A Say’s Law moment

There are three events coming to a head at the moment that relate to my work on Say’s Law.

There is, firstly, the publication of the 2nd ed. of Free Market Economics which will be co-published by the Institute of Economic Affairs in London. On my involvement with the IEA in the publication of this book, I have written:

Let me also add how delighted I am that this second edition is being published in association with the Institute of Economic Affairs. There has been no organisation more influential on my way of thinking about economic issues than the IEA which almost alone stood up for free markets and free enterprise in those dark days of the 1970s and early 1980s. It was the IEA which brought to wider public attention authors such as Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek and James Buchanan. The points they made have to be continually re-iterated as ideas with a less impressive academic provenance, not to mention frequently disastrous economic results, continually take hold in public policy debates

Then, second, if it can be arranged, I will be off to the First Congress on Jean-Baptiste Say and the Entrepreneur in Auchy on the north coast of France. This is the letter of invitation I received last night.

Dear Colleague,

I am honored to invite you to participate in the 1st International Congress Jean-Baptiste Say- RNI Summer School 2014, organized by the Research Network on Innovation and the International Society Jean-Baptiste Say (SAYS) from the 27th to 30th August 2014 at Universite du Littoral Cote d’Opale, Boulogne-sur-Mer and at Auchy-les-Hesdin (Nord-Pas­ de-Calais, France):

The conference is composed of various conferences, workshops and cultural activities (Cf. the program of the conference http://says.univ-littoral.fr/?page id= 102). Your contribution to the academic debates and your participation in different activities during will be highly appreciated.

I am looking forward to meeting you this summer.

I wish I were ten years younger. I didn’t think it would come to this, but travel has a lot of wear and tear. But for this one I am definitely ready to make the effort. Say is returning, and even though they focus on his work on the entrepreneur, they only leave out Say’s Law because it is too contentious.

And last but definitely not least, there is the movie being made that has, at its very centre, a series of principles of economic management based on Say’s Law. If you would like to read the book from which the movie is being made from, it’s called Waffle Street. It is premised on an understanding of Say’s Law so you’d hardly think it’s movie material but the world is stranger than you can sometimes believe. But if you get the book, you will see nine principles at the end, the first one being, “production is the source of all consumption”, that is, demand is constituted by supply. I am told there is a cameo of my Say’s Law and the Keynesian Revolution that has been filmed. But whether or not it makes it past the cutting room floor, this is strangely the first movie ever made based on an economic principle. It also has an incredible story line that has the potential to make it the movie of the year. If you don’t believe me, read the book, and if you do, make sure you get to the list of nine “Articles of Economic Faith” at the end.

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