Adam Smith, protectionist, progressive income tax supporter and unionist
Here is a great "interview" with Adam Smith, he who is idealized by shallow libertarians and Clintonoids who think the NAFTA is just swell!
Michael Lind, who wrote the article, may have been familiar with others who have made similar points about Adam Smith, including John Kenneth Galbraith, who wrote an article on this very subject for Harper's about 30 years ago. Here is one quote from the "Wealth of Nations" that Lind missed:
“People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.” [Wealth of Nations, I.x.c.27: p 145]
Hat tip to David Brin. David believes Democrats are well-advised to re-claim Smith as our own. Perhaps. I'd like to claim Hamilton, who is very close to home. I think he'd sniff a bit at my support of unions, but I don't think a man who proposed the government regulated bank would be against government paid for health insurance...Plus, he was a big promoter of tariffs (See Federalist Paper No. 11, paragraph 3, for example).