Sunday, August 21, 2016

ROLL OF HONOUR no. 2

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From Bill Dunlop’s review (21 August) of a 2016 Edinburgh Festival play: Anything that Gives off light”
At one point, the 1745 Rising gets dragged in, along with a disconnected diatribe aimed at highlanders, despite some thirty per cent of Charles Stuart’s army being disgruntled lowland Episcopalians.
Adam Smith gets his ‘invisible hand’ flung in his face, although it’s clear that Smith’s frequently misinterpreted reference is to the propitious connections between Scots merchants in Holland, the Americas and his native Kirkcaldy.
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Bill Dunlop raises an interesting possibility worthy of further research  Smith's use of the metaphor certainly appears in a chapter dealing with that trilateral trade. I shall think of that context and post later.

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