Big Three in Economics: Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John by Skousen M.

By Skousen M.

The massive 3 in Economics unearths the turbulent lives and the conflict of principles of the 3 such a lot influential economists in international historical past: Adam Smith, representing laissez faire, Karl Marx reflecting the unconventional socialist version, and John Maynard Keynes symbolizing immense govt and the welfare state.This is a background of recent economics and the conflict of opposing issues of view, with the first concentrate on the "Big Three," one for every century. within the twenty-first century, Adam Smith's "invisible hand" version has won the higher hand, and capitalism has eventually gained the conflict of principles over socialism and interventionism. yet even within the period of globalization and privatization, Keynesian and Marxist principles proceed to play an important position in financial coverage within the private and non-private sectors.

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T]hey divide with the poor the produce of all their improvements. They are led by an invisible hand to, . . without intending it, without knowing it, advance the interests of the society. (Smith 1982 [1759], 183–85) The third mention, already quoted above, occurs in a chapter on international trade in The Wealth of Nations, where Smith argues against restrictions on imports, and against the merchants and manufacturers who support their mercantilist views. Here is the complete quotation: As every individual, therefore, endeavours as much as he can both to employ his capital in the support of domestic industry, and so to direct that industry that its produce may be of the greatest value; every individual necessarily labours to render the annual revenue of the society as great as he can.

Defenders of market economics use it in a positive way, characterizing the market hand as “gentle” (Harris 1998), “wise” and “far reaching” (Joyce 2001), one that “improves the lives of people” (Bush 2002), while contrasting it with the “visible hand,” “the hidden hand,” “the grabbing hand,” “the dead hand,” and the “iron fist” of government, whose “invisible foot tramples on people’s hopes and destroys their dreams” (Shleifer and Vishny 1998, 3–4; Lindsey 2002; Bush 2002). Critics use contrasting comparisons to express their hostility toward capitalism.

As Salim Rashid states, “perhaps the ‘Invisible Hand’ can be thought of as the directing hand of the Deity” (Rashid 1998, 219). Though not a traditional Christian, Smith was familiar with the Bible and Christian beliefs. ” St. Paul wrote to Timothy, “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:17; see also Colossians 1:15–16). 26 THE BIG THREE IN ECONOMICS It is curious how frequently modern-day economists have invoked religious terminology in describing the invisible hand.

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