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    Commodities in Economics: Loving or Hating Complexity.M. Shahid Alam - 2016 - Economic Thought 5 (1):1.
    A review of economic thought since the sixteenth century reveals two streams of economic discourse, dirigisme and laissez-faire. Starting with the mercantilists, dirigiste approaches to economics embrace the real-world complexity of commodities that often differ greatly in attributes that are growth- and rent- augmenting. Most importantly, this means that free trade is likely to be polarising: it concentrates growth- and rent-augmenting commodities in countries that already enjoy a head start in these commodities. Advanced countries, therefore, support laissez-faire, while lagging countries (...)
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    Racism Across Civilizations: Greece, Western Europe, Islam and China.M. Shahid Alam - 2003 - Science and Society 67 (2):205-217.
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