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The Invisible Hand

Thanks to Mr. Moriarty for taking this photo in Edinburgh, Scotland, where Smith is buried (not far from this statue.)


Tomorrow I am embarking on a trip to the wonderful country* of Scotland. (*Scotland is technically ruled by Her Majesty the Queen, E II R.)

What am I to learn by visiting the land of gingers for my sister’s graduation from St. Andrews? (I know some will ask, much to my consternation, in four years she hasn’t found time to play the Old Course.)

Scotland is home of the famed William Wallace of Braveheart lore, and roughly .59 times the population of New Jersey and slightly smaller than Maine in size.

Yet, Scotland is part of a government that effectively bans Lucky Charms (maybe to spite Ireland?), whereas I am a resident of a country that bans haggis. This should be interesting. In addition to being the home of golf, Scotland is also home to delicious Scotch (I do prefer bourbon) and Adam Smith.

Scotland is also nearing a referendum that might give it independence from the United Kingdom.

I shall keep you updated with dispatches. Stay tuned to this blog for more.

Wealth of Nations Friday Links


Today, in 1776, Adam Smith published “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations” which you can own for free if you have a kindle!

“Every man lives by exchanging.”― Adam Smith

NPR: How Do You Ship A Horse To The London Olympics? Carefully, And Via FedEx

MOSportsMag: Billikens Face La Salle in A-10 Quarterfinals

STLToday: SLU in good position to reach NCAA Tournament

ClotureClub: March Madness

WSJ: FBI’s ‘Sabu’ Hacker Was a Model Informant (Except maybe when he went all Ali G.)

NewsNet5: Taco Bell introduces Doritos taco shell

Letters of Note: Scientifically Yours,

Heaton: Acknowledging Problems on Facebook

Fiscal Times: Who Is Rich These Days? The Income Gap Myth

Reason: The Southern Poverty Law Center Is Now Writing About Pickup Artists as Hate Groups (These people have been nuts for some time.)

Atlantic Wire: Facebook Co-Founder Buys The New Republic

Rep. Cooper: Outdated laws and subsidies — how did it get so bad?

NYTimes: A smug education?

Onion: College Graduates Making 8% to 11% Less

TimesUnion: Any way you slice it, state’s fine takes a bite

Lifehacker: How to Turn a Lottery Ticket into a Good Bet

My friend Bobby sent me $5 for a beer tonight via Tweet a Beer

Rep. Chaffetz Drumming it up


Walking Dead Alternate Intro

Remy: Cough Drops-The Mandate (feat. Sandra Fluke)



Down goes Temple!

State Farm has really stepped up their ad game #Cavs

Birbigs: IFC nabs Sundance pic ‘Sleepwalk With Me’

TechPrez: A Political Geek’s Guide To South by Southwest

The Atlantic: Host

Stanford Law Review: Physical and Regulatory Takings: One Distinction Too Many

WSJ: Legal War Over NYC Rent Regulations