The radical message of Marx
was betrayed by Russia.
The radical message of the gospels
was betrayed by the Holy Roman Empire.
Adam Smith, considered a radical
in his day, is continually betrayed
by self-annointed “liberals”
and “libertarians” who turn the text
inside out to defend the absolute evil
of laissez-faire capitalism.
Proclaim a doctrine
of rapacious non-empathy if you must
but stop using great texts
as smoke screens
before writing about the wealth of nations, Smith, like his mentor, Francis Hutcheson, wrote a considerable tome on Moral Sentiments. Americans would do well to read it.