Adam Smith on Public Policy: Teacher Compensation

by Paul Mueller on Dec 1, 2015

Adam Smith experienced higher education as both a student and a teacher. He thought it was important that teachers be held monetarily accountable to students.


Adam Smith on Public Policy: Education

by Paul Mueller on Nov 17, 2015

Adam Smith thought that everyone should receive an education, and that funding should be set up to comport with justice and to incentivize a high quality product.


Adam Smith’s Ethics: Happiness

by Paul Mueller on Oct 20, 2015

While Smith thought the state should be restricted to questions of commutative justice, he didn’t think other aspects of ethics were merely matters of taste.


Adam Smith’s Ethics: Sympathy

by Paul Mueller on Aug 25, 2015

Adam Smith’s ethical system is centered around the human capacity to put ourselves in another’s place.


Adam Smith’s Criticism of Government: Hubris

by Paul Mueller on May 19, 2015

Adam Smith argued that hubristic “men of system” shouldn’t be trusted to arrange society. Decentralized government or private action is to be preferred.


Adam Smith’s Criticism of Government: Knowledge

by Paul Mueller on May 7, 2015

Adam Smith argued that politicians and bureaucrats lack both the information required to make good decisions and the incentives to become better informed.


Exceptions to Liberty in Adam Smith’s Works

by Paul Mueller on Apr 15, 2015

Adam Smith’s commitment to liberty wasn’t without exceptions, but the centrality and import of those exceptions should not be exaggerated.


Was Adam Smith a Libertarian?

by Paul Mueller on Mar 25, 2015

Mueller introduces a series of posts about Adam Smith, giving a broad overview of his thought and situating him relative to other thinkers.