans, and then later the Ottomans, ruled here.
And I smiled especially at these two signs – each in Jerusalem’s Old City – of modern, glorious globalization. (This alum of Auburn wonders how one says “Roll Tide!” in Hebrew.)