Natural and Unnatural Paths

Gary Coyne

Abstract


Adam Smith in Beijing is Giovanni Arrighis attempt to make sense of the rise of China and the fate of the neo-conservative Project for a New American Century, while at the same time speculating about the role of East Asia in the twenty-first century. In interpreting these current events Arrighi draws much from The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith classic of political-economy which proves to be surprisingly relevant despite being over two-hundred years old. One of the books unifying themes is Adam Smiths prediction that one day the inhabitants of all the different quarters of the world may arrive at that equality of courage and force, which by inspiring mutual fear, can alone overawe the injustice of independent nations into some sort of respect for the rights of one another (p. 3).

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jwsr.2009.322

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