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The Classical School by Callum Williams

The Classical School

The Turbulent Birth of Economics in Twenty Extraordinary Lives

Callum Williams

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Profile Books Ltd
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Publication date: 23 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781788161817
4 stars out of 5
Philip Aldrick
7 May 2020

"a brisk, absorbing and entertaining history lesson, perfectly packaged for the time-hungry reader"

Yet rather than revere them, Williams knocks the big beasts off their pedestals, with Smith and Marx selected for his fiercest critiques. Smith’s fame, he argues, derives not from original thinking, but from repackaging others’ ideas more persuasively. Williams also shows how Marx could not be bothered with evidence, building his entire case against capitalism around the flawed assumption that value is derived from labour input. Marx avoided writing two further volumes of Capital because he knew his errors could not be resolved. The chapters on the less well-known members of the canon are good, despite the inclusion of one or two fairly incidental characters. 

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