Thinking about Troy and Homer

I’m working on a story, imagining an old Greek singer complaining about ‘Young Homer’ who has reinvented a fine old take, saying things that never happened.

In connection with this, I have completed a short essay on why the story as we have it is very unlikely to be true.  Modern authors typically snip out the supernatural bits but keep the rest.  But archaeology contradicts the standard version.

Priam’s Tragedy and the Wrath of Achilles is available here.

The Gap in Adam Smith’s doctrine

Why Profit Need Not Be Wealth-Creating.  The flaw in Adam Smith’s arguments.

How National Economies Really Grow.  The alternative system of Friedrich List, who recognised that real economics depends on nation-states.

Adam Smith’s Friends and the birth of Conspiracy Theory.  His connections to several influential individuals, including James Watt and John Robison.  Robison believed in a conspiracy of Freemasons behind the French Revolution.  He had nothing to say about Jews, but the notion later evolved into anti-Semitic fantasies like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.