Schumpeter, Smith, and **The Wealth of Nations**

Human Action and God

One of my favorite writers once said of Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, “Tocqueville’s book has so much good sense in it that it seems almost meanspirited to raise a complaint. But since its flaw is important, and happens to be shared by many contemporary writers on America, it needs to be exposed”. My thoughts and sentiments regarding John D. Mueller’s Redeeming Economics are quite similar. This book was recommended to me by someone I respect, Mueller provides some excellent arguments regarding popular arguments that tend to undermine the pro-life movement, and it introduces readers to Jacques Rueff, one of the most important statesmen of the 20th century.

Nevertheless, there are important flaws in Mueller’s book, so I am going to spend some time here reviewing them. One such flaw in Mueller’s book is his account of Adam Smith and classical economics. Though there are a number of points I…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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