Adam Smith™

  • "Maybe I Am Easily Scared"

    Our modern pilgrim sets forth in search of Worldly Wlsemen who might vouchsafe us a cure for our economic woes. Encountering puzzlements and contradictions, he explores the gloomy Caves of Establishment Dire, survevs the Spires of Oily Araby, discovers the perilous Valley of the Crossover. Along the way he meets Good News John, the Rueful Banker, the Jolly Hoarder, the Worried Multimillionaire. He strives to find the elusive Crisis of Energy, and vainly seeks sanctuary from the Beast of Inflation, which gnaws at the Virtues of Work and Thrift. When last seen, he is adrift in the Sea of Uncertainty.  

  • "The Arabs, Their Money ... and Ours"

    If oil is $22 a barrel, does that mean $2 bread and 10 cent dollars? Do oil countries care about unemployment and inflation in the West? If USC fields a winning football team, will the Saudi Arabians be nicer to us? And what are they going to do with all that wealth? These are some of the many questions Adam Smith found himself asking when he traveled to the Middle East recently with the United States Secretary of the Treasury.  

  • The Meditation Game

    Adam Smith, formerly of Wall Street, sets out on the road to psychic health, higher understanding, Nirvana; and along comes a character in a bed sheet off the Air India flight, and he says, “Why don’t you say gazoom gazoom gazoom.” And it works!

  • The Last Days of Cowboy Capitalism

    Well, Watchman, What of the Night? Arthur Burns’s Angst; Prince Valiant and the Protestant Ethic; Work and Its Discontents; Will General Motors Believe in Harmony? Will General Electric Believe in Beauty and Truth? Of the Greening and Blueing, and Cotton Mather; What Is To Be Done on Monday Morning?

  • If Something Happens to Me, Whatever You Do, Don't Sell My Ibm

    by “ADAM SMITHS,”who is not 245 years old but is instead a pseudonymous chronicler of the mystification and mores of Wall Street. Next month Random House will publish his book THE MONEY GAME, from which these comedies of the investment life are taken.