20th century American author, longtime contributor to the Foundation for Economic Education

Born

1914

Died

13 Feb 2006

Articles

A Tribute to Edmund A. Opitz, by Robert A. Sirico, The Freeman, Oct 1993
"In the days ... when religious leaders taught variations on the theme that socialism was the practice of which Christianity was the religion—there was Ed Opitz, in a plethora of articles, boldly, yet calmly, adamantly, yet with respect, indicating with the most gentle and genteel of manners, that, in point of fact, the Emperor had no clothes."

Writings

Adam Smith and the Invisible Hand, The Freeman, Jun 1976
Explains mercantilism, the rationales for political power, the proper role of government, Adam Smith's metaphor of the "invisible hand", his concept of "equality, liberty and justice" and how a free society allocates economic goods
"Smith had made a name for himself with an earlier volume entitled Theory of the Moral Sentiments, published in 1759, but he is now remembered mainly for his Wealth of Nations, on which he labored for ten years. The Wealth of Nations sold briskly in the American colonies, some 2,500 copies within five years of publication, even though our people were at war. This is a remarkable fact, for there were only three million people living on these shores two centuries ago, and about one-third of these were Loyalists."
A Reviewer Remembered: John Chamberlain 1903-1995, The Freeman, Jun 1995
"John Chamberlain lived with the printed word most of his life. He was a reader from his earliest years and during his four years at Yale acquired a command of Western Civilization's literary treasures. John's fine literary sense developed early, along with a superb style."
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Leonard E. Read: A Portrait, The Freeman, Sep 1998
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