Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Stretching a Metaphor Too Far

A pseudonymous Blogger writes (15 September) on Westhawk (‘idealism, then reason’) HERE:

“Who deals better with Putin? Sarkozy or Adam Smith?”

'While French President Nicolas Sarkozy leads the European effort to deal with Russia’s incursion into Georgia, might Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” have the tightest grip on Vladimir Putin’s neck?'

What does it mean?

The post seems to believe that economic uncertainty constrains Putin over Georgia. If so why doesn’t he or she say so?

Is this an example of the author’s ‘idealism’ (sign of a virgin cynic?) or his/her ‘reason’ (sign of gullibility?).

In any case, it has nothing to do with Adam Smith.



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