The Economist asks: Who was Adam Smith?

Anne McElvoy investigates the life of the Scottish philosopher now known as the father of modern economics. What does an author who died in 1790 have to teach us about trade wars and crony capitalism in the 21st century? And which American television villain kept a copy of “The Wealth of Nations” on his bookshelf?

Music by Chris Zabriskie “Divider” (CC by 4.0 UK)

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