Alexander Jesse Norman is a British politician serving as Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Member of Parliament, writer, and author of the book, The Big Society.
Chapter 52 of the Book Club is here, this weeks guest is Jesse Norman MP, he's here to talk about 'Adam Smith: What He Thought, and Why it Matters'. Adam Smith is now widely regarded as 'the father of modern economics' and the most influential economist who ever lived. But what he really thought, and what the implications of his ideas are, remain fiercely contested. If you enjoyed this podcast, make sure you check through the archive for one you may have missed or why not listen to For The Many, Iain's podcast with Jacqui Smith or Cross Question! Iain Dale Monday - Thursday, 7-10pm on LBC. https://www.iaindale.com/
Politician Jesse Norman talks to Reading People about politics, Hereford, the potential of NMiTE and shares insider knowledge on life in Westminster. Books: The Rule of Law by Tom Bingham The Long and the Short of It: a Guide to Finance and Investment for Normally Intelligent People Who Aren’t in the Industry by John Kay Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler High Windows by Philip Larkin Advice for future students: The secret to entrepreneurship, or indeed any project, is turning up at the finish line. Don’t get disheartened, don’t get turned away. Torquil Norman, Jesse’s father. Since recording on 01/02/19, Jesse has been appointed as Paymaster General and Financial Secretary to the Treasury.
Adam Smith is the most quoted and misquoted economist of all time. Sam Leith talks to Jesse Norman MP, author of the new Adam Smith: What He Thought and Why It Matters (reviewed in last week’s Spectator by Simon Heffer). Norman argues that we can only understand Smith in the round by reading his Theory of Moral Sentiments as well as the Wealth of Nations; and by putting him in the context of the Scottish Enlightenment and the thinkers such as Hume who surrounded and influenced him. But he also says that a proper appreciation of Smith’s thought has relevance for us right to the present day. And he even ventures a thought on what the Sage of Kirkcaldy would have made of Brexit. Presented by Sam Leith.
Adam Smith is the most quoted and misquoted economist of all time. Sam Leith talks to Jesse Norman, author of the new Adam Smith: What He Thought and Why It Matters (reviewed in last week’s Spectator by Simon Heffer). Norman argues that we can only understand Smith in the round by reading his Theory of Moral Sentiments as well as the Wealth of Nations; and by putting him in the context of the Scottish Enlightenment and the thinkers such as Hume who surrounded and influenced him. But he also says that a proper appreciation of Smith’s thought has relevance for us right to the present day. And he even ventures a thought on what the Sage of Kirkcaldy would have made of Brexit. Presented by Sam Leith.
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Creator Details

Birthdate
Jun 23rd, 1962
Location
Hereford, England, United Kingdom
Episode Count
4
Podcast Count
4
Total Airtime
2 hours, 16 minutes
PCID
Podchaser Creator ID logo 865173