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Smith, Trugot and Quesnay were really the first economists and they wrote for an elite audience. So they were free to state many things in what, today, would be considered 'shockingly bad taste'. A contemporary student of economics accustomed to stating things so baldly would have trouble assembling the necessary professors to advance to candidacy for a PhD.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Apr 30th, 2013 at 09:43:56 AM EST
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