The Fate of Famous Economists

9 October 2009 at 9:09 am 2 comments

| Peter Klein |

Adam_Smith_GraveEven very famous ones. The Dundee Courier (what, you don’t read it?) reports that Adam Smith’s gravestone, in the courtyard of Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh, is in bad shape: “Smith’s gravestone could be in danger of deterioration after years of exposure to the elements, vandalism and neglect” (HT: MGK). According to a spokesperson for the World Monument Fund, cemeteries in the central parts of cities like Edinburgh have become “unsafe environment[s] home to illicit activities.” Apparently David Hume’s grave, elsewhere in Edinburgh, is also threatened. How ironic that we put dead politicians in great cathedrals and mausoleums (and, while living, give them Nobel Prizes), while actual heroes are abandoned and forgotten.

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  • 1. Rafe Champion  |  9 October 2009 at 5:56 pm

    You don’t need to read the Dundee Courier as long as you maintain your subscription to the Edinburgh Review.

    Somewhere there is a site with pictures of a whole lot of graves of famous economists. Or maybe it was a series of posts on a blog.

  • 2. Rafe Champion  |  10 October 2009 at 8:41 am

    In the long run…economists at rest

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