am 31. Juli 1999
Two centuries ago, Adam Smith explained the modern free-market economy. More than that, he discusses the need for, advantages of, and limitations of a free markets.
The introduction in this printing is especially good. Almost a book in itself, it extend for 50 pages and connects the book to other philosophers and economists. Almost, you don't need to read the book after you've read the introduction -- but do it anyway, just to be amazed at Smith's prescience.
am 27. Dezember 2014
"Wealth of Nations," un des rares traité d'économie qui ne soit pas ennuyeux. Beaucoup d'économistes classique et néo-classique se réclament de la pensée d'Adam Smith, il est donc indispensable de connaître l'oeuvre dans sa langue originale. De plus, Karl Marx a emprunté beaucoup de concepts à cet auteur, sans toujours mentionner sa source. J'ai dit.
am 31. Juli 2000
Two hundred years ago capitalism was really beginning to take over as the dominant economic system. Capitalism was at the time a system allowing an economic and scientific growth, much faster than under the feudal systems, and played a progressive role. However capitalism led to a new kind of oppression of the working class. Adam Smith gave the bourgoise a theory stating that their oppression of the working class was for the common good of all mankind, thus serving as an apology for oppression.
This book is a lousy apology. Capitalism is an old-fashioned economic system, ready to become buried on the scrapyard of history. Workers of all countries, Unite!