Bourgeois Virtues in Action

Sarah Skwire The “most modern man” in Dickens, John Wemmick from Great Expectations, makes much of the importance of separating what Deirdre McCloskey calls the P-values of prudence from the S-values of sociability.  “The office is one thing, and private life is another. When I go into the office, I leave the Castle [his home] … More Bourgeois Virtues in Action

Welcome Sarah Skwire!

Lynne Kiesling I am thrilled to welcome my friend, knitting buddy, poetry expert, and all around Renaissance woman Sarah Skwire as a guest blogger! Sarah’s incisive intellect enables her to see connections across literature, economics, and political theory, and we welcome her insightfulness whenever the economics bug bites. Welcome, Sarah.

The Matt Ridley Prize for Environmental Heresy

Michael Giberson The Spectator magazine in the U.K. announces the Matt Ridley Prize for Environmental Heresy: Matt Ridley has long deplored the wind farm delusion, and was appalled when a family trust was paid by a wind farm company in compensation for mineral rights on land on which it wanted to build a turbine. The … More The Matt Ridley Prize for Environmental Heresy

Book Review: A Genius For Money

Lynne Kiesling Today’s Wall Street Journal has a review, King of the Shopkeepers, of a new biography from Caroline Dakers. A Genius For Money tells of the rags-to-riches life of James Morrison, a Victorian innovator of retailing and banking in England. I can already tell that I am going to order the book as soon … More Book Review: A Genius For Money