Most of today’s economics students are victims of scrapping history of economic thought from our courses. Whatever little we know is just picked from here and there. This just leads to incomplete and unbaked information which is even more dangerous as much of it is misconceptions.
Jag Bhalla has a reminder on associating Adam Smith with just Laissez-Faire economics. I mean this aspect is now much more of standard knowledge that Adam Smith was hardly just a free market enthusiast. He was more of a moral philosopher than really an economist. But then we continue to err and think Smith to be a Laissez-Faire economics man.
Bhalla points to a whole list of links where he points to these modern misuses..