- I remember when we were all reading Adam Smith.
- It won’t do, you know, breaking machines: everything must go on—trade, manufactures, commerce, interchange of staples—that kind of thing—since Adam Smith, that must go on.
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- Adam Smith wrote about both moral and economic theory. His genius was in seeing how people’s selfish inclinations could be channeled for the betterment of society.
- The consequence is, that while he is reading Adam Smith, Ricardo, and Say, he runs his father in debt irretrievably.
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