“Power and greed and corruptible seed…”

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.


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