By Iain McLean (auth.)
Iain McLean reexamines the unconventional legacy of AdamSmith, arguing that Smith used to be an intensive egalitarian and that his paintings supported all 3 of the slogans of the French Revolution: liberty, equality, and fraternity. McLean means that Smith's the idea of ethical Sentiments , released in 1759, crystallized the notably egalitarian philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment. This booklet brings Smith into complete view, displaying how a lot of recent economics and political technology is in Smith. the writer locates Smith's background firmly in the context of the Enlightenment, whereas addressing the overseas hyperlinks among American, French, and Scottish histories of political thought.
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A long memo headed in Wedderburn's hand 'Smiths Thoughts on the State of the Contest with America, February 1778' is generally regarded as authentic. It certainly reads and sounds like Smith, with his characteristic calm insubordination. It proposes a clear-headed but radical solution to the American war, which in 1778 looked like an Iraq or a Vietnam: a war that the hegemonic power of the day had found it easy to enter but hard to exit. I analyse Smith's solutions in Chapter 6. The Life of an Absent-minded Professor 21 In the same year Smith was appointed a Commissioner of Customs for Scotland.
In the other, Hume tells a scandalised servant who has seen the nameplate that 'many better men than me have been saints'. It would be nice if at least one of these stories were true. Carlyle  1990,pp. 289-90. 8. But surviving drafts show that he probably wrote out his lecture notes in full. 9. 'If the people want to be deceived, let them be deceived'. Viner is commenting on the claim that Smith took drafts of WN to Benjamin Franklin, Richard Price and others, and amended them in the light of their comments.
But the broad outlines are clear. The dominant figure in British politics was now the astonishingly young Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger, son of the William Pitt of the Seven Years' War. Pitt the Younger first became Prime Minister at the age of twenty-four in 1783 and remained in power for the rest of Smith's life and the first half of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars. Smith's friend Henry Dundas was Pitt's indispensable right-hand man, who sat at Pitt's side each evening organising British politics as they drank a bottle or six of port or claret (Hague 2004, pp.